Theydon_Bois (5278) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From cask dispense at the Half Moon, Windlesham (Feb ’12)
As the name implies, pours to a ruby / mid brown colour with a creamy beige head.
Aromas are of sweet malts with a nutty background, Cornish chestnuts being one of the ingredients!
Sweet malt, chestnuts, and a little spice comprise the taste of this winter brew. I also sense a little caramel and sugar thrown in, definately a ’sweetish’ beer!
Mouthfeel was quite smooth and creamy, little carbonation and a slightly (and only slightly) sour aftertaste following on from an initial dryness. A nice way to finish from a beer fairly sweet in nature!
Overall - a decent enough winter beer.
jackl (3472) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ The Kings Arms, Chelsea. Deep ruby color with a small off-white head. The nose is pretty innocuous - brown sugar sweetness, some malty toffee, dark fruits. The taste is much of the same, easy-sipping candied nuts, dark fruits, more caramel. Slightly watery finish. The body’s a bit thin and watery. Overall, a decent beer. Though it’s not much of a conversation starter.
EdKing (1546) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On cask at the BFI cafe, Waterloo Bridge, London. Dark looking ale. Very dark ruby and brown colour and off white foam head. Nose is nutty, malty, bit of roasted grain and ale fruity character. Taste is malty, nutty. Getting the roasted chestnuts, crystal malt and ale fruity notes. Smooth and fairly subtle although getting roasted chestnut on the finish.