larsga (6210) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2008 Thin white head over lightish orange body. Light tea aroma. Light, sweetish delicate tea and citric hops taste with faint, dryish, smoky aftertaste. Nice session beer. (0.5pt on cask. Should rerate.)
Gr0ve (2134) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2006
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
1/2 pint cask, Bert’s Bar, Edinburgh. Darkish golden colour. Throws a really fine-laced creamy white head. Aroma seems to indicate that the beer is somewhat off. Slight sulphur. Flavour-wise it feels quite alright. Refreshingly bitter when it enters the mouth. Minty drying grassy hops. Nice mouthfeel with some crispness, which a lot of other cask ales seems to be missing. I don’t think it is neccessarily the carbonation, but just as much the bitterness and the livelyness of the beer. Without it the beer can just feel too flat and uninteresting. Head clings to the glass.
berkshirejohn (4530) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the Peacock, Nottingham. Orange with a lasting white head leaving good lacing, a strong complex hop flavour and an intense long-lasting, and extremely pleasant bitter aftertaste. Everything a bitter should be.
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, 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 (8047) - 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 (11184) - 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 (2410) - 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