tinylightsrecs (152) - - JUN 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Oakchurch Hereford. Pours murky brown colour, very little head. Nice nutty, caramel flavours - enjoyable stuff
gegwilson (952) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bootle from Booth’s Ripon. Amber with an off white head. A bit of anon-descript malty flavour. Npothing offensive, but nothing good either. Biscuit and citrus.
foxo82 (673) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle for Christmas. Brown headless bitter with a nutty, woody malt taste. Decent ale here.
allmyvinyl (2892) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Booths, Preston. Pours chestnut brown with a decent off-white head. Aromas of caramel malt and grassy hops. Decent amount of nuttiness comes through as promised. Medium bodied, good carbonation and lacing. Bitter finish. Decent brown beer.
Quokka (11) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle conditioned. I’m probably drinking this at too low a temperature. Thin body, poor head. Might be better from a properly handled cask but from a bottle it’s a run of the mill beer.
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle
This passable county tick was another random find at a grocery store outside Warwick. While not the greatest beer that I have tried on the trip it was a fair deal as I am sure there are worse beers to drink to get a new rate. I would even be willing to give Teme Valley a second chance if I ever ran across another bottle.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid rosy orange body is flat with almost no carbonation. A short lived head collapse in a matter of seconds. The mixture of cherry licorice, orange sherbet, and candy plays against a base of old tea leaves. Gentle and balanced it does not rock the boat too much.
Flavor / Palate - Malty iced tea tickles the palate. A sweet note then creates a pleasant bitterness in the throat. The soft presence from start to finish is typical of a sessionable English beer. This isn’t terrible but is one of those beers that could be forgettable if you didn’t take good notes.
swooper (1246) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle, light malty and floral aroma, hazy, deep golden colour with minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, slightly soury medium body, quite drinkable, average carbonation, bitter end, Ok ale but nothing breathtaking
downender (6159) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask-conditioned at the Herefordshire & Worcestershire beeriodical, the Seven Stars, Bristol March 2013. Chestnut coloured with a moderate, off-white head. Fruity bitter, with a touch of hedgerow hop and moderately butter finish. Ok.
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from Booth’s. Flat murky pour with no head. Smells like someone’s farted in my chalice. Mealy, acidic flavour big on yeast and cereals. Some salvaging nut, soap, apricot and aniseed traces. Amateurish and poorly bottled- surprised Booth’s are carrying it.
BlackHaddock (3494) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
19 Nov 2010: Bottle conditioned, 500ml, poured into an Abbot Ale tankard. The second beer from this brewery I’ve reviewed from the set of four I purchased some months ago.
The beer was eager to get out the bottle so some sediment managed to get into my tankard, the body was therefore somewhat cloudy. Mid-amber in colour, misty but not spoilt. On top a huge bubbley head of white foam.
A great burst of yeast esters hit the nose, followed by some hop and dry forest floor (nuts and pine cones) smells.
The taste is of fresh hops and yeast, malts arriving mid-mouthfeel. The rear label claims "Full bodied with a nutty flavour, a beer from the past". There is a nut undertone if you are given the suggestion and try and find one.
Lively and sharp, a pleasant beer from start to finish. This was the 4th English beer in a ’random beer tasting evening’ and went down very well with some ’Cheese with no name’ (a kind of bree/camembert).