bhensonb (9866) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Noted this as Bomber Country. Cask at the Hopbine in Cambridge. Dark reddish brown color with a decent head. Sort of a cross between a brown and an ESB. Very flavorful. Very good. I can still recall holding the glass. Note from 10/14/2004.
evilsoc (191) - WALES - SEP 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Steam Railway, Swindon. Amber red. Sour malts, chocolate with woody puckering bitterness. Good balance! Not short on flavour in my opinion.
berkshirejohn (3972) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Back of Beyond (JDW), Reading. A rather good bitter. Copper with a reddish tint, and a dense cream head; powerful aroma of roasted malts, slightly smoky; deppely bitter flavour with thick treacly malts; and a dry and bitter finish. Everything an ESB should be.
FatPhil (8116) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 Cask (Clarendon Arms, Cambridge)
Reddish, thin head. Sweet malty aroma, hints of dark berries. Loads of malt in the taste, thick and rich - and with enough nuttiness to keep the taste buds firing. Great ESB.
joe19612 (1610) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Wheatsheaf Frimley Green.
A lovely dark amber colour with plenty of berries in the aroma. Lots of roast malt on the taste. A good beer,however this is not a session beer.
DruncanVeasey (6642) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 1) The Sad Hog Tavern. Ruby red glow with lacings aplenty. Vinous fruit, red berry, Flemish sourness, maybe cinammon. Nibbles of chocolate and liquorice. Unusually sour for an English brew. Not sure it’s meant to taste like this. 535312.
2) Cask handpull, Hinckley Spoons, 12/04/12. Claret against the table with a dirty cream collar. Light roasted nut, earthy coffee, slight urinal aroma: very good. Generous, roasted nut, coffee sprinkled flavour. Some underlying blackcurrant and orange hop presence. Balanced, textured. Bitter finish, nut husk afters. Excellent. 747415.
downender (5662) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity dispense at the Miners’ Arms Summer Beer Festival, St Werburgh’s Bristol 6/8/07. Reddish amber colour with a moderate off-white head. aroma of caramel and red fruits. Flavour of dark chocolate and red currants with a hoppy, bitter finish. Excellent.
jammin7jg (139) - Burnage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[CASK: The Bull’s Head, Piccadilly, Manchester 19/02/07] A good strongish ale that has a nice taste. Worth trying.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A Sim Rate (Cask at Planet Thanet): Sweet and bitter caramel aroma. Slightly metallic. Morello cherriesin the aroma. Bitter dark chocolate flavour. It’s a bit like a Mon Cherie liqueur chocolates. OK, but not great.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask (handpull), Tap & Spile, Lincoln.
Half Man Half Biscuit once sang; "There is nothing better in life / than writing on the sole of your slipper with a biro / on a Saturday night / instead of going to the pub".
They were wrong.
There is nothing better in life than finding a great pub with great local beer in great condition. Old-satchel-brown body, a transient effervescing head, sweet and soft malts with some slight hazelnuttiness. Superb stuff.