Fin (8011) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle very kindly purchased and then shared by Hughie with myself, Loz and Isobel (Loz’s mum) at The Chequers, Little Gransden, Cambs’ 24.09.10 There is a wonderful story behind this beer which involves Bob (landlord and Son of Sid brewer) clambering high up trees picking these berries to make this beer, if you go to the pub you must ask him about it. The beer poured dark brown with a light beige head, there are dark, sticky fruits on the nose and perhaps a little of the honey that is mentioned is also shining through. The sticky fruits showing again, unripe dates, figs, its tangy with a nice bite, there is some bitter honey adding a bittersweetness to this and it finishes with a flurry of spent coffee grains, very likeable and very different. Thanks again Hughie for cracking this open. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2010 Bottle at The Chequers, Little Gransden, Cambridgeshire, home of the Son of Sid Brewery, enjoyed in front of a roaring fire in the company of Fin, Loz and Isobel. Dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit: ripe plum, black cherry or Ribena. Dry taste full of vague hints of half remembered flavours: wood bark, spruce, match head, leather and autumn bonfire. Complex and fascinating beer, rooted deep in the fabric of rural England.
Beersiveknown (3568) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark amber brown with big solid fluffy cream head. aroma of tart redcurrant and blackberry with a slight metallic hop tang. Fairly carbonated, at first tart berries but becoming a more ordinary brown ale with dry malt and metallic bitter finish.
cgarvieuk (15945) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home ... thanks to Fin for this one ... brown ... big bubbly tan head ... woody light chocolate roast malt nose ... big fruit front ... light toffee malts ... very fruity ...light creamy malts ...
Pinball (11025) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cloudy brown, huge smooth offwhite head.
mild fruity and malty aroma,
flavor is fruity, bitter, sort of woody, bitter, yeasty, wild.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at the Ely Winter Beer Festival, 2012. Pours a very dark brown colour with a decent light tan head. Aroma of apples, apple seed, berries and caramel. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and quite a dry finish. Interesting.
FatPhil (9905) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (CWAF2012, Fri) (Actually had "chequered past and present", but have no concrete details on how that differs from this.)
Big spiky esters and menthol aroma. Honey and a huge hazelnut finish. Malty oriented. A touch flat.
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cL bottle, courtesy of cgarvieuk. Pours dark brown with a deep orange glare and a small off-white head. Aroma is roasted malty, slight acidic and mild fruity. Slight phenolic, dark malty and roasted. Lingering fruity and slight hoppy into the finish.
Ungstrup (29987) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. A dark red beer with a huge tan head. The aroma has notes of berries and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of matl, berries, and straw, leading to a bitter finish.
madmitch76 (16867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
24th July 2011
Very hazy dark pink - purple - brown beer! Good pale tan head. Light airy palate, semi dry. Creamy malt. Minerally and fairly dry. Light fruity flavour which is presumably the chequer berries. Whisper of black fruits as well - it’s all quite sublte. Frothy minerally finish. Was hoping for something a bit more special from a beer so expensive but it’s all right.