BlackHaddock (3159) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another beer I hadn’t seen for a while: half-pint, hand-pulled in The Kings Arms, Oxford on 23rd Nov 13.
Pours a clear mid-amber with a beige like foam on top. Toasted malt and hedgerow berry aroma. Semi-sweet taste with subtle caramel maltiness, those berries again and hints of spices. Not as rich or heavy as I remember it ’back in the day’ when it was brewed in London. Glad we found each other again, even if we don’t really remember each other too well.
Pyrmir (2651) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Abbey Tavern, London. Hazy copper color with coarse white head. Aroma malty; soap, flowers and grass. Taste is soapy and malty, roasted and lightly burned.
wimpyjoe (2646) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ruby coloured ale with a nice creamy head. Plenty of winter fruitiness in both aroma and taste, somewhat dry in the latter aspect.
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Caramel candy finish to a watery, licorice and coffee flavored beer. Clear amber brown with a small head. Too much caramel.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Nov 07 Cask conditioned @ Humble Plumb, Soton. Ruby colour. Fairly thin with sweet bready malt. From memory seems a touch lighter, a bit thinner and more one-dimensional than I remember the Youngs version being. 2.3
Feb 05 Gravity cask @ Hants Bowman, Dundridge. Deep colour. Creamy malty body but somewhat anodyne and doesnt fulfill the promise of dark malty delights the colour promised (expectation was also raised by reading Martyn Cornell’s excellent ’The Story of the Pint’ in which he describes this beer as the last remnant of the original burton style of beer). 2.9
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Handpump at the brewery. Dark, ruddy brown color with a good head. Dry, light chocolate, nutty, and toasty malt aroma. Just a hint of roasted malt. Nutty and toasty flavor. Medium-light body. No hop character. A pretty boring brown ale.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - 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.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Queen Adelaide, Wandsworth. Deep ruby colour with an off-white head. Aroma of malt and molassess. Well-balanced flavour - caramel malts, berries and fruity hops. Full bodied but with the alcohol content completely concealed. A good winter ale.
Beersiveknown (2383) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark bown and fairly flat. Tastes and smells ok so no point returning it. Molasses, white bread and caramel malt. Low carbonation, sweet, thick mouthfeel, slight cardboard, no bitterness, light redcurrants.
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.