yespr (34875) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From cask at Market Porter. Pours slight cloudy deep orange golden with a diminished white head. Light spiced and hoppy aroma. Flavour is spiced hoppy and bitter towards light acidic. Bitter and towards acidic into the finish. 6-3-7-3-13=3.2
From cask at the sir John Moor. Pours clear and golden orange with a creamy and off-white head. Mild caramel malty aroma with a light hops note. Slight earthy malty and simple bittered with a light dryness. Ends dry malty with asubdued bitterness and no sweetness at all. Light fruity note into the finish. Dry and bitter into the far finish.6-3-6-3-13=3.1
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2010 1) Faversham Spoons. Tawny amber with white halo. Lime and leafy hops on the nose. Surprisingly earthy citrus hop with a gnaw of chlorophyll. Bit soily. Clean, abrupt and bitter on the end. Good balancing vanilla, tea and honeyish malt. Lemony, earthy, solidly hopped. Touch of malt nuttiness. Tasty.
2) The Red Lion, Burbage. Caramel, choc, slight hop hum aroma. Brass with draped white lid. Lots of earth, wood sap, mouldy choc. Bittersweet creamy nut linger. Nice. 737313.
bobinlondon (1260) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2008
2.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Handpulled cask at JDW Ickenham. Light amber with a short lived white head. Pleasent but so ordinary considering its champion status.
sm89walt (1799) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask - West Gate Inn JDW, Canterbury. Light, reddy brown with a thin, readily dissipating ashy-white head. Quite a bitter fruit aroma along with tobacco and cedar. A spicy, piney, grapefruity flavour profile with a, lip-smacking bitter finish. A soft mouthfeel and a rounded session bitter in all.
Fin (8270) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
<i> <b> Cask at the Penny Black, JDW, Bicester, Oxon, </i></b> Pours light amber with good clarity, white head and looks in tip op condition having only just gone on. Tons of hoppy citrussness, quite bitter, a sheen of sweetness, nice and juicy, crisp and drying at end.
cach0rr0 (2) - , Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On the weaker side, but an amazing finish. This beer could be a dessert, as it has just the right mix of bitter, and almost buttery flavour. I loved it, shame I can’t find it anywhere.
TimE (4074) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Liquid autumn color. Apricot nose. Body is med, fairly malty with apricots and apples. Straight forward all the way.
AsaNewt (113) - blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Lytham Beer Festival.
Light amber/copper colour. honey and hoppy flavour. above avarage
Rune (9239) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overall champion beer of Britain 08 – and winner of the Bitter category. Draught, tutored tasting with Roger Protz at GBBF. Clear, copper-bronze body. Missing head. Malty to the nose. Bitter spicy hops in flavour balanced by biscuit malts. Dry bitter tail. Maybe slightly over the average of bitter British ales (06.08.208).
Svesse (6888) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Cask at GBBF, London, 6 Aug 2008) Copper colour with brief, white head. Malty, fruity nose with apricots and earthy, dusty hops. Fruity taste with notes of apricots, orange and generous doses of earthy hops in a fairly bitter finish. Solid malt foundation. Fairly dry. Probably not the best beer in Britain, but still nice.