maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2010 Cask conditioned - handpump - Otter’s Pocket Stamford. When I was 17 or so I used to occasionally drink this and think it was the epitome of strong beers - really malty, fruity and tasty. I lived in a small village and there were probably 4 or 5 real ales available and the others were all quite dull and ordinary. I then started to appreciate beers over the next 10 to 15 years and thought that Bombardier was a experience that I’d exaggerated in my youth. Today I tried it again in a pub which has six real ales on - all fairly normal and common but this one hadn’t been rated so why not? It came as a shock to me how much I enjoyed this. I though maybe it was nostalgia playing tricks with me, but look at the style percentile, really high, so it’s not just me! It pours a nice amber colour with a nice fruity berry aroma. The taste is fruity as I remember it with good malt qualities and a lovely warming mouthfeel. There is almost a toffee like fruity feel throughout the aroma and taste which fills the mouth and the stomach. Nice one and I’ll never doubt my memory again. Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 3.2. Average becomes 3.3
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2011 Cask at a pub in Shepperton, June 2006. Caramel colored dark orange body. Flavor has some grassy C hops at first, then some toast and caramel flavors. Nose is toasty and grassy, with some honey and grassy oak flavors in the finish. Better than expected.
leaparsons (7794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Cask, New Road Inn, Leicester. Bronze with a dense cream head. Aromas are light toffee malts with gentle fruitiness and some nuttiness. Flavours are light, bitter, dry hops. Not very malty. Has some pepper sensation, along with metal, on the finish. Very easy to drink in a not very complex sense.
Rune (7346) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, half pint, at Calthorpe Arms, Holborn. Deep dark amber body under thin beige head. Firm lacing on the glass. Moderate aroma of dark caramel. More caramel malts in flavour added by a fruity component and a woody touch. Smooth bitter ending (11.03.2008).
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber colour. Fruit & nuts dominate. Quite malty with some balancing bitterness. Not bad, but tasted a little dull and lifeless. Not enough bite or zing for my taste. Pub not noted for its cellaring skills, so I should re-rate this if I ever get the chance to try it on home ground in Bedford. Handpump, The Litten Tree, London SW1, March 2003
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand-pulled cask at the Bag O' Nails pub near Buckingham Palace in London. Amber/brown color with a medium thin beige head that did not last long. Thin coating of lace throughout the glass. Subtle malt and caramel in the nose. Medium-bodied and smooth like glass with a woody character. Flavors of dark fruit, malt and hops. The finish is smooth and rather creamy. I liked this one pretty well.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Sim rate (Cask at JDW): Malt, nuts and slight vinegar in the aroma. Standard appearance. Bitter start and finish with a flavour similar to the aroma. Lots of hazelnut with a nut licquer finish.
Fin (7012) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Cask conditioned at the Red Lion, Wendlebury, Oxon, 16-07-06 . Poured a standard brown colour with a slight head and a hint of haze probably suggesting that this was maybe getting a bit tired in the cask. Not in the least bit impressed with this. It tasted a bit malty, bitterer than I remembered I considered taking it back but in truth it wasn’t off, had no vinergary notes to it and maybe is a different beer to how I recall it. I should try this again as I reckon the it tastes better picked up from a supermarket in a bottle than it did here A5 A3 F4 P2 Ov 7 . Cask, The Unicorn Hotel, Deddington, Oxon, 27-10-08 Pours deep reddy/amber in colour with white head. The aroma is quite maly with a touch of sweet dark fruits, like dates or similar. Taste is really quite uncomplicated, its fruity, sweet and malty, some dried fruits carry through some of the sweetness and it can get just a little tiring after a bit, but I felt a re-rate was in order as this wasn’t a bad pint at all. A6 A5 F6 P3 Ov 11 .
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gravity dispense/stillage at the Tin Goose - LHR T1, 25/01/13.
Clear dark golden copper with a thin off white head that retains.
Nose is a little subdued, caramel malt, berry fruits, sugars, hint of plum.
Taste carries a touch more depth, caramel malt, biscuit, dough, faint ribena notes.
Medium in body, moderate carbnonation, some bitterness in the dry finish.
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2007 Classic English sessions. Silkily drinkable pint oozing with mellow, honeyish malt and gentle hop leafiness. Soothing as tea and freshly buttered toast. Delicately bready. A fine specimen. (Re-rate 20/06/07) En Burbage. Egg custard, tangerine, honey, apple, vanilla. All kinds of flavours sneaking across here. Wet alsatian aroma. A tasty and dependable stand-by, if treated well.