hughie (3994) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Bankers Draft (JDW), Bedford, in ’Spoons Beer Festival ’10. Dark amber with a small white head. Pleasant malty aroma and taste. Bit of leather and apple there too. Mid bitter finish. Easy drinking for a strong ale: it was going down very well amongst my fellow topers. Acceptable autumnal beer that never quite escapes banality.
tombyars (1204) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted this strong ale in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in November 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear copper red in colour with a thick buff coloured head. Poor lacing though and a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Clear aroma of warm bread dough and a slight prickle of hop flowers. Robust pale malts deliver a fiery maltloaf base with woody oak overtones. Vague and short lived fruit notes of red apples and black grapes. Bitter hop resins are there with a dusty earthy flavour but never overwhelm the malt signature. Finish is increasingly dry, vinous and woody with liquorice notes evident. Reminded me slightly of Ruddles County of old. This is an easy strong ale to drink too quickly, so beware the strength is all too evident the following morning. Well recommended.
SeanMacGC (331) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned. Pours dark amber, with minimal head. Sweet malts and caramel aroma, and that with mild fruits on the palate, and some fragrant hops. Decent real-ale.
jandd1983 (1566) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampler at the W&C in Ballwin, Mo. It poured a golden amber color with a white head. The aroma was of apricot and a light grainy malt flavor with some fruit. This was a very decent Goblin.
wimpyjoe (1667) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A strong tasting ale which doesn’t negate any of the great flavour this ale has.
RichTheVillan (828) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Retro review from Spring 2012 Wetherspoons Beer festival; reddy brown colour, silky moutfeel, burnt malts, dried fruit, slight bitterness
leaparsons (7069) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, Highcross, Leicester. Copper coloured with a thin foam. Aromas are dark treacle with vinous notes and light roast malts. Winter berries with woody, earthy hops and peppery alcohol. Flavours are sweet treacle and molasses with Vimto fruitiness. Very toasted with quite a heavy bitterness. Warming alcohol with whisky notes. OK.
cgarvieuk (10933) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
cask at standing order ... dark copper ... thin tan head ... soft toffee roast ... light malt nose ... dull musty toffee malt ... light soft hop ... dull
imdownthepub (8470) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Hazy copper to brown with slight head. There has to be something wrong with the distribution as we are still getting the odd Festival beer. This had a slight burnt treacle note in a caramel led body, there is a slight tinny note and a hint of fustiness. Malty to the end. Not great.
DruncanVeasey (6101) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The Felix Holt, Nuneaton. With 10+ festival beers on at the 2 Nuneaton Spoons and not a scoop in sight, I finally cracked and ordered a half of this- I’ve been avoiding it since the day 1 of the festival. Bronze with nitro cream drapes. Remote straw and toffee aroma. Almond-sodden mush with the mineral softness you’d expect from Wychstons; hints of straw and apple peel, some bittering in the finish with a bready, creamy after note. Nothing whatsoever for me here, time to hit The Crown..