beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ The Eagle and Child, Oxford (summer ’05). Copper/amber color that was a little cloudy. Fruity aroma. Decent head that dissipated slowly and was white in color. Smooth and clean texture that was sweeter than other bitters, but still retained the bitterness. Included gentle hop and malt flavors, with fruity accent, almost peachy. Nice bitter aftertaste. This was my "last call" before departing, and it was tough work getting some. It has a following, so the well was dry on a few occasions beforehand. It was recommended by my friend who said it was the "champagne of beers," and I trust their assessment, but I sampled bitters that were equal, if not better.
kwik-lime (1418) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not quite sure it lives up to its impresive reputation but a very good bitter nonetheless. Flowery aroma, fruity malty taste with just the right bitterness.
scotty (1071) - SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the Burts Hotel,Melrose. I remember this from years ago in Edinburgh..in the Starbank and a few other pubs as well. This pint was smooth and well balanced,delicious! A fine pint in a fine establishment...quite upmarket and a tad on the pricey side, but well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
PorterCall (44) - (Formerly UK), DENMARK - FEB 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, served perfectly at The Harp pub in Covent Garden. Flowery aroma, present in taste as well with sweet fruits, a good hoppy finish. This is a great cask ale. A favourite of mine, try it! Better from the cask but not at all bad from the bottle.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint pulled at the Old Bell Tavern, a clean orange with a filmy head. A flowery malt aroma with a strong malty taste. Very smooth in the mouth with a great bittering finish.
Nekronos (3737) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 19, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 I do not know why it is considered the best bitter, but it was not that bitter, a little sour sometimes, with a sweet backtaste and smell at the begining.
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - SEP 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 A real legend of an ale, if well kept, it’s most excellent, and this, thankfully, was. Nice off-white head, lovely deep gold colour. Tastes slightly sweet, hoppy, gently easing you into caramel, honey, nut. Leaves a nice aftertaste, not too sweet, slight fruit about it. One of my favourites from the tap to date.
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark yellow with sparse bubly head. Fruit and flowery hops in the aroma. Nice blends of hops combined with a mix of malt and fruits (apple?) makes this a very nice session beer.
Scarborough (17) - ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The mystery that is Landlord. A highly acclaimed beer that mostly doesn’t quite live up to expectation. A beer that is widely available due to its huge (indeed, legendary) reputation, but is almost as equally widely acknowledged to be often served in poor condition. The malt base is quite laid back, almost lacking in character, but providing a sufficiently fruity base for the hops to do their thing. And it is the hops for which the beer is most famous. When on form the hops have a dusty English intensity which combined with the fruity malt can deliver a wonderful fresh citric grapefruit edge. At this point the beer is refreshing and invigorating, delivering an impact that approaches the modern American Pale Ales, but retaining the fascinating English dustiness and sulphur notes which are best discovered in a fresh cask ale. But, while this pale hoppy Best Bitter does hold a certain fascination when in top condition, it never quite delivers a world-class punch. So... Landlord mostly lacks character - the malt is just bland, and the hops simply bitter, and even when on form, though tasty and hoppy, doesn’t sufficiently entice or shine with splendour.
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Cask at The Globe (Nicholson’s), London) Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, pear, floral, some caramel. Taste is medium sweet, earthy/floral, some caramel, light apple/pear. Watery light-medium body, light resin.