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Woodfordes Dragon Hall Bitter

Woodfordes Dragon Hall Bitter
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Brewed by Woodfordes
Style: Bitter
Norwich, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask; Special.
This new beer has been brewed especially for this JDW beer festival. Pale, crystal and chocolate malts combine with roasted barley and two varieties of hops to create a ruby-coloured, very drinkable beer, enhanced by sweet fruit flavours. Hops used: Challenger, Savinjski Goldings

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1615) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Sampled this nice bitter in Esquire House, Glasgow in November 2009. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear red amber in colour with a thick creamy white head. Sweet and intense malty aroma with a hint of cider apples in there. Good creamy mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Pale malt complex leads to a fiery digestive biscuit malt with sweet glycerine jelly fruits and old fashioned bubble gum flavours. Spicy hops give a slightly dry hopped bitterness in the aftertaste but mulled fruit sweetness comes through in the robust, warming 55/45 percent sweet finish. An old fashioned style winter bitter full of craft and complexity. This ale reminded me of a weak RCH firebox. An excellent bitter and tastes much stronger than the 4.4 ABV alludes to. Well recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2010
cask at JDW ... copper ... creamy off white head ... soft plum nose ... bitter fruits ... light toffee malt ... little grapefruit ... decent balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
Cask in the Alfread Herring. Alround rating: Caramel pale malts, herbal and floral hop, fig and apple fruityness. A bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (6086) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading. Copper coloured with a dense cream head; grapefruit aroma; sharp grapefruit flavour; the finish is clean and dry and citrusy. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobinlondon (1292) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
Handpulled cask at JDW Watford. Copper with an off white head. Easy drinking intergrated best bitter. Rounded if unexciting>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
Cask handpull at County Hotel, JDW, Ashford. Biscuity bitter and rather drinkable. Some yeast character, but a very drinkable bitter I thought.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
Cask, Lloyds, Carlisle. Impressed with this, but then again, Woodfordes do brew some great stuff. A fruity red-brown ale, plenty of hops, great refreshing taste, yet slightly warming on the way down. Medium dry aftertaste, crisp and flavoursome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9953) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2009
Cask, Last Plantagenet, Leicester. Bronze with an off-white head. Aromas are toffee and tea with Autumn fruit and chocolate. Earthy with peppery hops. Flavours are dry and peppery with earthy pear and some sweet toffee. Some dark syrup with light grapefruit bitterness. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1978) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2009
Cask - West Gate Inn (JDW), Canterbury. Dark chestnut brown with a medium, creamy white head, leaving good, compact lacing. Subdued fruity & biscuity malt aromas and some caramel. A nice malty, fruity sweetness with a light touch of grassy bitterness in the finish. Soft carbonation and mouthfeel. In all, it seemed quite restrained. Not their best output.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Savoy, Swindon 29/10/09. Chestnut with a slight, off-white head. As others have said below, an indifferent malty bitter, with some sweetness and not much else.

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