alari (30) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 Throughout London, over a number of years. This beer is so variable, depending on how well kept it is, and on how well the pub maintains their lines etc, that itís difficult to score it accurately. In optimum conditions, is an excellent session beer with a surprisingly warm and rounded malt taste. Very well balanced, neither too bitter nor oversweet. Pleasant soft mouthfeel.
Not sure why so many people have this marked down as watery, must be badly kept, as it is anything but when in condition.
NOTE: This shouldn’t be confused with the keg version, which is crap by comparison. I think, though will have to check, that Chandos and John Snow have keg.
thebeertourist (5170) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Horse and Groom, Great Portlland Street. Reddish amber with a thick creamy, slightly yellowish head. Faint fudge aroma. Good bitterness, some caramel and milk. Smooth. Not over-exciting.
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask @ The Chandos. Pours amber colour. Aroma isnít anything great. Taste is a little thin but definitely drinkable. Can be a good session beer.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 2     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 1
Intensity : 1
Yeast : 1   Bread : 1   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : 2   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 2   Biscuity : XX   Hay : XX   Toasty : XX   Caramel : 1   Nuts : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : XX   Grainy : XX
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Spicy : XX   Floral : 1   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 2   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 1   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : 3   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: Rather character devoid, little hops at all. Weak, weak bitter.
FatPhil (12785) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (Cittie of Yorke, London)
Dark red. Slightly woody malty aroma. Huge malty taste with massive mellow oak accompaniament. Buttery, woody, smooth and mellow. Wonderful, and Iím sure sessionable.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aug 07 Cask conditioned @ York Arms, York. Thin watery malt, caramel and mild hops. Not exactly unpleasant but lacking in flavour and at this price its probably cheaper than buying a bottle of water to quench your thirst.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. At Ye Old Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street, London. Why is this beer rated so low? Itís nothing world-beating, and yeah, they used a sparkler, but it always pleases. Oh well. Poured a hazy pale copper with a lasting creamy beige head (3+). Wheaty/grainy floral aroma, dry, light toasty malt. Taste, same - some green apple, with a pretty lush understated herbal/wildflower hop backbone, the malt is only there for stability, and the light green apple crispness comes further forward as a result - still crisp and refreshing. Chewy, grainy mouthfeel, quite cask-still, very light, very soft astringency, the graininess really sticks around on the back of your tongue - very good session cask pint, I have this whenever I find it.
harrisoni (16724) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask handpull at Cittie of Yorke, Chancery Lane. Amber with lasting thin beige head. Caramel aroma, no real yeast or hop on aroma. Itís ok in mouth but a bit thin. Bit bland overall. Drinkable. "Itís better when it comes in the mouth than when you swallow," as my Danish companion said. Not as good as I remember but also not terrible. Itís a bitter, some malty fruit towards the finish. Some drying hop on end.
Sigmund (6285) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned ("drawn from an oak cask") at The Golden Ball, Scarborough (a Samuel Smithís pub). Deep golden colour, creamy head. Pleasant aroma of fruity hops. Tolerable hops in the flavour - smooth and easy drinking. Okay.
jammin7jg (139) - Burnage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[CASK: Sinclairís Oyster Bar, Manchester 12/02/07] A great brewery and amazingly cheap prices. A very tasty bitter and very pleasant drinking.