DJMonarch (9153) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask Handpump at Bonhommes Bar, Filey 05/12/2009
Fruity hop aroma. Bronze coloured and fruity with a little dryness in a bitter malt finish.
Fin (6185) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2009 Cask conditioned at the Hop Pole, Aylesbury, Bucks 11-02-09 Pours copper in colour with a white head another great looking beer. There is a thrusting bitterness to this but I wonder whether I’m still feeling the after effects of the previous beer (Naylors Draymans Delight). This is a tasty session beer, lacks a little identity and is a little thin at times, but still its not without its charms. A6 A5 F6 P3 OV11 3.1 had this again on Cask at The Cambridge Blue, 03-10-09 Pours chestnut in colour with a white head, clear as a bell. Nicely bitter, roof of the mouth gets a good workout, some citrus, good session beer, and better this time around. 6 A5 F7 P4 Ov13 3.5
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (gravity) at the brewery. Pours a dark amber-ish with a very tight, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is caramel malts, citrusy English hops, maybe a tiny bit of butteriness (which to me goes just fine). Medium to light body. Flavors are fruit, roasty, a little toasty, finishing with a black tea-like astringency. Very refreshing without being boring.
ESBman (53) - Andover, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted by a half pint at the Devonshire Arms in Sheffield, the previous Ward Brewery’s brewery tap. Handpulled w/ the aid of a sparkler. By the suggestion of the name, I have a feeling that it’s named after the famous Crucible Theatre in central Sheffield, where all the important snooker matchs take place.
Appearance: pours a dark amber colour, coming with a very creamy off-white head that lasts just brilliantly (due to the sparkler, of course); low carbonation.
Smell: pear-drop, caramelised sugar, plus a rather intense aroma of fruity hops, decorated with a thick buttery note at the back. Pretty balanced and enticing for an English Bitter.
Taste: tasty-fruity + semi-roasty malts and bitter-sweet tea-leaves abound, backed by a good backbone of hop bitterness... lingering tea-leafy bitterness lends a superb length to the aftertaste.
Palate & Overall: pretty light-bodied, smoothly-textured as it is freshly served, and the deep bitterness is indeed a key for this low gravity beer to punch above its weight~~