EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Tesco. Should be renamed as it bears little relation, or indeed comparison, to its superior cask cousin. Copper-brown colour with a head that disappointingly vanishes almost instantly. Intensely hoppy aroma with little or no malt character coming through. Flavour is very bitter and sharp hop with a dry bitter finish. Lacks any decent body. Go for the cask every time.
Quack-Duck (8568) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, Waitrose Sidmouth. Clear copper-brown colour, mid-sized head. Fruity and malty, hints of caramel and raisins. The finish has got some rather intensive and spicy hoppy flavours. Well-balanced, a good one.
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a nice copper colour, small head. Taste and smell are similar, bitter and a quite sharp finish, some sugar and malt in the background. Reasonable.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours classic pale ale red/orange, with a fizzy head that lingers. Hoppy malty nose, smells quite sweet. Very nice mouthfeel, hop flavours come through strongly and bitterly, with a background of malt. A very drinkable, tasty excellent beer.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is an inviting malt, with a leafy wet hops, dark amber, pours a small off-white head. Flavour is a woody malt, mild fruit, the hops figure in with a resiny bite. Light bodied, perfectly balanced, extremely well made, superb mouthfeel, fresh as you please. Fabulous! Thanks so much Roger Pettit.
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel in colour with a rapidly disappearing head. Had a smeel of hops and a malty taste. Smooth.
alari (30) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I like this very much on cask, but simply cannot drink the bottled version. Strange metallic after-taste, too carbonated for my liking and somewhat too bitter finish.
Again, I love the cask, but just cannot stomach this version.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50 cl bottle, bought at Tesco, Liverpool. Amber color, fine white head. Aroma is fruity with hops and malt. Flavor is malty with ok hops and bitterness.
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 16, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2008 Clear amner with tiny head. Weak notes of hops, fruit and yeast. Sweet flavour and bitter finish.
CH-303 (1623) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 Appearance: Bronze, nice amount of head.
Aroma: Fruity. Hopsy.
Taste: Pretty hopsy. Bitter. Malty aftertaste.
Info: 500ml bottle, 2/10-2005, 31/300, 16/500