jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper coloured, with a large foamy white head. Aromas of citrus fruits & hops. Flavours both fruity & hoppy. Also a nice dry fruity finish. Moderately bitter. - 500ml brown bottle.
JorisPPattyn (9531) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly dirty-yellow, good head over foxy orange beer. Caramel and "Petit Beurre " cookies; UK hops piercing through, lemony, inspiring. Bitterish-hoppy taste, mellowing afterwards with some good malts, cookie-like, grain biscuits with non-sweet glazing. Some faint esters. And above all, excellent balance. Spritzy, not fizzy, but very light British body. Despite my (well-deserved) words of praise, this beer is not a patch on the cask version, that is maybe the best bitter the UK has to offer on cask. What I don’t understand is: - why is the bottled version even .2% less strong than the casked, rather than vice-versa; - wasn’t Landlord not a bit stronger not that many decennia ago, and, - last but not least - why not bottle-conditioned????
Still. I just love TT Landlord, and as such, BIG thanks to DeanS!
sdk (33) - Island Bay, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Snifter. Pours a hazy red / gold with a slightly off white head. Nice bitter taste with a light hop bite and a good aftertaste. Nice but could do with a little extra flavour hops.
Alasdair (76) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A waft of toffee aroma. Copper, with a lingering pillowy head. Light, delicate mouthfeel for such a flavourful beer - very drinkable. Toast and honey, then toast and marmalade flavour - the perfect breakfast beer?
floydian1 (1362) - FNQ, Australia, - JAN 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from First Choice into footed pilsner glass. Make sure to remove the bottle from the fridge a good 15mins before drinking to really enhance the flavour integration. Its pours orangey gold with a moderate loose off white head. Nose of honey malts and floral hops. Smooth light-medium bodied palate with very well balanced flavours of buttery caramel malts and a complex lingering earthy hop bitternes to the finish. Some citrus orange tartness in there as well. Extremely more-ish and sessionable. In Australia, this is the closest facsimile of a genuine cask conditioned real ale drunk in British pubs and I can pay no higher complement than that. Pity it’s so expensive over here.
bobinlondon (1292) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2009
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 Bottle from Waitrose. To me this tastes nothing like the unpasteurised cask version. Many brewers (such as Fullers) up the strength of bottled versions of their cask ales to compensate for the loss of body and flavour. This beer is actually weaker than the cask version and is a real double whammy IMO.
evilsoc (191) - WALES - DEC 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber and lasting white bubbly head. Malty caramel and earthyhops aroma. Some citrus flavours and puckering hops. More noticable sweetness towards the end.
Rune (11365) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Luvians, St Andrews. Deep, copper-amber body over a gradually fading, beige head. Nice smell of earth hop resin with a touch of grapefruit coming through. Initial taste of grapefruit shells with a smooth bitter support. Soft carbonated. Well balanced and good, but can not match a well kept cask version [10.11.2008].
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
caramel, cereal, amber, rocky head, frothy, white foam, medium bitterness, medium body, bitter, long finish, Gift from Yorkshire graet beer
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.