SilkTork (5538) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A low abv bottle conditioned bitter from this enterprising Buckinghampshire microbrewery. Vale Brewery started in 1995 by the brothers Stevens, and have already acquired a few CAMRA awards for their cask ales. It’s uncommon for a British Bitter with such a low abv to work well as a bottle conditioned beer, but the brothers are careful to put in some sweet wort to give the fresh yeast something to work with. The result is very impressive - the closest thing I have yet encountered to a traditional British Bitter in the bottle. This tastes fresh with a delicate balance of fruitiness and hoppy bitterness. Mmmmmm!
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2005 Bittersweet flavour, citrusy, malty and nutty, quite a bitter hop finish, lots of flavour, small to medium body, tasty. Re-rate:bottle. Not as good as the first type, a little thin in body, with a wholemeal grainy malt flavour, quite dry and drinkable though.