doubelknv3 (1049) - Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting notes from 2004 Banbury Beer festival. Amber with medium head. Fruit, hops, and woody aroma. Citrus, biscuit, mild sweet fruit, and balancing hops. Full-bodied with dry, hop finish. Nice session bitter.
downender (6880) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask-conditioned at the Knights Templar (JDW), Bristol 30/3/08. Deep amber coloured with a decent white head. Aroma of red fruit and grassy hops. Malty flavour with some citrus fruit and a touch of caramel. Good.
cgarvieuk (16998) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at JDW edinburgh ... Amber ... light sweet fruity hop ... buiscuity with a slight grapefruit hop linger .
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled as M&S Norfolk bitter - sweet and fruity. Lacking a bit of hops, but plenty of malt. Pretty good
berkshirejohn (5090) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2008 500ml bottle of M&S Norfolk Bitter. Gold with a thin white head, slightly hazy; citrus aroma with disturbing farmyard hints; soft and full-bodied with a smooth syrupy mouthfeel; rounded bitter finish. Very drinkable.
Cask at the Hope Tap (JDW), Reading. Hazy gold with a creamy white head; pear and apple flavours; dry finish. Not very inspiring.
sm89walt (1799) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 Update: 06/04/11. Cask - Kings Head Hotel, Hoveton. Really drinkable bitter with good balance on the English hops, just a touch of a toasty, sulphurous quality on the nose. Marmalade bittersweetness on the tongue.
Cask - Hog in Armour, Norwich. Pours a clear amber with a 1 finger frothy off-white head. Good caramel malt aromas with a grassy hop balance. Sweetish caramel malt flavours followed by some dry toastiness and a dry hop finish. Soft mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation and a lingering bitterness. (1/1/2010)
Initial Rating Date: 9/17/2007 - 6/3/7/3/13 (Cask - Fur & Feather, Woodbastwick)
FatPhil (10610) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2010 Draught (Pickerel Inn, Cambridge)
Amber, sparkler head. Lightly hoppy aroma. Zesty bitter taste. Pleasant sweet maltiness. Maybe emasculated by the sparkler. Hint of mushroom. (4-3-7-3-13=3.0)
Rerate: 500ml bottle (M^S) - As marks & spencers norfolk bitter
Nice nutty aroma. Fairly simple bitter taste. However, it excels in the finish - really nutty and packed with resiny bitterness (6-4-6-4-13=3.3)
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate:
Cask from JDW. Golden coloured with a reasonable head. Spicy ginger nose. Nicely balanced with a bitter finish. Reasonably enjoyable considering its comparative lack of character.
thebeertourist (5077) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy amber, big creamy white head, so far so good, but also with big chunks of sediment floating around. Nice hoppy citrus aroma. Good bitter flavours, nice fruitiness and a hint of toffee. Quite dry. Medium-bodied and smooth. Turned out quite nice.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml, bottle conditioned, bought from the brewery
Pours a clear amber with a nice malt and hops aroma. The palate is just right for this sort of ale and the taste is a good balance of malt and bitterness. Overall, a decent no-nonsense session ale but I have to say that the bottled version is a lot blander than the cask original.