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Williams Brothers Joker (Cask)

Formerly brewed at Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Bitter
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask: Occasional.
Williams "Joker" is our wildcard, this is a copper coloured ale, medium bodied and a pleasent mix of spice and fruit, which stretches the palate to a smile!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2010
[cask at Sheep’s Heid Inn, Edinburgh] Lovely looking pint, burnished gold colour with a sparkler head of about a centimetre depth. Aromas of citrus, grass from the hops, malt and a little spice. Very drinkable, bitter citrus at first, with a sweet malt component before a lovely dry aftertaste with a piney finish. I think I caught a great pint, no question. Really good stuff – much more rounded taste than the bottled Joker (which is still very nice) [10102010]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2008
In short: A delicious and subtly hoppy British pale ale with a subdued richness and oily hop character.

Cask @ Brickskellar in DC, it looks downright amazing, from the soft green-tinted hazy body to the rough and rocky sea-form head, speckled with hop particles, it almost looks like cinnamon sprinkled on a souffle. Aroma-wise we’re talking about soft, wet, oily hops, resinous even, but all-together quite soft. The palate is hefty but not thick or syrupy... full bodied richness of solid pale malt and a green, young, wet quality to the hops, it’s surprisingly satisfying and delicious, and I could imagine drinking a few of these in one sitting. Fruit and spice is present but makes a minimal contribution, mostly muted by the green, damp hops, but bitterness is kept in check. A delicious spice and hop English cask ale that I can’t help but like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2010
Served from cask at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a medium sized creamy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel and floral hops. The taste is floral and citrus hops, caramel and tea. Bitter finish. Medium bodied. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2010
Cask handpull, The Crown, Nuneaton. Hazy orange-amber with a thin bubbly collar. Juicy hop aroma hinting at peach, mango, thick tacky resins. Rich and dense with overripe pineapple over thick cheesecake and nut husk malts that can handle it. Brothers rarely let you down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Cask as Scottish Joker IPA at Map Room. Pours a quite bright copper with a frothy soap bubble head. Nose is spicy hops, light citrus and some musty malts. On taste, it is crisp and pretty clean. Spicy hops are very prominent with some citrus in the back end. Full bready malts. Pretty solid bitter, really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40418) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2012
From cask. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is crisp citrusy and peachy. Bitter, light toasted malty and peachy to grapefruity. Bitter and dry hoppy into a crisp hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 25, 2010
On cask at Rattle n Hum
Aroma citric hint of funk , hops with meadow like character . soft and pleasant 7+
Appearance hazed golden look with little off top.
Flavor and Palate : mid bodied , sweet base , fruity with more of aromas meadow feel. Hop oriented end. Quiet drinkable. Refreshing ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (5241) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2011
Cask @ Bert’s Bar, Edinburgh. Pours a cloudy golden with some head, which mostly goes. The nose has citrus, pine and then pine resin on the end. The taste has green vegetables, probably runner-bean. The palate is medium bodied and textured with a nice clean finish. Overal, a really tasty and sessionable ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Pot Of Beer, Manchester 23/04/2004 Amber golden coloured slightly rich and sweet on the palate with a fruit aroma. Dry lasting slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13227) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2011
Cask conditioned at The Kings Head, Melrose, Scottish Borders. Brownish amber with white head. Bready malts to the fore with some background leafy hop notes. There is a pine leaf twang. Reasonable.

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