harrisoni (15793) - Ashford, Kent, - JUN 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from ASDA. Very deep brown/russett colour, with thin off white head. Chocolate malt aroma and some farty yeast. Good in mouth and then some more choc malt. Bit thin somewhere. Malts are really nice. Hoppy finish with some more good malts. Really quite nice.
BlackHaddock (5193) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown 500ml bottle, best before 28 Dec 2010, drank 16 May 2010, poured into two Palm (Belgian) glasses.
Bright, clear, dark amber body with a big bubbled tan head on top.
Malts dominate the smell, with hints of dark chocolate notes as it warms.
Dry, very dry for a Brown Ale, ideal with cheese I’d imagine (think Ploughmans Lunch). There is a hop bitterness that forces its way through the malts, giving the beer a well rounded feel. The chocolate from the aroma also appears latterly in the taste.
I like beers from this brewery, this one doesn’t stand out, but is well worth trying if you ever see it.
tombyars (1512) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
First tasted this in the Three Judges, Glasgow in December 1995. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear dark amber in colour with a thick white head. Slight prickle of roast malt in the short aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts gives a moist fruit loaf flavour with molasses and dates present. Slight note of bitter hop resins in the slightly dry aftertaste. Robust finish is fiery and full of malt with sweet golden syrup notes evident. An excellent ESB and well recommended.
anders37 (20473) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ JDW, Victoria SW1. Pours a dark amber color with a longlasting creamy off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma with some hints of caramel. Fruity malty hoppy caramel flaovr. Has a fruity malty hoppy hints.
sm89walt (1838) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Chestnut colour, small but lasting off-white head. Malty caramel aromas combine with a woodsy overtone. Good body, roasted malt flavours, bready notes, a slight but distinct dry coffee bitterness. Good lasting hoppy finish, fizzy mouthfeel.
Finn (5176) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2009
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Cask at The Standing Order, Edinburgh 13 Nov 08. Dark brown colored. A small creamy tanned head. Aroma? Watery throughout.
fiulijn (16931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
<i>Cask Conditioned at J.D. Wetherspoon - Penderel’s Oak, London</i>
Chestnut color. Caramel aroma and caramel flavor, with also a chestnut flavor; correct bitterness. It’s missing some vibes, but pleasant anyway.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at The Grid Inn, Southfields during "Spoons Fest in a Day" crawl, 2nd Nov 08. Chestnut colour, no head. Rich malty flavour, some fruity berry notes and a hoppy, but weak finish. Grassy nose is a bit funky too.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask in the new crown. Alround rating: Slightly mouldy, roasty, dry, not very tasty.
Rune (9661) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown red-tinged body topped by a thin ring of bubbles. Smell of stewed fruits. Blend of chocolate and caramel malts in flavour developing into a more prominent taste of dark fruits. Medium bodied. Not particular interesting. Third pint glass at Standing Order in Edinburgh 13.11.2008.
bobinlondon (1263) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Handpulled cask at JDW Harrow. Brown/red with an off-white head. Malty but well hopped wiyh a hint of chocolate. Very easy to drink.