ManVsBeer (6878) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask @ Wetherspoon’s Piccadilly, Manchester. Deep amber in colour with a very small head. Has a lot of winter ale character with a heavy aroma full of dark and winter fruits, which is fairly sugary too. It has a similar taste, but a little less stated so remains palatable in this respect. Quite sweet throughout its character.
Towey1989 (1176) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at The Roebuck, Leek (Titanic) A clear Amber colour with a medium white head. Aroma of hedgerow fruits, slight orange, subtle caramel and some grass. Taste of fruity malt, soft caramel, slight red berries, subtle tobacco, some orange and grassy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A tobaccoey, fruity bitterness in the finish. A good old fashioned beer this. Quite bitter though. Ok.
RhetoricalAns (729) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint at royal Blenheim. Decent looking amber pour though not much of a head. Fairly fruity aroma. Taste has orange, some berries. and a decently bitter finish. rests medium on the palate. Great thirst quencher.
olsvammel (4942) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the White Horse in Oxford. Malty smell with caramel. The taste had allot of caramel and a fruity finish. Felt a bit aged or old.
jjsint (1803) - Stuntney, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Royal Blenheim, Oxford. Reddish brown with a decent foamy head & lacing. Aroma of freshly fallen leaves and fruit malt loaf. The sweet fruity taste gains a bitter edge fairly quickly, leading to a lingering balanced bitter finish. Some tea, strawberry & vinous notes in the aftertaste. Not too shabby.
BlackHaddock (5387) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Last beer of the day (23rd Nov 13) from an Oxford pub crawl: Royal Blenheim being the establishment that this hand-pulled half-pint was poured for me.
It’s wet and got some alcohol in it: my notes by now were patchy and in a written hand I can’t decipher too well. Apparently it was a dark amber and had a fruity nature to it’s aroma and taste, I also scored it fairly highly so I either enjoyed it or my scoring was getting mellower after a hard days rating.
prawlie (1379) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint at the Back of Beyond in Reading. Dark brown-amber with bubbly head. ’Meaty’, bitter, dry, hint of chocolate. Dark malt and hops aroma, nice. Smooth but a touch tangy. Fairly good.
dogbomb (1126) - ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Orange amber ale with haze. Thick white head. Smells of orange marmalade with a hint of lemon. Taste is very full - there's berries, strawberries, blackberry, gooseberry and marmalade. It's also like maltesers without the chocolate have been dipped into it. Finish is smooth and "beery". Tasty and moreish.
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This beautifully malty Bitter develops velvety caramel upon leafy hops and delicately jammy fruitiness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam floats atop the clear amber.
-An earthy nod is felt in the nose.
-Malt flavours are brightly showcased.
-The mouthfeel is rich and silky for this gravity, yet this remains an easy drinking brew.
-The leafy hop bitterness has peppery angles.
On cask at The Royal Blenheim, Oxford.
RichTheVillan (5462) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; dark amber pour with soapy off white head, fruit and malt aroma, some hop bitterness in the taste, biscuity malts, quite pleasant.