Max1972 (10) - ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Frankly, not as good as it used to be. Had it in a number of pubs over the last few months and noted that it doesn’t seem to have the depth of taste and character that it once did.
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask at the Old Coach and Horse, Harbledown near Canterbury.
First had a pint of this when I studied up in Darlington. Almost 15 years has past since then but my face lit up when I saw this guest ale.
Soft fruit (faint citrus) and a grassy, refeshing hop twang. This is the kind of quality session bitter that I miss so much now I’ve moved away from England.
damiano (20) - USA - DEC 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a wonderful bitter, great session brew but more than that. It’s a golden tangerine studded with intricately cut diamonds. Without doubt this can walk the tightrope.
KnutAlbert (6705) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask in London. Small head, pale brown beer. Some malt, but dominated by grassy hops. Nice.
larsga (7293) - 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 (2177) - 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 (5988) - 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 (8012) - NUNEATON, 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 (11120) - 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 (12078) - 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.