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 (5949) - 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 (9463) - 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 Morrison’s, 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 Morrison’s. 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 (13033) - 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 (13980) - 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. It’s really nice. Sad if the GK mob really have killed it. However, they are putting out a lot of ales, including Ruddles County, so let’s not go too hard on them. Apparently Old Bob cask is still produced.
ALLOVATE (2874) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Could this surely be retired if the bottles I tasted were fresher than another just imported, and could GK’s dream of total world domination be apparent; gasp, splutter!!!<!-- br -->
Anyway, this turned out to be a good, honest quaffer that hit the spot on a sunny autumn Sunday. Pours a bright, deep tawny copper with a thin, soapy white head that left minor lacing. Pine needles, stinging nettles, tart dried fruit and cinnamon blend into the intriguing waft that alofts the glass. Its creamy in the mouth and dominated by earthy and richly floral ’Fuggles’ hops plus an array of estery fruit tones that give it a ripe, tangy blend that, with aid of dark malts, make for a woody, nutty and tight, vinous palate. I love Fuggles hops and a beer like this showcases why they are the perfect Noble hop for aroma and flavour. Some nuttiness dies off into an earthy, tangy and floral finish that was refreshing as well as filling. Body is medium, somewhere some bottled British beers never manage to enter, yet sadly the carbonation is gassy and annoying but short-lived giving it more oomph late into drinking. If it’s retired I’d be sad, but available bottled stock tell a different story. A nice quaffer. (50cL, 28/11/06, Jandakot Liquor)
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely reddy amber body with a good size, lasting white head. Inital whiff of caramel that was quickly replaced by dried dark fruits. A hint of smoke in the taste but mainly the dried fruits featuring the most, also a bit nutty, malt, medium body with a long finish. Enjoyable!
KnutAlbert (6675) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful amber ale, large rocky head. Rich malty taste, fruity bitterness in the finish. A fine beer!