Ethereal (2417) - 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.
AshtonMcCobb (2375) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Guildford Arms.
Appearance - a lovely red to toffee colour nice head. Beautiful.
Nose - biscuits and spice. Some herby or pine notes too but subtle.
Taste - a more intense version of the nose.
Palate - medium bodied with a crunchy texture and a fairly elegant finish.
Overall - I like this but would classify as an ESB.
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.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint pulled at The Kings Arms in Wandsworth (London), a dark ruby brown with a frothy head and an aroma with hints of cherries. A richness in the malty flavour and a nice bitterness through the mouth, with an underlying smoothness.
BeerViking (2314) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2010 Re-rated for the 2009/10 version: Cask/handpump at the Express in Brentford. A deep red with a coarse off-white head, aromas of chocolate and dried fruit are followed by a roast malty and dry/sweet body, with a drying finish and hints of orange. Very nice, but not as satisfying as in previous years.
2008/9 version: Cask/handpump at the Old Ship in Richmond upon Thames. Dark ruby with a thin but tight beige head. The aroma is fruity with hints of plums, demerara and lemons and just a touch of yeast. Very full-bodied with a rich yet drying and almost nutty palate. Big satisfying treacle and hops aftertaste. 7/4/8/4/16
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strawberry flavour. Slightly acidic. Malty sweet finish. A nice warming brew, with a fruity touch.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Britannia, Euston Station & The Lamb, Bloomsbury. More body than the bottled version for this pleasent sweet winter warmer that gets a bit cloying in the finish
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ brewery tap: Dark ruby in colour with a lasting tan head. Sweet fruity flavour, suprisingly inoffensive. Not very warming but still quite tasty and fresh. Smooth body. Nice.
evergreen0199 (1942) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at The Rising Sun, Pimlico, London. Deep brown/ruby pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of dark fruit. Sweet, roasty, caramel, nutty, quite rich tasting. This beer is much thinner than it used to be. Still quite pleasant and warming but I remember when this beauty was brewed at Wandsworth and it really was worth looking forward too. Youngs of Bedford is now a shadow of its former self, all in the name of money, what a shame.
JonMoore (1848) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask handpump at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Dark ruby coloured with a creamy white head. Fruity aroma. Rich malty, fruity and brown sugar flavour. Full bodied. Very good.