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Vale Long Dark Nights

Brewed by Vale
Style: Bitter
Brill, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask: Occasional. Released Dec 2010. Included in 2011 JDW Autumn Beer Festival.
JDW release notes: This mahogany-coloured best bitter has been brewed especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. It has a floral blackcurrant-hedgerow aroma and a soft, spicy, peppery bitterness, followed by a smooth, warming finish. Hops used: Fuggles, Galena, Mount Hood
Dec 2010 release notes: A selection of malts and four hop varieties from the USA and UK combine to produce a mahogany coloured bitter, with spicy notes. A smooth warming winter ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (8778) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2012
Tidy bitter with a great full body, also complimented by some fantastic flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (22544) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
5th October 2011
Liberty Bounds Spoons. Clear brown beer. Thin off white head. Semi dry palate - fresh. Even malt. Trace of apple. Trace amount of hop. Mild minerals and some strange skewed malt. Insipid beer, fresh at least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011

Cask (handpump) @ The Bankers Draft, 1-3 Market Place, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England S1 2GH.

Clear medium to dark brown amber colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate hoppy, perfume, berry. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, berry sweet, peppery spicy notes. Body is medium, texture is oily and smooth, carbonation is soft to flat. [20111020]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (13418) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Copper with white head. Slightly sourish, fruity, apple notes on a caramel, toffee body. Some roasted malts show through but little of the hop, which is a shame.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobinlondon (1292) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
Hand pulled cask at the Moon and Sixpence (JDW) Hatch End. Ruby/brown with a lively beige head. Subtle roast malts with a little chocolate and caramel. A good winter time bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 22/10/2011. Deep brown with a decent, off-white head. Sweet, fruit and caramel aroma with a touch of earthiness. Flavour was also sweet with a toffee edge and moderately bitter finish. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 16, 2011
On cask at The Standing Order. Pours a mahogany colour with a thin white head. Aroma of blackcurrant, green grapes, roasty malt and chocolate. Similar flavours with a dry finish. Mild carbonation and moderate CO2 prickle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5567) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2011
2011 JDW Autmn Beer Festival, Rochester. Toffee and pepper. Interesting, but a bit muddy, Lingering bitterness. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2011
Cask conditioned Handpump Eastgate Northampton. A dark brown coloured beer with a whitish head and lace. Dusty chocolate in the nose. A woody taste with a hint of banana. An ordinary malty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
stravale (2847) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 14, 2011
Cask @ The King’s HIghway, Inverness.
Light brown...clear...thin white head.
Fruity aroma...apple..caramel malt.
Taste of caramel malts....touch of roast malt....fruity apple....some sourness.
Dry finish...soft carb....lingering sourness.
Below average bitter.

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