DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2006 Ah. Much more like it. Reeks of eggy sulphur and leafy hop, like a classic English Bitter should. A vastly more balanced combination of floral hops, bready malt, honeyish sweetness and zesty grapefruit bitterness than the bottled version. The parting bitterness is way more rounded and integrated into the overall flavour of the beer. One of the very finest English pints. Sneaky 10min lunchtime tipple at The Fox.
Rune (7958) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint served in excellent condition and at perfect room temperature before I had a full English breakfast at the Fox and Anchor in Smithfield (15.09.2006). The ale turned out to be my best on cask during a fortnight’s holiday in England. Golden brown in colour with a thin, but lasting foamy layer. Delicious fresh, fruity and flowery to the nose. Brilliant bitterness that lingers all the way through. Hints of caramel sweetness. Very good, indeed.
thewolf (11149) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask in London. Small head and pale amber colour. Malty aroma with peppery feel and a flowery hoppyness. Extremely dry mouthfeel with tones of berries and caramel. The bitterness is not harsh but flowery.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 My first real ale in britain. I had know idea that I was starting with the best bitter I could probably get my hands on. Aroma is a bit weird from the yeast. Its actually the worst part of the beer, but the flavor is so absolultly splendid. It comes from the hand pump a lovely copperish orange with a nice half inch of head. The flavor is full of terrific fresh hops, creating piney and citrus notes. Plenty of bittering to this one, but still very nicely balanced. palate is just right for bitter. This is an amazing beer. You must have one if you are in England.
flapjack (14) - ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good head and a strong dark colour. Well-balanced flavour with a good hoppy finish
ALLOVATE (2381) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handpump @ the Minster Tavern, Ely (A town built around religion and beer - whilst the latter is enticing the former does nothing for me, but the view of that hauntingly beautiful and majestic cathedral from the front window of this pub is awe-inspiring and almost unimaginable.), Cambridgeshire.
Anyway, back to the beer. Bright orange gold with a soapy, messed up head that lasted and daubed froth down the glass. Distant aroma of orange juice and caramel. Fruity and floral in the mouth with a nice ripe spicy kick. Base malts and bready yeast sit below layers of apricot, peach and tangerine-like esters which make it tangy and fresh. Finish is quite short after a mild bitter bite on the swallow, but it is clean and light. I quite liked this one, as I knew I would. An even-levelled, balanced quaffer.
hateh2s (5) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2006 does not count
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Too much H2S and lack of clarity ruin the initial impressions of this beer. Very dry almost to the point of being harsh. Not easy to drink and not enjoyable
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, handpump @ ...... . Dark golden with small creamy head. Fruity hops, tropical fruits, toasted-bread and light caramel in the aroma. Very fruity and strong hop flavor. Finishes fruity-bitter with some caramel and toasted bread notes.
anders37 (16539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ the Harp, Covent Garden, London. Slightly hazy golden/reddish colour with a small off-white head. Fruity slightly floral aroma. Fruity hoppy flavor, with some malty hints. Fruity hoppy aftertaste.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2006 Re-rate: Cask at The Hewlet in Cheltenham. This was in better shape than the last time I tried it. Same nice looking pour and lingering malt warmth as last time, but without the touch of sulfur, which is a rather big improvement. Rating 4 Aug 2006: Warm copper with a fine, sticky beige head. Lots of fruity esters, Apples that have been in the sun just a little long. A touch of sulfur. A little dill. Really nice soft toasty grain malt. An authentic tasting expression of the field, like crunching a few kernels of a good barley malt. Good balanced underlying hops. Lively apple/pear estery quality. A little lingering hops. Soft mouthfeel, cool, but still lively. If this was a little cleaner, it would be an impressive bitter. Good enough that it merits seeking a re-rate, should the opportunity present itself.