iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My usual choice at pubs while in London. Hand pulled. Amber colour with a thin white head. Malty aroma with a touch of caramel. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice malt taste and hop bitterness to finish.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint poured at The Half Moon in Putney, clear straw colour with a thin head. Aroma is of bitter hops with hints of berry. Unfortunately, that berry doesn’t carry through to the flavour, but the bitterness comes through on the palate. A little watery, but makes for a good session beer (which it is for me, being one of the more regularly available cask ales around London).
jhliesen (608) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2005 Cask on a handpump--Ah, my first cask ale in England. Enjoyed at a first stop on a London pub tour. No head to speak of with a light amber color. Was a bit thin.
BuckNaked (1231) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask conditioned at NERAX 4/30/2005: Copper colored, mostly clear, small white head. Aroma is dull earthy hops, diacetyl, light fruit. Light-medium bodied, near flat. Taste is quality malt, mild diacetyl, very mild hops, and some light fruit hidden in there somewhere.
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask NERAX ’04: Amber with a small fizzy head. Dull hops and light malts in the nose, watery yet full texture, ends slightly bitter.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Cask conditioned at NERAX 4/27/2005
Copper-amber color, small, lingering white head. Aroma of musty yeast, some butter and old fruit. Creamy malt, diacetyl, but yet a good medium body, no carbonation. No hops apparency.
hughie (3994) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2005
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 At Lord’s Cricket Ground. Pleasant without being inspiring, a bit like watching the cricket. I’ll have the London Pride next time I go.
4.8.06 Cask at the Red Cow, Chrishall, Essex. Malty aroma and sweet malty taste. Slight bitter finish. Wouldn’t go any higher with the rating.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I agree with Joeh, good session, depending. The low alcohol is nice for having a couple with lunch and not worrying about the effects, I guess that’s the point. Served room temp and fairly flat. Not too much malt back bone, but not bad. Went well with pub fish and chips.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at several pubs. Fairly thin malty bitter that is pleasent on a session depending on the cask’s condition.
Lubiere (8243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Stanhope Arms, Gloucester Road, where they claim: -Best fish and chips in town-! My eye! Dark golden ale with a thin off-white head and a smooth caramel aroma. Good barley sugar in mouth, with nice woody notes and light hops in finish. Very dry yet smooth. Medium bodied.