ladnewton (1539) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Southampton Arms on 29th March 2011. Copper with thin off-white head. Initially very sweet with fruitiness, mainly berries. Then sharp switch to grassy, herby hoppiness. This bitter hoppy theme continues to a rich finish with a cheesy note and citric touch on the tongue. The cheesy note also being picked up by fellow drinker "Anthony A" at same time as myself. Lingering hoppiness and a light smooth mouthfeel.
Bullit (4029) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ 3 Judges. Amber colour, off-white head. Aroma is sweet fruity, malty, little toastiness. Flavour is light hoppy, sweet malty, bit of sugar, and some lemonade.
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Handpump at the Assembly Rooms, Derby 06/02/2010
Floral aroma. Copper coloured fruity and a little hoppy with a hint of bitterness and pepper in a dry full malt finish.
DruncanVeasey (7379) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2010 Cask handpull, The Victoria, Rugby. Bronze with a good persistent off-white head. Hopcone and caramel aroma; faint umami, touches of sesame and almond, alcohol traces. Vanilla and nuts struggling out. Tastes way over 4.1. Some Ovaltine and hedgerow fruit. Drab after The Frog.
berkshirejohn (4916) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading. Copper coloured with a dense cream head; aroma of sour autumn fruits; smooth and creamy texture; autumn fruit flavours with a touch of toffee sweetness to start, then tart grapefruit; the finish has some dry bisuity malts and lingering grapefruit. Very drinkable.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2012 Cask conditioned handpump Coach & Horses Wellingborough (The not the Tithe Barn drive). A copper coloured beer with a loose off-white head. Good orangey citric hops throughout; better in mouth than in the aroma although the nose is no pushover. Good full fruity flavours. Nice but really not what I was expecting based on the name. Score 3.6
Subsequent rating scored 3.4. Average becomes 3.5
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Dark gold, medium off white head. Faint sweet, cheesy malt aroma. Fruity taste, slightly sour, perhaps strawberry. Mid bitter finish lasts well. Foreign hops?
StueyD (1332) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
the version i tried was just called "Winter Soltice" and had an abv of 4.3%. A mid amber, brown coloured beer with a thick white head. A light, biscuity malt nose, and slightly sweet. The taste is dry to start, then a sweet malt flavour comes through, but then the finish is dry! (Cask - The Ouse Amateur Sailing Club, King’s Lynn, Norfolk)
Fin (8011) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Merton Winter Beer Festival 2005 (retrospectively added from diary notes) Not really what I would call a typical winter beer as strength lacking a bit, amber coloured, small white head nice bitterness nothing special.
imdownthepub (10989) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Conditioned at the Bishops Blaize, Burdrop. Amber beer with white head. A sweet malty winter beer of lowish ABV, bitter and restrained hops. Interesting without being great.