tombyars (1556) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
cgarvieuk (19783) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cask at JDW ... copper ... creamy off white head ... soft plum nose ... bitter fruits ... light toffee malt ... little grapefruit ... decent balance.
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask in the Alfread Herring. Alround rating: Caramel pale malts, herbal and floral hop, fig and apple fruityness. A bitter.
berkshirejohn (5691) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bobinlondon (1280) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Handpulled cask at JDW Watford. Copper with an off white head. Easy drinking intergrated best bitter. Rounded if unexciting>
harrisoni (16612) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask handpull at County Hotel, JDW, Ashford. Biscuity bitter and rather drinkable. Some yeast character, but a very drinkable bitter I thought.
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
leaparsons (9505) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
sm89walt (1897) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
downender (7639) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.