The_Osprey (6348) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle, BB Dec 2015, from LIDL and consumed at a work do at a BYOB. Dark reddy brown, slight haze, big off-white head. Body is medium, low-ish carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is malt-forward, slight ash, slightly sweet, soft bitterness. Predictably average. My colleagues hated it, but I thought it was at least passable.
BeerViking (4141) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown. Typical Sheps hoppy nose with toasty caramel notes, malty with more toasted caramel, faint marmalade, very drinkable.
StueyD (1566) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A mid to dark amber brown coloured beer with a weak white head. A light roasted malt aroma, nutty and caramel. Dry mouthfeel. A dry malty taste, nutty, dark caramel, plus a hint of oat. There is a mild bitterness in the background. The finish is long and dry.
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Japalo (1833) - DENMARK - DEC 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@courtesy garry&caroline. Copper clear small head. Intens malty aromas of Toasted cookie notes. Light Caramalty biscuit flavours. Very slight sweet dry. Love it for its maltiness.
tinylightsrecs (437) - - DEC 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Lidl Wrekenton. Pours dark ish brown, quite fizzy but flattens fast. Very nutty flavour, with bitter aftertaste. Nice enough.
SarkyNorthener (4061) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from lidl. Dark copper beer with small head. Aroma of malts and burnt caramel. Taste is burnt caramel, oats and malts. Good.
AtronSeige (1266) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Fault: Highly Oxidized, paper., Malt: dark fruit, bready. Hops: musty.
Appearance: Dark copper, clear body. Medium, off-white head. Good retention, dense.
Flavour: Medium-high bitterness, medium-light sweetness. Caramel, biscuit, lingering bitterness, light paper, slight astringency, Floral hops, dry finish
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation. Creamy.
Overall: The oxidation is overpowering on aroma, but it does dissipate, allowing other aromas to come through. Although the oxidation can be tasted, it is not as aggressive.
500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre!
8B. Special/Best/Premium Bitter
allmyvinyl (9448) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle from Lidl. Pours clear mahogany with a thin, but long-lasting white head. Aromas of grain, malt, brown malt specifically, and light british herbal hops. Taste has some bitterness to back up the sweetened coffee. Palate a bit thin. OK.
scotty (1150) - SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, Lidl. Dark amber with a rather big bubbled white head, it lasts well tho! Aroma and palate are both malty, another rater mentioned coffee, which I noticed as well. A pleasant bitter, would try again.
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle from Lidl. Copper coloured with a thin, fading, white head; aroma of roasted grains; in the mouth the grains are toasty with lots of sweet caramel - not sure if I’d spot the oats if I hadn’t read the description, but once you know they are there they stand out; the finish is rather lacking, but overall this isn’t a bad "heavy" style bitter.