berkshirejohn (4477) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at the Waterfront, Battersea at a stated ABV of 4.5% and labelled as "Jo Jolly". A mid-amber colour, sweet biscuity malt taste, with a touch of honey; and some gentle leafy hops. Pleasant enough, but not particularly Christmasy.
MissPxx (323) - - DEC 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very mild aroma. Slightly cloudy golden amber. Surprisingly honey tasting. Sweet with pleasant aftertaste.
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Leighton (10780) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The White Horse (EC2A), London. Labeled as ’Young’s White Horse Christmas Ale’ at 4.8% ABV. Pours copper-brown with a fine, creamy head. Toasty malts, some bread, berries, mild bitter leaves. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Good condition. Moderately dry to finish, with toasty bread, crunchy leaves, modest dry caramel, more berries. Decent.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Alexandra, Wimbledon, 14th Dec 2010. Branded as "The Alex Christmas Ale" and labelled as 4.8%. Light brown/coppery colour with a little magnolia head. Malty standard best bitter. Solid and unspectacular. Drinkable enough.
kwik-lime (1294) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Biscuity, somewhat dry with a hint of fruit. Decent balance, nice enough session beer but nothing special.
imdownthepub (10141) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Brown amber with sudsy head. Blimey this was a bit rough, old tired and Spooned to death. It was a mish mash of vegetable, boiled sprouts and line cleaner / detergent type notes. Yuk.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Counting house. Aroma is biscuity malts, fruity and grassy hops, some citrus/orange peel character adding depth. Taste is similar, full and noit really for session drinking, but a very nice pint all the same. No sign of spice apart from the orange peel character?
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned @ FILO Hastings. I think this is my first cask youngs beer from Bedford. No acidic twang as in the FILO beers which confirmed my suspicion it was the house character and not the condition of the beers. Malty with nuts and toffee and sulphur on the nose. Lacks distinct flavours of bottle partly due to the sulphur overiding these and mellowing it out. On the whole and fairly pleasant and quite drinkable beer,.
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The Ship in Whitstable. There’s plenty of creamy full-fat butter and seasonal fruit oozing out of this beer, which tastes like someone’s sprinkled some custard powder in it for good measure. Silky mouthfeel. Too rich to drink much of, with probably more calories than a McDonald’s QuarterPounder with extra cheese (and cheese dressing).
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not positive I’m adding this to the right place, but the picture of the tap handle looks right, and there isn’t a listing for this under Wells & Youngs. Cask, King’s Arms, Oxford. It’s listed as 4.3% abv here. Copper with a nice soapy layer of creamy white. Farmy sulfur/hay aroma, a touch of cinnamon, a wholesome bready character. Sulfur and a substantial toasty bread flavor. Good substance to the palate. A nice ESB for the most part. The sulfur in aroma and flavor hurt things a little bit for me, but still an enjoyable pint.
This tastes like a Wells beer to me. It is solid and made with good craft--I’m just not a fan of the Wells yeast character.