SilkTork (5498) - 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!
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ Green Dragon & The Rising Sun, Haddenham, UK Backlog 14 Aug 2004
A very nice session beer.Would this be at my local there would be several long sessions indeed. Quite complex for its strength, with some slight butterscotch and nuts. Finishes off with a nice hoppy aftertaste that calls for more of the same.
imdownthepub (12585) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask Conditioned. Mid brown beer with light head. Impressive fruity malts with some nutty notes. Fresh good drinking ale.
berkshirejohn (5677) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Jolly Anglers, Reading. A warm sunny day, so a chance to sit outside on the bank of the River Kennet and fully appreciate the incredible colour of this beer - brilliant copper, with fiery red and orange tints as it catches the sun, topped by a thin white head - an exceptional sight. Pleasant aroma of oranges; fruity and dry to start, then a juicy fruity burst; leading to a dry and bitter caramel finish. Excellent, but I would have preferred a stronger finish.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned @ Giddy Bridge (JDW), Soton. Simple upfront with distinct fruity aromas. Light cakey/vanilla sweet flavour despite being quite dry, almost immediately obliterated by the bitterness then leaving a chalky feel with a hint of residual sweetness. A decent session bitter.
thebeertourist (5169) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Real Ale. Clear, glowing amber with orange notes and a big white head. Well-balanced aroma of caramel fruit and citrussy hoppiness. Taste of raisins and toffee. Good bitterness. Light-bodied with good carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. One of the more complex bitters I have tasted.
cgarvieuk (19732) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at 3 Judges Glasgow ... Copper ... sweet fruity malt nose ... juicy ... little caramel ... bitter linger.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Babington Arms, Derby (JDW). Bright brown, hint of head, liked the hoppy finish with a real sort of hedgerow berry fruit taste - not blatant but just enough to make you go ooooh. Better the sum of its parts.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2011 2004 rating: Bottle conditioned from Wycombe Wines, High Wycombe, Bucks. 500ml. Interesting malty and nutty ale with notes of honey and some dusty hops thrown in. It works well for a bottle conditioned bitter. (3.5/5)
2009ish rerate, entered 2011. Bottle conditioned again. An orange colour, sparking clear, a thin tight white head. Subdued fruity aroma. Smooth easy drinking fruity bitter. About as good a bottled beer as you are likely to find for the strength. (3.3/5)
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask handpump at The Regal (Wetherspoons), Cambridge.
Clear copper with a good-sized head. Cereal and hops in the scent. Some carbonation, a bit dry. Caramel and biscuit malts in the mouth. Quite nice at first but then turns quite bland.