maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2011 Cask conditioned - handpump - Britannia - Euston Station. A ruby-russet coloured bitter with a spices and raisins aroma. The taste is Christmassy with full malty tastes including raisins and nutmeg. A damn fine beer in its purest (cask) form. Score 4.0
Subsequent rating scored 3.2. Average becomes 3.6
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Crosse Keys, London. Red dark brown with white head. Fairly sweet with caramel flavour and hoppy. A bit thin for the strength and style.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 Cask@The Shaftesbury, Richmond, London. This was very malty and sweet and not much else. Not really wintery or warming either, just a sticky syruppy flavour, lots of toffee/caramel, some brown sugar, to sweet and not entirely interesting.
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap at Britannia, London: Dark brown color, little foamy head. Malty nose, sticky, littler bitter notes come throuhg too. Refreshing.
MiP (14656) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Cask. Nice, creamy head and palate. Dark chestnut colour. Malty and full-flavoured. Sour/bitter aftertaste.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Cask] Deep amber color with a small whiteish head. The taste is slight sweet at first but gets hoppy very fast. It finishes a sharp bitter taste.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 Dark and wholesome. Toffeeish nose. Fruity and malty throughout. Decent winter beer but not really my favoured style of beer - could do with a higher alcohol level and hop bite to temper the sweetness. Handpump, Buckingham Arms, London SW1, November 2003
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Conditioned, at The Lamb, Leadenhall, Market, London.
Dark brown, with a rich mahogany shimmer. Sweet aroma, with a sweet and bitter flavour. Full and well rounded on the palate, it certainly does warm the blood. Roasted caramel and Christmas spice become apparent towards the end. This pub is in the CAMRA good pub guide and probably has the best selection of Young’s beers of any Young’s pubs listed in London. Make sure you stop in for 10-15 rates.
fly (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another sample from my London/Oxford cask conditioned campain. One of the first of the lot that I tasted that had the character and quality I was looking for. Full bodied, roasted, the bitter leaving an ever so slightly unpleasant tannin finish.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2000
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this one on draught in a London pub. A nice typical, English winter ale, slightly dark, malty, and warming.