tombyars (1302) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted this in The Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) in April 2011. Clear pale orange in colour with a thin white head. Short aroma of faint dusty hops. Very thin weak watery mouthfeel for a 5% and good lacing. Thin pale malt gives a short digestive base with tart redcurrant fruit present. Strong metallic hop resins gives a mouth sucking astringency with earthy, wet cardboard tones. Finish has a chemical taint of melted plastic along with tart pink grapefruit rind. A poor effort from Shepherd Neame though considering the high ABV.
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Handpump at the Paramount JDW, Manchester 27/03/2011
Some hop aroma. Golden coloured smooth on the palate fruity and hoppy with a hint of bitterness in a dry lasting malt finish.
wheresthepath (1427) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Cask at Back of Beyond (JDW), Reading] Vanilla & wood at first develop into a pleasant traditional farmyard and green leaf hop flavour with citrus hints and a nice tingle of pepper. Satisfying.
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, Wetherspoons, Chelmsford, 12th April 2011
Aroma is moderately hoppy, flowers, perfume, wood resin, grapefruit, banana, taste is banana, oranges and.clemantines, somenice subtle.hoppage,clove, ginger, caramel, sweet malts, some nice bitterness levels, crisp and fruity on the finish, if only they upped the abv and had Stone hop management.....
DruncanVeasey (6800) - NUNEATON, Top 5, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Baron. Bright gold with a dense collar tufting the glass. Shrubby green aroma with roots, clumps of earth, hints of ginger and unripe banana. Dull, faintly orange-accented taste with light finishing bitterness, cream and husk. Pedestrian.
DanielBrown (3598) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand pulled at Wetherspoons (under Central Library), Birmingham. Golden, with a nice white head (yawn). Strikes my chops as fairly fresh. Salty hops. Not harsh. Not a massively pleasing experience, but inoffensive and well constructed. I agree with Glen - it does improve slightly as the minutes tick by.
Rune (7218) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Half pint hand pulled cask at Willow Walk (JDW) Victoria. White layer that stays well on top of a slightly cloudy, amber body. Restrained aroma of dried fruits. Sweet malts, some spices and bittersweet dried fruits in flavour. Has also got a decent bittersweet ending. Likable (London, 22.03.2011).
Fin (6874) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, handpump at The Penny Black, JDW, Bicester, Oxon 28.03.11 Pours gold with a thick and very noticeable big mouthfeel, its almost as though they are trying to rival the Ballast Point beer brewed at their brewery, in fact this stands up very welll next to the Ballast Point Calico which I had at the same time. Gold in colour, some burnt toffee, bitterness rips along the roof of the mouth, really decent bitter, nicely hoppt, tasty stuff. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.5
downender (5830) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 25/03/2011. Amber coloured with a tight, off-white head. Sweet, slightly earthy malts, with a touch of spicy hop in the bitter finish. Good.
leaparsons (7661) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, Last Plantagenet, Leicester. Golden amber with a bubbly foam. Some floral notes. Aromas are grain and caramel with clean lemon and grapefruit hops. Flavours are sweet grain with underlying caramel. Sweet fruits are followed by dry, woody hops with grapefruit bitterness. Refreshing with a dry finish. Good.