Japalo (1522) - 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.
SarkyNorthener (3200) - 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.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 06/10/12. A dark brown to chesynut coloured beer with a whitish head. A very husky oatsy beer. Highly malty and grainy. Coffee flavours. I like the malts in here. I can see this being a marmite beer, but a grainy malty beer serves me well from time to time.
invinoveritas (39) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite a dark ale, quite thin consistency but with a thick, almost creamy head. Pleasant aroma of porridge oats and roasted barley. Tastes of roasted barley, but quite well balanced. Texture smooth, but somewhat watery. Overall pleasant, but not mind-blowing.
ralphdot (1011) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
4.0% deep amber colour with a good head, roast malt aroma, malty bitter taste, slightly too much carbonation.
AtronSeige (1021) - 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
undercurrent25 (1648) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy with balanced malts on the first taste, quite a complex beer with cereals and caramel on the palate
zacgillbanks (3450) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Lidl, Wrekenton, Gateshead. A brown beer with a sweet toffee and red fruity flavour with a malty finish.
BeerViking (3379) - 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.
berkshirejohn (5301) - 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.