ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Flying Saucer, Raliegh NC.. Nothing exceptional stands out but a nice drinkable beer. Mild malt, bitter finish. and thin mouth feel.
SilkTork (5067) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2005
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 5% abv Feb, 2004: White Cliffs Winter Ales Fest. Gravity. Average. Strong in aroma and flavour, but average in quality. [2.9]
4.5% abv Feb, 2009 Who’d Ha’ Thought It, Rochester One of my favourite locals, and I’m here to meet up with an old friend, so we’re in for a session, and all he has on is Abbott, Speckled Hen and Hobgoblin - all 4.5% or higher. I elect to go for the Hobgoblin even though I enjoy the other two beers, because i have fond memories of Hobgoblin drunk in the old Hobgoblin pubs, and also because I don’t often see it in the cask. I gave it a good go, but three pints later i switched to the Hen. This lacks hops, and the malt is neither clean nor malty enough - it’s a dreary mess really - heavy, with a vague, banana and dark fruit flavour in a brown splodge. And this beer is reasonably fresh because I was in here yesterday and he didn’t have the Hobgoblin on. [2.6]
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Goat Hill Tavern, Costa Mesa CA. Brown with a smallish head, faint malty aroma. Although a drinkable, mostly malt brew, not really much going on for this other than being rare to find on draught in So Cal.
maeib (8275) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Cask conditioned - no sparkler. Aroma is of fruity blackberries, the colour is a deep reddy brown, no head. The beer is a bit thin in the mouth for its strength, but has a good sweet berry fruit aftertaste.Score 3.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.7, 3.4 and 3.0. Average becomes 3.4
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Dark brown color with a small white head. Weak malty aroma and a bitter sweet taste. Medium body and a bitter sweet finish.
MiP (12987) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask. Dark chestnut brown colour. Very mild flavour, hint of tea. A bit malty and sourish in the finish. Not a great beer in my opinion.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask @ Oxford Beer Festival, UK Backlog 23 Oct 2004
At 5%. Decent but not more. A bit harsh. Tried it many times through the years, but its not my cup of...pint.
larsniclas (5287) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 Cask at The Rover, Gothenburg
Redbrown with almost no aroma at all.
A bit thin, but soft and smooth.
Flavour from chocolate and some prune.
imdownthepub (9443) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask Conditioned, Red Lion, Cropredy. Dark Red brown colour, thin head. Strong on roased Malt with some bitterness but it is the full fruity nut and smoky flavour that pulls it through. Apologies to all that have to drink the pasteurised bottled version which has little of the character left.