MrBlueSky93 (362) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cellar Door, Four Oaks.
Pours Chesnut in colour, single finger off white head that dissipates quickly, very clear. Aroma of wood, honey, raisins, dark fruits, some sweetness, chocolate maybe, toffee, caramel. Initial taste of dark fruits, raisins, plum, then toffee, caramel, quite creamy it must be said, peat smoke, some chocolate and molasses too. Very nice!
Grumbo (784) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Bernie’s in Solihull. Pours a copper brown colour with an off white bubbly head. Aroma of sweet caramel, malt, and prunes. Bittersweet taste. Body quite thin, average carbonation.
DanielBrown (4042) - 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 (4593) - 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500ml bottle; poured into an Abbot Ale @ home on 7th Dec 2012, the best before date being rubbed out: assume it’s ’out of date’.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 (11666) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 (6422) - 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 (6248) - 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.