faroeviking (10299) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Botella, comes as Thwaites Thoroughbred Gold. Pours a clear deep golden amber colour with a short head. Fresh mildly hoppy and malty bit sweet aroma. Rather flat mouthfeel. The flvour has a mild fruitiness with some hops and malt along with a mild bitterness and some caramel. Simple.
Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful amber color and a descent head. The aroma has charming notes of hops and a hint of caramel, and I find the same notes in the flavour together with light, sweet fruit and flower. The finish has a light, nice bitterness. It’s a light, delicious and charming thirst quencher with personality...
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 1. 500ml Bottle at Home 23/05/2009
Fruit and hop aromas. Small white head. Some carbonation. Golden coloured floral and fruity with a sweet and slightly dry malt finish.
2. From the Bottle at Chris O’s 05/08/2009
Floral hop aroma. Clear golden coloured fruity and hoppy with a crisp and slightly dry malt finish.
maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2012 Bottled. A golden beer with a small off-white head. A boiled sweet pasteurised aroma with sweet tinny notes. Similar in the mouth. A sweeter than wanted mass market beer. Score 2.5
Subsequent rating also scored 2.5
leaparsons (7487) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Amber/gold in colour. Aromas are light sweet and fruity malts with grain. Flavours are sugary malts, caramel and some floral hops. Too sweet and not especially bitter or dry.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Comparative blind tasting of six British bottled bitters on 14 October 2005.
500ml bottle (pasteurised) from Wragges, Shaw. Pale amber colour (lightest of the six). No head to speak of. Restrained aroma. Slightly malty with touches of caramel and earthy hop. Cardboardy notes develop as it warms up. Assertive bitterness on the palate with some lemon accents. Falls away a bit on the finish. Overall - Clean and easy drinking but nothing really grabs the attention.(5/3/6/3/11)
Ceredigion Barcud Coch
500ml bottle (bottle conditioned) from Orchard Hive & Vine. Another Red Kite beer. Deepish copper colour. Retains some head. Very little aroma, maybe a little grassy hop but very difficult to grasp. Citric and fairly bitter with a dry malt backbone. Lingering aftertaste with citric build. Overall - Clean, crisp and thirst quenching. The lack of aroma lets it down. (5/4/7/4/12)
Black Isle Organic Red Kite
500ml bottle (filtered but unpasteurised?) from Booths, Clitheroe. Copper colour. No head, just a thin collar of bubbles. Not much condition. The only one of the bunch that had a really distinctive aroma - sweet hops, resiny and flowery. Fruity and citric (orange/lime) on the palate, but a bit lacking in bitterness. Short finish. Overall- More aroma than the rest but could do with a bit more grip on the palate. (7/3/6/3/12)
Highgate Englands Glory
500ml bottle (pasteurised) from Booths, Clitheroe. Deep amber colour. Fair sized, lasting, fluffy head. Slightly hazy (?). Some prickle on the tongue. Not much aroma - some bready malt with sweaty edges. Fruity flavour with lemony touches. Slightly sweet. Not very bitter. Overall - Easy drinking with a restrained bittersweet feel. (5/3/6/3/11)
Cwmbran Crow Valley Bitter
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Big, fluffy beige head that lasts. Deep amber colour. Virtually devoid of aroma. Very dry and quite bitter. Some citrus. Not much depth to the flavour. Finish falls away into a thin astringency. Slightly thin mouthfeel. Overall - a rather nondescript traditional bitter. (5/4/6/2/10)
Wychwood Englands Ale
500ml bottle from Sainsburys. Hazy (?). No head, just a fine rim of bubbles. Some condition on the tongue. Coppery colour. Not a lot of aroma - slight hints of smoky malt. Quite dry on the palate with some citric notes and moderate bitterness. Manages to be soft and sharp (but not unpleasantly so) at the same time on the finish. Overall - an easy drinking basic bitter with no outstanding features. (6/3/6/4/12)
Fin (6629) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 Bottle, picked up from Majestic in a mixed pack 20-05-07. Diff’ label, the label quite clearly calls this Thwaites Thoroughbred Gold, but the description, strength and ingredients appear to have been unchanged. Poured a warm golden colour with a bubbly white head, this beer has some hops and sweet malts in the aroma, tastes very good great bitterness finishing a tad dry.
DruncanVeasey (6597) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, as ’Thoroughbred Gold’. The description on the bottle and the ABV is the same, so I’m assuming this is the same beer. Lagery gold topped with white. On the snout, a surprisingly decent waft of orange peel, musty green leafiness, helles-like herbal hops, grassy sweetness and pastry(?)has survived the boil. That’s a pretty fresh and complex aroma from a pasteurised, clear-bottled effort. More bitter citrus in the mouth joined by rubber, almond and grassy hops. Robust bitterness to finish with honeyish pale biscuit for afters. Good dead ale halfway between a decent bottled pils/helles and an English GA. Quite enjoyed this.
shrubber85 (6506) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sweet raspberry and barley malt aroma. Golden yellow color with small head. Slightly sweet berry and barley malt flavor. Medium body. Decent, fruity bitter.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from mixed case, majestic wine warehouse. Hints of grainy dough in the aroma and berry fruit. Taste has bittering hop over the aroma character, overly cabonated and well could be better.