Vladivostok (250) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Premium Bitter? My Aunt Fanny. This is a typical example of an English Old Ale. Dark as a Munchener Dunkel, a slight whiff of caramel, everso gentle roastiness, very muted hops and just a slight hint of alcohol. Perhaps a little sweet for some palates but a pint goes down well at the end of the evening just when you’re about to brave the cold. Old Ale isn’t so much a style, more a winter accoutriment to go with duffel coats and long johns. Well worth trying but dress up warm...
jamesie1857 (1423) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at Golden Eagle Lincoln - A red body, lacing white head. Nose is caramel and malt, with a sweetness carrying all the way through. Quite a pleasant one, but not so much of a winter warmer as I’d hoped for.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - caramel with slight citrus
A - mid brown with frothy head
T - light sweet with lighter bitter
P - mid and soft
O - average
EdKing (1903) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask direct from the brewery. Colour is deep reddish brown, hardly any head. Aroma is standard Tring caramel malt character, bit of antique varnished wood, touch of roasted malt. Taste is caramel malt, medium bitter English hops, roasted malt. Probably one of the dullest Christmas beers I’ve had. Some hop dryness on the finish.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask in 3 Judges. Aroma is minimal but ropasty malts, grassy hop. Taste is similar a bit bland, mainly malty notes.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask@The Market Porter, Borough, London. Pretty much a heavier version of the Snowflake. Sweetish, ever so lightly sticky wholemeal maltyness. Leafy hops in the finish. A bit dull, but quite drinkable.