flying_pig (1159) - SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (500ml from Morissons):
A light mix of malts, toffee and bread. Not really much depth to this one but it’s not offensive either.
Darkish amber red colour with a pinky sized, bubbly white head that stays consistent throughout.
Malts to begin with, there is a little spice in there too and a hint of caramel. There is some fruit too and a little bread. Again the taste is pretty basic and very much like a typical English bitter.
Smooth and slightly sweet with a touch of spice. The carbonation levels are medium and the finish is a slightly dry one.
A basic English bitter here and nothing to get particularly exciting about it. It was an easy drink to consume and goes down well despite being a little plain.
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - SEP 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice amber red colour and a creamy coloured head. The taste was initial bitterness and caramel, followed by crisp toasted cereal mixed with malt. A great session beer. Easy to drink.
Bov (10574) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 22, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier - clear dark amber beer with no foam left; shy flowery and caramelish aroma; thin-bodied and pretty tasteless; subtle yet fair carbonation; gently bitter and pretty sharp finish where hints of red fruits and caramel show up - very modest to stay polite
MichaelAwesome (5846) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with McTapps. Pours in light brown with small head. Aroma of toffee and honey. Taste is sweetish so you must like something like that. I do.
McTapps (5851) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - SEP 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with MichaelBruch. Hazelnut brown in colour, no head. Taste of sweet, roasted nuts combined with some floral touch. Very sweet, hardly any bitterness to be found. I like it, though it may be boring after a while. Very quaffable.
wheresthepath (1811) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[500ml bottle, gift from Lesley - cheers!] Pours a reddish-amber with a swiftly vanishing off-white head and a fair amount of fizz. Toffee from the off, with rather a lot of butter, and then some nice oaky, woody notes. There’s a little twist of lemon and a touch of earthy bitterness in the finish.. Unfortunately there’s the metallic hint of pasteurisation hanging over it, which is a shame - this could be a decent beer if bottle conditioned.
mike_77 (3994) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light brown colour. Quite a fresh fruity aroma. Well balanced, quite malty and has a light sweetness. Very nice, smooth mouthfeel. Great session bitter.
Dedwoods42 (7) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely, sweet, simple tasting. Deep and crisp flavour that rolls off the tongue and begs you to have another bottle.
dogbomb (1070) - ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear rusty amber with a decent, but fading off-white head. Nose is impressive, not hoppy but loads of melted caramel and toffee smells. Very lush. In the mouth a different story, though you still get the caramel and toffee, it’s lost a little and it’s as lush as the nose suggests. Not much bitterness to balance against that and it all peters out a bit too sharply... Could do with a bit more bite.
BlackHaddock (4978) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From Jan 2009: Compared to its slightly weaker cask version this is a whole lot better in my eyes.
Clear 500ml bottle with a long life left, I poured it into an ’Old Speckled Hen’ pint vase.
The body was a clear, bright amber. On top sat a good off-white foaming head, this stayed for a good while before fading away leaving lacing on the glass.
Mild toffee aromas hit my nose, followed by a more normal (for UK Bitters) hop and malt smell.
As the beer warmed it got sweeter but it started out with a bitter hop flavour which I enjoyed. Throughout it had a dry aftertatse.
Couldn’t call it full bodied, but it was no lightweight either. A long way from a great Bitter but overall about average for a bottled one.