slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"this is a slightly dark, medium bodied, and well balanced ale. it won’t do anything that makes you stand up and take notice, but it’s pretty solid if not extraordinary."
Simmo (14) - - OCT 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma of hops in the bottle and glass. Pours a wonderful golden colour in the glass with a frothy cream head that lasts reasonable well. Good lacing. Feels lively in the mouth, very easy to drink. Very tasty flavour of hops, fruit and a spicy aftertaste. A great beer that packs a punch with a high alcohol concentration!
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle served in an English pint glass.
A: Pours a dark orange to amber color. Clear. Forms a medium bubbled and aired white to yellow color. Many lacing are formed and left in the glass
S: Sweet grains. Toffee and caramel malts. Flowery citrus hops. Bready and fruity Ale yeasts
T: Slightly sweet malts. A bit fruity too. Toffee, caramel malts, grapes, brown bread. A little bit metallic. End is hoppy and bitter. Not extremely, just as a good ESB should be :)
M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Grainy and bitter aftertaste. Great balance
O: Excellent drinkability. Great British ale. Recommended
[ BA Review @ 11/28/2012 ]
Alengrin (2087) - BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apparently originally made by the brewer for his wife of Belgian descent... Cloudy ochre blonde colour, soft malty character with delicate fruitiness and sharpish, ’green’ hop bitterness in the finish (dry-hopping), long-lasting and almost IPA-like. Deservedly a prize winner.
nakedwhendrunk (2197) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks for the bottle, Ben.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a semi-dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing came across in a speckled way.
The smell was a bit grainy with a light milk chocolate and then a slightly herbal quality coming in.
The taste was pretty much the same.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable quality about it.
Overall, decent English Strong Ale, I think I could see myself having again, maybe in an English pub.
MichaelAwesome (4314) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had that one lots of years ago when I visited London for the first time. Well, yesterday I had it once again with McTapps and it is and was a classy piwo. Hops and caramel, bit chocolate, some malt and grains. Very living, very drinkable piwo with a slightly sweety finish. Maybe the king of english bottled beers when rate those which are not that citrus hop minded. Thumbs up. High with them.
McTapps (4330) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought at Sainsburys in Folkestone. Pours out in a deep golden colour with low head and medium body. Aroma of fresh hops, barley and cake. Taste of fresh hops, light malt, cake, biscuits, flowers, pine and spruce. Finishes off with herbal-smooth hints. Nice one to enjoy.
Fredxyz (19) - BRAZIL - AUG 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cor forte. Sabor forte, maltado e muito lúpulo. Esqueci de seguir a recomendação da garrafa de servir devagar deixando os sedimentos. Tenho que conseguir outra garrafa!
lobs_ols (99) - LATVIA - AUG 11, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark gold, strong white head. Hardly any aroma, oddly enough- maybe some sweet notes. Maybe I’m doing it wrong. Taste - balanced bitterness, very refreshing somehow. I like this, though I struggle to describe it.
jjsint (831) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the White Horse, London. Mid-gold, very little head. Doesn’t seem to be overly carbonated. Good. Muted citrus/grain aroma with an almost hefe-like clove, pleasing enough but nothing all that special. The taste is sticky sweet like honey with a bit of tempering bitterness. A classic balance, they’ve nailed it. This is nice, but a bit too ordinary to get mega-excited about. In one word: solid.