DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Handpump at the Vat & Fiddle, Nottingham 17/07/2004
Amber coloured and strong in alcohol with some fruit aroma. Warming slightly bitter caramel malt finish.
imdownthepub (9623) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at The Woolpack, Banbury. Dark reddish brown with malty head. Thick on palate, dark roasted fruity beer, didn’t taste like old ale though, more a fruity sweet malty beer. Warming alcohol kick, very moorish. Enjoyable.
Nekronos (3603) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 Not bad, a little creamy as well. Good colour and shape. Good head, a little strong, but not bitter sweet as other strong ales. Not tiring and good flavor.
Christian (10779) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red amber beer with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of malt and berries. Sweet flavour with lots of berries, but balanced by plenty of hops and a lasting bitterness. Very smooth and rich.
Scarborough (17) - ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A wonderful beer that flies in the face of brewers’ contention that drinkers only want a 4.4% amber bitter. This was developed as a special one off bottled beer in honour of Ridley’s head brewer, but proved so popular that it became a bottled regular, then an occasional cask version was released. It is now a cask regular and is becoming available in a wider and wider range of pubs. It’s a dark malty brew redolent with sweet ripe fruit and dripping with brown syrup. It takes the mouth a moment to adjust to the high percentage of crystal malt, but when it does the drinker is seduced. The beer never has a chance to become too sweet or cloying because the dark spicy hops are always present, providing a sublime and intoxicating balance and a long, dreamingly earthy finish. The style is not quite an Old Ale but is more of a Dark Premium Bitter, like a cross between Old Peculier and Fuller’s ESB.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask: Mahogny coloured. Quite malty body. Slightly burnt, bitter finish. Some hints of fruit in the aroma.
kwik-lime (1159) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong flavoured malty ale, fairly swet with hints of fruit, spices and alcohol. Good beer although not great.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Mahogany with speckled head. Initially some pears in the aroma and taste. Quite sweet. Some roasted character. Sultana aftertaste.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned. Deep amber coloured. Very fruity and malty aroma. Fruity and malty flavour with a hoppy bitterness in the finish. Complex and full flavoured.
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean amber to dark-amber color. The aroma is quite simple, but the flavor is really interesting: malty,smoth, some sweetness, some caramel and a really pleasant hop touch. A great pleasure.