Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Le Gothique’s Halloween Beer Festival 2013. Poured a dark brown colour with a medium beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel and banana essence. A slightly sharp acidic flavour first off followed by apples and brown sugar. Finish was nutty with some cinnamon and roasted malt.
planky84 (2518) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at NWAF, 2011. Dark reddish-brown pour with an off white head. Aromas of pear, red apples, toffee. Vanilla, dried fruit, pear and damson flavours. Sweet, malty finish. Not bad at all.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BCA (from Southwick Brewhouse, BBE May 06). I’ve been experimenting with leaving bottle conditioned beers to condition after opening for an hour or more. This was left for two hours before sampling which I think added a real smoothness, not quite cask ale but nice. Dark with reddish glint. Earthy woody malts with pleasing hoppy bits which quickly fade. Quite dry with interesting acidity to the finish and some roasted complexities. Light bodied but full. Relaxed but very tasty and I would love to try this on cask.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 Cask at the White Horse Old Ale Festival, 27th Nov 09. Deeo dark brown with a slim tan head. Chocolate malt on the nose, smoky and nutty taste. Smooth light finish.
Original rate (5/4/7//3/12) below:
Bottle. Dark mahogany colouration with a persistent beige head. Somewhat off aroma. Flavour of caramel and chocolate malt, quite sweet but not overly so. Smooth palate. Decent but not amazing. I think I’ve been spoiled by having some truly excellent strong dark milds and old ales in recent months.
joe19612 (2195) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle conditioned. Ruby coloured when poured. Malty sour aroma. Very roasty feeling in mouth. good dry finish though.
Typical english winter ale.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at the Twickenham BF 2004, day 1.. Tasty, hoppy and fairly full bodied beer. Roasty and sweet.
wheresthepath (1809) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle from Pallants of Arundel] Pours a deep ruby-brown with a moderate cream head. Medium carbonation - rather fizzy for the style. Plenty of smoke up front, then a good coffee base with slight liquorice hints and a light earthy bitterness. Decent flavor, but the mouthfeel is too thin and fizzy and the finish is on the short side.
kwik-lime (1517) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown verging on black with a tan head. Roasted malt, smokiness and coffee with a slight, but not unpleasant, hint of sour fruitiness peeking through. Really enjoyable beer and a good example of the style.
StueyD (1467) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark, chocolate brown coloured beer with ruby tints and a weak white head. A strong malty nose with a liquorice aroma, but a bit earthy. A dry, toasted malt taste with caramel, liquorice, and a light smoky flavour comes through to a fruity, bitter sweet finish. (Bottle - courtesy of Edd @ The Fox & Hounds, Heacham, Norfolk, who collected this, amongst others, during a trip to Horsham).
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Camra National Winter Ale Festival, Manchester, UK 28 Jan 2005
Slightly sticky. Roast beef and cherries predominant. Missing some in maltiness.