jonno (2325) - JAPAN - JUL 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great on the handpump. Toffee, crystal malt, soft floral finish. Very smooth with minimal carbonation. Textbook example of easy drinking.
JorgeLee (1190) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Old Doctor Butlers Head in the City. This was a mid-brown ale with a small white head. Sampled straight after Master Brew, this is perhaps a more balanced beer with more malt and a gentler hop flavour. It was nice enough but was basically a slightly above average standard bitter; I slightly preferred the more robust hopping in the Master Brew. Donít seem to get the minerally character found in the bottles in these cask versions. The great advertising campaign should be noted, I awarded an extra point for this.
flip_soeperman (598) - NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hay, bread, resin, floral, earthy, orange, clear, minimal head, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, light body, oily feel, soft carbonation,
BlackHaddock (3772) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Canít believe Iíve never reviewed this before: this hand pulled pint was taken at a local pub on the 4th sep 2011.
Reddy brown body with an off-white topping which hung around throughout the pint.
The smell and taste can be easily combind, youíll find semi-sweet biscuits that contain toffee, caramel and nuts within the mix, towards the end of the mouthfeel a dry hoppiness pops up to remind you this is a proper beer.
Sadly the body is a bit watery thin, a shame because everything else about the beer is fine, well carbonated and easy to drink.
Bart (2940) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ The Spanish Galleon, Greenwich. Clear light brown coloured beer with no carbonation and a dence but short white head. Malty dry and short yeasty bread hinted aroma. Medium palate. Finish is full herby dry with some yeasty and malty hints. Ok.
tombyars (1356) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
First tasted this in the Anchorage, Troon in April 1992. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear copper in colour with a thick white head. Strong floral hops present in the long aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a very slight digestive biscuit base with tart redcurrant fruit, which fades rapidly away and is replaced by astringent hops. Aftertaste is very dry with strong dusty resins, full in the mouth giving loads of astringency sucking moisture from the palate. Finish is very bitter with hardly any traces of malt but hop resins are present with strong dusty notes. I know people rave about this Kentish ale with affection but its not for me.
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The Baron of Stinckley (JDW). One of the biggest fish to have slipped through the net. Clean jelly red with an unmoving off white collar. Vinegared hay aroma, light sulphur; digestives and sherbety Shep hop as the head subsides. Hugely strange, sulfitic, stale berry flavour like licking scrambled egg and Ribena off tupperware. The sherbety, Turkish Delight hops and digestive malts are there but buried in..weirdness and Burton-farty minerality. Quite partial to Shepís bottles so this is a watery disappointment.
jackl (4596) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask. A bitter thatís more forceful than many of its cousins. Spitfireís a deep mahogany color. The nose is of toasty, woody, bread-like malts with hints of floral hops. The taste is dominated by the malty, oaken sweetness with little bitterness. The finish is a bit wet for the style. The bodyís medium and a bit slick.
ralphdot (984) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
amber colour with a good head, hops and malt aroma, malt, hop and fruity flavour, a very smooth refreshing drink.
Cunningham (4492) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 On tap. Deep copper colour with an off white head. Toffee and hoppy aroma. Toffee, hoppy and light fruity flavour. A bit flat