Rune (6948) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
White filmy layer over a golden body. Discreet floral aroma. Flavoured with fruity hops where especially distinctive notes of grapefruits come through. Smooth bitter endnotes. Easy drinking and fairly standard English bitter (third pint, hand-pulled at GBBF 08.08.2008).
cluny6 (115) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden with little head. Lagery aroma. Fruity, kind of sweet. Very fruity with medium hops. Ok
bobinlondon (1242) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Handpulled cask at JDW Leicester Square during recent international beer fest. A golden bitter with an off-white head and lacing. The aroma has some wierd banana and peach thing going on. The taste is too sweet also with some light fruit. Smooth on the palate but nothing special.
wheresthepath (1390) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[cask at Back of Beyond, Reading] A traditional-tasting bitter, although quite pale for the style. A dusty stable kind of flavour with earthy overtones - made me think of Fullers’ beers. A nice pint this, I could happily sink a few.
leaparsons (7504) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, The Highcross, Leicester. Golden with an off-white head. Aromas are citrus with cream and vanilla. Some biscuit malts along with spices. Flavours are buttery malts with dry citrus. Some biscuit with a dry hoppy finish.
downender (5662) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask-conditioned at the Crosse Keys (JDW), City of London 3/4/08. Golden coloured with a decent white head. Aroma of apricots, sweet malt and floral hops. Plenty of fruit in the flavour with citrus hops and a good, bitter finish. Enjoyable.
maeib (8077) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 Cask conditioned - handpump - JDW Northampton. A golden bitter with an off-white head and lacing. The aroma has some wierd banana and peach thing going on. The taste is too sweet alsowith some light fruit. Smooth on the palate but just too strange and disconcerting. Score 2.8
Subsequent rating scored 3.0. Average becomes 2.9
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, gravity dispense, at Bankers Draft (JDW), Bedford, at ’Spoons Real Ale Festival. Copper amber. Served from a cask at the front door of the pub and uncooled, thus a little warm. This is an unusual comment to make about a JDW beer. They assured me it was its first day on. Slightly sweet floral aroma. Fruity taste: there’s apple, kiwi and a little peach perhaps. Bitter finish. Excellent.
imdownthepub (9198) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Gold with white lacing head. Sweetish malty bitter, quite light but with a great load of hops thrown in for good measure. Quite unlike many Thwaites beers previously tasted, this is fresh and fruity with orange notes, quite like opal fruits or whatever they are called now. A knockout session bitter in my book.
cgarvieuk (12270) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at JWD ... Golden yellow ... sweet grassy hop ... bright light fruity hop .. little sweetness.