blankboy (6150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared with the gang at Decemberfest 2006 -- courtesy of Jon. Pours a clear bubbly amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of UK hops, grain and sweet malt is unfortunately skunky -- damn clear bottles. Flavour of caramel malt and UK hops is also slightly off. Medium bodied. Probably a decent beer in here but if it keeps being imported in clear bottles Iíll never know.
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (500ml - clear). at Decemberfest 2006. Poured clear amber with a very small bit of head. Pretty nasty aroma of funk/skunk, sour papery cheap caramel malt, wet grain. Tate - sour; slightly skunky, with stale grassy hops and some brown sugar malt in the aftertaste. Dull body, sticky and moderately carbonated mouthfeel ... this might be a decent beer in a BROWN BOTTLE.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 14, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bright amber, sparkly, bright white porous top.
Aroma: medium pale malts, grainy character, light hints of alcohol.
Medium bodied, light bitter touch with malty base. Clean ale, a bit simple. Slightly thin hoppy finish.
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2006
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml Bottle @ Decemberfest 2006: When will breweries retire clear bottles once and for all? What purpose do they serve? Here we have a beer that, by the ratings that precede mine, I can assume is quite good. Unfortunately travel to Canada via clear bottle is not conducive to high ratings. Poured copper, very little head. Aroma is tons of skunk, and if you strain, some basic hops and malts. The flavour is very bitter and hoppy, with hints of caramel malt behind. I can tell it would be great if allowed to be.
berkshirejohn (4587) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Bottle: reddish amber with an off-white head; malty aroma and taste; very full in the mouth with some fruitiness and with a touch of pepper on the finish. A well-constructed old ale.
Fin (7539) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle picked up at Morrisonís, Bridport, Dorset. For a filtered, pasturised beer this really was very good. Poured reddy brown colour, aroma was predominantly malty and sweet, taste was also malty again bit sweet but very flavoursome with nuts and fruits also swishing around as I said very good GK beer.
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I bought a bottle of this stuff from my local Morrisonís. I was expecting it to be average as the bottle looked rubbish; well, I was presently surprised! It was a gorgeous ruby brown in colour, and had a distinctive sweet, but chiefly malty taste. It reminded me a bit of Speckled Hen. Nice. Good Old Bob!!!
imdownthepub (10481) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml, Aged 2 yrs. Ruby colour with white head with a very slight pink tinge. This bottle was brewed at the old Ridleys Brewery, so hopefully in the near future I can compare it to a GK version. This is soft and smooth silky with a warm alcohol note. The malt dominates with a sweet, sherry like fruity flavour. The finish is short. In all an accomplished beer without hitting great heights.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby brown with a fully diminishing white head. Very good sweet and malty aroma. Flavour is also malty with slight notes of honey. Hops make their presence felt in the finish. Low carbonation gives a nice texture. It is a shame these will be the last bottles.
bhensonb (11257) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color. Vanishing head. Lightly spicy, malty aroma. Seems a unique aroma. Not at all thin; a malty sweetness that is not cloying. The hops are present, but the malt persists to the finish. Itís really nice. Sad if the GK mob really have killed it. However, they are putting out a lot of ales, including Ruddles County, so letís not go too hard on them. Apparently Old Bob cask is still produced.