DanielBrown (3700) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Bell, Harborne, Brum. Rather pedestrian chestnut/maroon Bitter, with thick, rich, chewy malt. Very malty. Has a slight tang (probably from the malt). Slippery.
BlackHaddock (3480) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle; poured into an Abbot Ale @ home on 7th Dec 2012, the best before date being rubbed out: assume it’s ’out of date’.
Nice looking Mahogany/Ruby Red body, clear, bright and clean: the head a swiftly disappearing off-white wisp.
The nose was like a fruit and nut chocolate bar (UK Cadburys) just unwrapped and opened for the first time: the taste wasn’t far off that either, maltier maybe, but all ’Cadburys fruit and nut Cake’ for those old enough to remember the adverts!
If the head hadn’t gone before it arrived and it had a little more hop bitterness I’d have dined out on Duck Soup until I lost a stone in weight.
Good body depth and rich/flavoursome in my eyes. Really enjoyed this beer: would love to find it in Cask form.
Theydon_Bois (7924) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Served from cask dispense at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham Green, (Feb’12) into a UK half pint jug.
Pours a clear mid amber colour with just a little white head that doesn’t hang around too long forming a small pond in the middle of the glass after a short while!
Smells bready and malty, earthy, almost in a sasion farmyard way.
Also slightly earthy tasting, nutty, bready, malt, a little butterey and a slightly metallic tang also present.
Thinninsh to light bodied beer and finishes with a coppery/bitter aftertaste.
An OK offering, but not one I’d be looking out for in the future.
MustangMarkF (219) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml Bottle. This beer, like the other Warwickshire beers is NO LONGER BOTTLE CONDITIONED, pours quite a dark brown colour with a thin head. (A nice creamy head would improve it so very much), however it tastes and smells more like a bitter than a mild. It has a malty and nutty nose with slight hints of fruit. The maltiness is also apparant on the tongue and is a slight fruitiness. This gives way to a slightly bitter finish - very decent session ale.
justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from S H Jones, Bicester. Pours a chestnut colour with a thin tan head. It really reminds me of the pints of bitter my dad used to drink in the 70s to look at, particularly as I’m drinking it from a dimpled mug. There’s a chocolatey malty aroma that’s really inviting and not least because of a hint of morello cherry in the background. Quite thin on the palate, it washes over the tongue leaving a rough, roasty, musty, smokey cheap chocolate taste that doesn’t quite gel at first but then almost does as it takes on a silky quality. More of the musty malty smokiness is present in the aftertaste. I’ve had beers that have echoes of the qualities of this beer before, but not one that combines them together quite like this. I’m not sure however that is necessarily a good thing.
kermis (4752) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Horseshoes. Clear brown pour with a tan head. Light smokey aroma and a sweet light smokey flavor going into the finish.
deanso (5024) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
cask handpump at the Horseshoes, Nuneaton.
Decent creamy white head. Clear blond/amber pour. Nice enough bitter
walkerleigh (2) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bernies Real Ale Off Licence. Tastes stronger than it is Orange, caramel. Definitely have again. Nice BBB story.
dogbomb (922) - ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at White Cross Beer Festival. Pale gold with a voluminous white head. Nice and light balance of malt and hops. Light bitter finish. Hint of mango. Oranges. Banana. Lovely.
Fin (7254) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from the Vale Brewery Shop, Brill, Buckinghamshire, (Barry purchased this) consumed at Isobel’s (Loz’s mums) 20.05.11 Pours amber with a white head, some soft bitterness and quite metallic and tinny. A few of our party felt it should of been called Duck Pond rather than Duck Soup because that was how it tasted, I wasn’t quite that harsh, however it wasn’t great. A6 A3 T5 P2 Ov11 2.7