ralphdot (881) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
4.0% amber colour with a good taste, slightly acidic fruity aroma, nice smooth fruity taste, good stuff.
danlo (347) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Clear golden amber colour, thin white head leaving some lacing and malty, fruity, apple aroma. Sweet caramel malt & honey taste, slight fruity notes, light bitterness and a dry finish. Light to medium bodied, fair amount of carbonation. An OK bitter.
maeib (7557) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled 26/02/13. An amber coloured beer with no head. A pasteurised bomb. So cardboardy. Sweet caramel notes. Late fruit late on. A standard mass market beer. Don’t think Elbow are proper beer lovers.
mighty_meadow (102) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Morrison’s, Stevenston, North Ayrshire. I thought about buying this one a few times before it finally found it’s way into my basket. I liked the bottle design and being a music (as well as a beer) lover the story behind it also caught my attention. Which is all very well but how does it rate? On pouring it looks pretty decent, sort of between caramel and honey in colour with a decent head. Slightly musty aroma, maybe nutty with some hints of fruit. Taste is quite flat, nothing too extreme, malty, again some hints of fruit. Slightly bitter end. Quite watery with fair carbonation which leaves some lacing all the way down the glass. In summary, just like the band (Elbow) you will probably not hate this but you certainly won’t love it. Nothing inspirational but with a few plus points which save it from being totally dull.
flying_pig (617) - SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle from Morrions (Glasgow, £1.95):
Medium strength malts, some caramel and a sort of metallic smelling end. There is a few bitter notes throughout and a touch of hops but it seems the makers played it safe with nothing adventurous in this one. It’s pretty faint with a few tinges of fruit in there too.
Clear amber colour with a large, four centimetre tall head that is creamy looking and forms a dome at the top of the pint. There is a lot of tiny bubbles rising to the surface and the head stays pretty well with no visible reduction in size to begin with.
Some caramel malts and a fruity taste to begin with, along with some lighter hops and a little sweetness. There is a touch of spice but the beer also tastes a little watery and too light.
Light bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly bitter finish although not enough for the style.
Not a great bitter, it was pretty basic and was lacking in strength both in the taste and the smell with the body being too light as well. Nothing out of the ordinary from it and it was also a little watery for my liking.
DruncanVeasey (6116) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Guess who’s been to Morrisons? Clear bronze finely slicked with white. Most definitely not a golden ale. Pretty neutral, slightly mineral and nutty aroma with caramel and aniseed aroma. Soft and anodyne with a difficult, slightly salty, paper and wicker dunked in soda water and Alka Selzer flavour. Smudge of late salvaging caramel. Such a wasted opportunity.
PieMan70 (24) - - NOV 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
refreshing and slightly tangy but insubstantial. clear but very little aroma. lacks substance
BlackHaddock (2365) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle @ home: poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 16 Oct 2012.
Good, clear amber body: full off-white head that left some impressive lacing as the beer level fell away.
The nose and taste both start off with malty and fruity notes: the hops coming into play a little later. Bitter towards the end of each sip as the spicy hops kick in, otherwise it is fairly fruity throughout: nicely balanced without going ’overboard’ in the flavour stakes.
OK rather than ’woow’.
jmgreenuk (1305) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Deanso. Golden brown pour with a thin broken head. Malty aroma and taste with a metallic aftertaste. Remarkably similar to Theakston’s Masham Glory. Uncannily similar in fact. Not my favourite, but ok to quench your thirst.
deanso (3198) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50cvl bottle shared with JmGreenUK.
Thin white head. Malty aroma. Clear golden/amber pour. Nice enough but not very exciting.