Theydon_Bois (7904) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the William Webb Ellis, Twickers, 12/10/13.
Clear reddish amber with a good sized light beige head.
Nose is biscuit malt, light orchard fruit, thin caramel vein.
Taste comprises toffee, dark fruits, biscuit malt, fruit loaf.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry bitter finish.
Vladivostok (227) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slight hoppy aroma, reddish colour and to my mind, an old ale rather than a bitter. Nice toffee malt palate ending in a controlled bitter finish. The body generated naturally in this kind of ale tends to counteract the harshness that I have encountered in other Vale beers. In my view, their best to date.
mR_fr0g (2393) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 Cask at the sportsman in croxley. Ruby red with loose white with large bubbles. Aroma is herbal hop, some red berry. Flavour is herbal ice tea. Some tea tan in. Soft carbonation.
berkshirejohn (4381) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Bell, Waltham St Lawrence. An attractive reddish chesnut colour with a loose cream head; earthy malt aroma; toffee and malt flavours with some gentle dry hops; and a nutty finish. A comforting autumnal bitter.
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish copper with a beige head. Aroma is malt and fruity notes. Flavour is malt, flower and light toffee. Medium bitter.
tombyars (1328) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted this ruby ale in the Counting House, Glasgow (JDW) in November 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear red copper in colour with a thin tan head. Good lacing throughout and a thin mouthfeel. Thin green apple fruit in the malty aroma. Pale malts deliver a fiery maltloaf base with hints of redcurrant fruit and slight toffee notes. Distinct tang of crystal malt in this which compliments the biter hop resins in the spicy aftertaste. Dry woody oak note in the sweet malty finish. An ok session ale.
joe19612 (1801) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Golden Pheasant, Biggleswade. Pours a dark reddish colour with a firm white head. The aroma is full of fruit and malt, the taste is full of fruit again especially berries with a dry fruity finish.
imdownthepub (9954) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Chestnut with white head. A fullish malty body, some roastiness, some fruitiness, berries. There is a dryish leafy hop note for contrast, just enough to maintain interest. Reasonable.
harrisoni (13167) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask handpull at Victoria Station, JDW, Victoria. Chestnut colour with lasting thick cream head. Yes, blackcurrant/hedgerow fruit but just a little muddled maybe. Served way too cold. need to re-try. Fine. Dark fruity bitter.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at Pilgrims Progress (JDW), Bedford, after the end of ’Spoons Beer festival ’10. Amber with a small off white head. Sweaty aroma, not appealing. Earthy malt with slight sourness. Mid bitter finish. Didn’t quite work.