Beese (1540) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 11 March 2013. Poured a clear chestnut, with a dense white head and excellent lacing. Malty aroma, with notes of berries and peppery hops. Initial flavours of dried fruit, biscuit and hay. Finish was bitter resin, spruce and some caramel.
jjsint (663) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2014 Cask at the Cricketers Arms, Bedford. Mid to dark ruby brown, with a perfect off-white head. Odd little nose: bit of cinnamon, bit of smoke, with malty overtones & the slightest astringency. Taste changes from sweet to sour-bitter with a short sweetish finish. Balanced bitter aftertaste. Interesting and certainly worth trying: a brown bitter that holds a mystery or two.
mR_fr0g (2520) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Caramel colour clear with a lasting grey head. Aroma is subdued caramel and some dried. Flavour is nutty raisin some dull caramel. Medium sweet palate. Meh.
RichTheVillan (2509) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; clear medium brown pour frothy white head, bready malt with a bit of fruit.
SarkyNorthener (1736) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask@moonunderwater, wolverhampton. Dark chestnut colour with large head and good lacing. The perfect looking winter ale especially since it is snowing at the moment. Aroma is a little malts with dark fruits. Taste is also malts, mild dark fruits and biscuit. The body is thinner than it looks. On first taste i thought this could be a 4.0 but as I tasted more it slightly dropped. A very good beer that unfortunately finished in an anticlimax.
Leighton (10540) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at The Gate Clock, JDW - Greenwich, London. Pours clear brown with a fine, white foam head. Toasted leaves and brown bread on the nose. Light to medium sweet flavor with light dirt, toffee, sweet brown bread. Light to medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Moderately sweet finish with some grainy brown bread, faint dry toffee, toast, ligth earth. Actually pretty darn alright. A classical and, as such, very drinkable bitter.
harrisoni (13283) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask handull at County Hotel JDW Ashford. Clear deep brown with lasting beige head. Fruity malty beer. Like a fruity digestive biscuit. Juicy hedgerow fruits. I thought pretty good. Yes drinkable. Ok condition little bit of sting on finish
wimpyjoe (3565) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown ale but clear which makes its thick creamy head stand out. It’s a smooth winter style ale with a very pleasant fusion of hops and wild fruits.
BlackHaddock (3509) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This review is of a hand pulled cask pint taken in the well respected ‘Dove’ in North London.
Originally a one off special brewed in 2010 it is now an occasional brew coming out during the winter months. The pump clip claimed it was a ’Winter Ale’.
The beer comes a dark, deep red/brown, a dull chestnut colour I suppose: on top was a cream coloured foaming head of bubbles.
Not a huge nose to my pint, some maltiness but very little of anything really.
The taste was of roasted malts, some grain type notes and a gentle hop finish: I was expecting a bit more for a winter brew to be honest, especially on seeing the colour and body depth it hinted at.
Nothing wrong with it, but I was a hoping for more (of everything).
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 1) Cask handpull, Whitefriars, Coventry, 25/02/12. Chestnut with a level cream top Red berry tang, slight hopcone aroma, apple. Berries and biscuit, stillness, slight cherry stone. Light raisin. Average. 636312.
2) Cask handpull, The Felix, Nuneaton, 06/01/13. Pale chestnut with a slim white collar leaving thick, egg white lace. Slight aniseed, caramel and rust nose. Attractive crushed biscuit malt; hints of berries and gentle hop spice. Drying finish. Decent bog standard bitter. 747413.