bpreo (1312) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s not that bitter, even though it is a Bitter. It definitely tastes like the Brits would love it.
BlackHaddock (2880) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From BA (Dec 2006): This is a review of a beer I drink on a regular basis, and I thought I should share my views on it.
I only drink it in cask form and in pubs I know look after their beer.
A lovely ruby coluored dark beer which always comes with a fine, smooth, creamy off-white head.
No huge aroma, but hops, malts and often a toasty burnt smell is evident.
This is a well balanced, well made bitter and tastes like a good English bitter should.
The dryness and bitterness stays for a while, to be replaced by the malt and hops which are initially in the aroma.
Very drinkable, a good benchmark for anyone who doesn’t know what an English Bitter tastes like.
erickok (2806) - Tours, FRANCE - APR 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber and clear, frothy yellowish head. Ash, humus, some lemon. Pretty nice actually. Bit dry taste. Soft body, could use more alcohol for sure. (Pint)
Darwenus (444) - Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An OK ale, if not a particularly memorable one. It pours with a lot of color (or, uhh... colour) and it smells good, but the taste delivers nothing beyond the aroma’s dry exposition. There’s malt and citrus up front, and grassy hops provide a little edge on the back end.
wimpyjoe (2249) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Healthy cask ale but not too many defining features beyond this. Easy to sup.
tombyars (1266) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
First sampled this well known English bitter in the Narrow Boat, Weedon in July 1994. Cask, handpump dispense. Copper red in colour with a large frothy white head. Slight malt and boiled eggs in the aroma and thin inspid mouth feel. Decent lacing throughout. Weak malt complexes giving poor depth of flavours. Initial sweet taste comes through with slight raisin fruit notes but balanced by a dry hop bite. Metallic hop resin appears again in the aftertaste. Surprised at the poor quality of this "classic" beer from such a big name brewery?
cardofab (224) - Teramo- ITALY, ITALY - MAR 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bellissimo colore ambrato, al naso è lievemente fruttata. In bocca è un pò acquosa ma rimane gradevolmente luppolata. Discreta.
dogbomb (751) - ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at Manchester Winter Ales Festival. Amber with healthy white fluff. Floral hoppy. Some citrus. Bitter and pleasant.
jackl (3441) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask. Deep amber color, little airy white head. The nose is grainy, a bit of mahogany and shoe leather. Some grassy hops on the nose too. The taste is sweet - some brown bread, sweet caramel, aromatic hops, crystal malts. The palate is medium/heavy, a little weighty. Overall, a not my ideal bitter. More of a ’third choice at the village pub’ option.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On cask at Cloister. Pours a golden colour with a thin beige head. Musty aroma of wet dog, yeast, barley and caramel. Similar musty flavour with mild carbonation and a mildly oily mouth-feel.