Benzai (13591) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled @ GBBF. Clear amber color, small off-white head. Smell and taste are very malty, kind of sweet, caramel, a hint of dark fruit. Low to average body and carbonation.
mR_fr0g (8870) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask gravity at the 2014 GBBF. Amber chrsnut colour thin halo off white head. Aroma is wood and twigs with berry, bark. Flavour is thin bark, twigs woodland English yeast. Some booze. Lingering berry.
Ferris (12374) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask - Toffee and some twig. Clear copper with a decent beige head. Toffe and light twig. Light and easy drinking.
Niall73 (2419) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gravity cask at GBBF 2014, 12/08/14. Pours dark amber with an off white head. Light chocolate, caramel aroma. Thin and watery. Hay, light caramel, grass. Very thin.
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask; ruby brown, moderate white head; aroma of caramel, lightly toasted malts; taste is also malty, slightly sweet, light toast; smooth mouthfeel; dark berries and a little twiggy; reminded me initially of ryvita cracker bread; chocolate notes came to the fore later in the drink and in the moderate bitter finish; likeable.
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Cleveland Arms - Bayswater, London. Pours clear, rich gold with a creamy, white head. Pleasant brown bread aroma with touches of toasted leaves. Light to medium sweet flavor with good, bouncy bready malts, light toast, brown sugar, faint berries, low bitterness. Light bodied with fine carbonation; great condition. Balanced finish with more citrusy now but underscored by fundamental, brown bread malts. A very drinkable bitter.
leaparsons (9755) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, The King’s Head, Leicester. Dark copper with an off white foam. Aromas are nutty black tea with lightly roasted malts. Hints of blackberry with herbal notes and spices. Flavours are toasted and roasted malts with nutty black tea and a dry palate. Some lemon and hedgerow berries with a dry finish. Not bad.
JorgeLee (1732) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask in the King’s Head W2. Ruddy brown bitter, thin head. Fruity and malty, quite a bit of caramel and some red/purple fruit. Quite sweet, not so bitter. Not my preferred style of bitter but pretty decent I thought.
rlgk (17911) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm. Deep amber beer with a small beige head. Malty fruity aroma, biscuits, grapes, some citrus. Caramel flavor, biscuits, grass, citrus, some hazelnuts. Fruity finish with some spicy hops.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Earthy hops, jam-like fruitiness and biscuit-y molasses move into leafy bitterness in this otherwise classic Bitter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear dark copper.
-The flavour profile is balanced.
-Interest is sadly lost halfway through the pint.
-The finishing hop bitterness is rather quiet.
-Malts flavours are tight.
On cask at The Old Green Tree, Bath.