Graham77 (205) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask. Pours with a dark amber colour with a smooth creamy head. Taste is malt dominated and very smooth. Head retains well and laces well. Very nice ale.
SarkyNorthener (1414) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask@moonunderwater, Wolverhampton. Amber beer with medium sized head. Malty aroma. Taste is malts, grain and hops. Bog standard, not special at all. A disapointment.
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask in calthorpe arms
Pale amber with slight butterscotch on nose. Light biscuit malt and fairly full mouthfeel. Sweet with lightly bitter finish.
Theydon_Bois (6994) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Coach & Horses, Kew Green - 24/11/12 (In memory of Simon Owen - RIP).
Clear dark amber with a very thin off white head that soon clears to the edges and forms a small film.
Nose is dark malts, dried fruits.
Tastes of prunes, dark fruit flavours, dates, dark sugars, toffee, bread.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter fruity finish.
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ The Britannia. The pour’s medium amber with a small white head. It’s pretty much textbook in appearance. The nose is sweet biscuit, a bit of caramel, toasted leaf, mild grain. The taste is more toasted leaf hoppiness, brown bread, crystal malt caramel, light grain, soft bitterness on the finish. Slightly earthy. Soft, medium body. Overall, this is an old school bitter done well. Nice.
nickhsw19 (2) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I lived in Wandsworth for a few years in the early 1980s so this was the regular beer of choice.
More recently, I frequented both The Ram in Hammersmith and The One Tun in Goodge Street.
While the beer is fine in both establishments, in the former theres an unfortunate tendency for ’No Special’ and often ’No (Youngs) Bitter’ either.
The One Tun still manages to sell the range, but something I’ve noticed since the Wells merger is that while the beer is more consistent, its nowhere near as good.
dogbomb (862) - ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask. Reddish bronze clear ale with a healthy light cream head. Spicy grassy nose with a touch of malt. Much mature in the mouth, with more spiciness and a sold bitter hop. A solid "drinkers" bitter.
goozen (2724) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at GBBF’12, London: Clear amber coloured brew with an slighlty biscuit-like taste and slightly hints of citrus.
Bretwalda (6) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Half a pint of Special topped off with a bottle of Ram Rod. Honestly I could drink this till the sheep come home!
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand pulled pint in The Marquis of Anglesey, a Young’s pub near Covent Garden, London: Oct 2011.
Young’s glass, a sleeve: mid-range amber body, white clinging head, typical UK looking bitter: nothing wrong, nothing outstanding.
The smell was a mix of biscuity toasted malts and the influence of Fuggles hops.
The taste was a good blend of Britsh ingrediants: Fuggles and Goldings being the hop elemnet, Maris Otter and Crystal malts the other main players.
The mouthfeel is almost smooth, but some grainy hints prevent that happening, it is after all a bitter and shouldn’t be too soft on the palate.
Middle of the road beer for me, nothing ’Special’ about it.