The Botanist Reviews


Beese
The Botanist Sixty Five (65) 3.5
Cask at the Le Gothique Wandsworth Beer Festival on 29 March 2012. Poured a very dark ruby, with a rocky off white head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruit and dark malt. Grainy flavour, with brown bread and raisins. Finish was roasted malt, caramel and walnuts.
Friday, October 31, 2014

fonefan
The Botanist Q Gold 3.2

Cask (handpump) @ Botanist Brewery and Kitchen, 3-5 Kew Green, Richmond, Greater London, England TW9 3AA.

Clear medium orange yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, fruity, moderate hoppy, citrus. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a long duration, hoppy, sharp hops, zesty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20130811]

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Oakes
The Botanist Nemophila 3.7
Dark brown. Toffeeish but hoppy. Earthy and slightly berryish tartness. Good, kind of like a mild. Interesting pocket of beer exploring the gap between mild and porter.
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Oakes
The Botanist Humulus Lupulus 3.1
Orangey-brown colour. Frothy head. Quite bitter, earthy and lingering. Juicy character, refreshing with lots of hop bitterness but hardly any hop flavour.
Thursday, January 23, 2014

fonefan
The Botanist Maximus 2.5

Cask (handpump) @ Botanist, 3-5 Kew Green, Richmond, Greater London, England TW9 3AA.

Clear medium to dark red - amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, fruity, plastic. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, plastic, fruity, smoke notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20130328]

Sunday, January 19, 2014

sschwab
The Botanist Night Porter 3.5
Looks and smells like the business - A lovely dark creamy-chocolate consistency and colour with a swirling horlicks-like head. Nice smooth flavour which lacks any punch, and itís very slightly too acidic. Moderately long and pleasant finish with a good balance between nuts and chocolate. I think it could stand up to a higher ABV to give it a better taste/aroma, but itís a decent porter that could definitely stand up to a chocolate brownie.
Sunday, December 01, 2013

sschwab
The Botanist Pumpkin Ale 3
Personally I wasnít a fan of this, but itís fair to say it had a great pumpkin flavour whilst remaining light and spicy. Lovely orange appearance with minimal head. Fairly light aroma which is earthy and herby. The taste and palate were too light, and not malty enough to evoke autumn, and there was a sweetness which I feel it could have done without. Pumpkin Pie Ale would be a more appropriate title, and I think the sweetness makes it too overpowering to have more than a pint.
Sunday, December 01, 2013

sschwab
The Botanist Maximus 2.8
Tasted on cask at the Brewpub in Kew. Pours a cloudy dark, greeny red with minimum head in a schooner pint glass. Not very appealing to look at. The aroma is herby hops and woody. Both smell and taste are a bit of a mishmash of a red and pale ale - plenty of bitterness mixed with plant and herb - maybe even some vanilla on the finish. Quaffable and a smooth finish given the chaos within the glass. Curious.
Sunday, December 01, 2013

sschwab
The Botanist OK Bitter 2.9
Tasted on cask at the Kew Brewpub. Pours with a small foamy head and a deliciously dark malty colour. Smells like butter toffee, lighter than it looks. Alongside the traditional bitter malty mouthful it tastes moderately floral and olive oily - not particularly pleasant, and leaves a slightly odd aftertaste. Perfectly drinkable bitter but not one Iíd return to.
Sunday, December 01, 2013

Theydon_Bois
The Botanist Maximus 2.5
Cask at the Botanist, Kew, 15/11/13. Lightly hazed reddish amber with a good sized light beige head that retains well - a handsome looking beer. Nose is dark fruit, lightly acidic qualities, sharp apple skins, bready malt, spice. Taste comprises sharp orchard fruits, toffee apple, spicey biscuit crumble, slightly acetic. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry soured fruit finale. As per Brians review the day before there was something not quite right with this one.
Saturday, November 16, 2013

BeerViking
The Botanist Maximus 2.4
Cask at the Botanist, odd tart and vegetal-acrid nose, flavour is a not pleasant mix of acid sourness, fruity malt and sharp acrid bitterness. Something wrong, methinks. Shame, as there wonít be any more.
Thursday, November 14, 2013

BeerViking
The Botanist Pumpkin Ale 3.4
Cask at the Botanist, probably the last beer brewed here. Pours a deep honey-brown with a fine white ring, distinctive aroma of pumpkin pie filling - vegetal and spicy. Well balanced honey-malt, pumpkin and spice body, sweet yet dry, very nice.
Thursday, November 14, 2013

BeerViking
The Botanist Chocolat 2.8
Cask at the Botanist, dark reddish black with a thin crema, chocolate and old wine nose, faint tartness on the palate along with more wine and red fruit notes and a bit more choc. Dry musty and burnt-bitter finish. Rather interesting, but doesnít quite hang together somehow.
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Beese
The Botanist Q Gold 2.7
Cask at the Botanist brewpub, Kew on 7 September 2013. Poured a hazy golden colour with a thin halo of white head. Aroma of straw, floral hops and mild sulphur. Sweet flavours of white grapes and tropical fruits with some bitter grapefruit in the mix. Finishes with cereal, grass and golden syrup.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Beese
The Botanist OK Bitter 2.8
Cask at The Botanist brewpub on 7 September 2013. Poured a cloudy pale amber colour with a halo of white head. Aroma of light floral hops, ripe berries and wholemeal bread. Flavours grass, biscuit malt and caramel sweetness. Leaves with dry grain, hay and some brown sugar.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Beese
The Botanist Nemophila 3.8
Cask at The Botanist brewpub on 7 September 2013. Poured a very dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and Christmas pudding. Dark fruit flavours with assertive coffee and treacle. Lingering espresso, cocoa nibs and dates.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Beese
The Botanist Three Nine One (391) 3
Cask at The Botanist brewpub on 7 September. Poured a slightly hazy chestnut brown colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of dried fruit, orange peal and christmas cake. Nutty flavour with caramel and some spice. Finishes with light coffee, cereal and some molasses sweetness.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

berkshirejohn
The Botanist Nemophila 2.9
Cask at The Botanist, Kew. An opaque black pour with a ring of cream head; aroma of heavily roasted chocolate malt; thin and watery with a chocolate malt taste; then a dry finish with lingering coffee grounds. A rather basic stout.
Sunday, September 29, 2013

berkshirejohn
The Botanist Three Nine One (391) 3.1
Cask at The Botanist, Kew. Copper in colour with a thin cream head; aroma of sour grains; taste of sour grains too, but with a toudh of cinder toffee, and a smooth grainy body; the finish is dry with some roasted nuts and hint of spice.
Sunday, September 29, 2013

berkshirejohn
The Botanist Q Gold 3.1
Cask at The Botanist, Kew. Amber with a thin white head; honey aroma; some fresh leafy hops give an immediate nettley bitterness, but itís very sweet, so not to my taste.
Sunday, September 29, 2013

mR_fr0g
The Botanist Q Gold 2.9
Cask at the earl of Essex. Pale golden yellow. Slight haze. Thin persistent white head. Aroma is hay and sileage. Some freshly cut wet grass. Thin and light in the palate. Standard bitter.
Saturday, September 14, 2013

yespr
The Botanist Humulus Lupulus 2.5
From cask at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden orange with a fully gone head. Aroma is mild butterish, fruity too. Bitter, herbal, light fruity and mild butterish. Dry, bitterand light fruity finish.
Sunday, August 11, 2013

yespr
The Botanist OK Bitter 3
From cask at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden orange with a small whitehead. Aroma is toasted malty and herbal. Bitter, toffee malty, biscuity. Dry malty.light bitter finish. Dry and slight herbal finish.
Sunday, August 11, 2013

yespr
The Botanist Nemophila 3.5
From cask at the brewpub. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate to mild liqourice. Bitter, toffee, liqourice and dark roasted malty. Dry and roasted finish.
Sunday, August 11, 2013

yespr
The Botanist Maximus 3
From cask at the brewpub. Pours hazy orange with a small off white head. Aroma is toasted malty, light breadish. Bitter, toasted and light breadish malty. Dry and bitter finish.
Sunday, August 11, 2013

yespr
The Botanist Q Gold 3
From cask at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden orange with a small whitehead. Aroma is toasted malty and light breadish. Light fruity, mild herbal, medium dry finish.
Sunday, August 11, 2013

yespr
The Botanist Kew Green 3
From cask at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white and creamy head. Aroma is floral, fruity and berry fruity. Sweet, berry fruity. Mild estery. Medium dry, sweetfruity impression.light bitter to herbal finish.
Sunday, August 11, 2013

Beese
The Botanist Humulus Lupulus 3.7
Cask at Wandsworth London Beer Festival on 6 July 2013. Big aroma of citrus fruit, orange peal and pine. Initial fruity malt sweetness gives way to floral and light resiny hop bitterness. Lots of flavour for the ABV.
Friday, August 02, 2013

evergreen0199
The Botanist Queen Charlotte 2.9
Cask at Maidenhead Beer Festival 2013, Maidenhead FC, Berkshire. A golden coloured pour with a thin white head on top. Malty, fruity aroma. Tastes malty, hoppy, slightly yeasty. Rather bland to be honest.
Sunday, July 21, 2013

jackl
The Botanist Nemophila 2.9
Gravity @ Wandsworth Common BF 2013. The pourís brown with a small head. The nose is lactose, cream, some earthy dark chocolate and general roasted grain aromas. The taste is toasted brown bread. Mild chocolate, swiss miss mix. Burnt brown sugar, some dark fruits. Light body, fine carbonation.
Friday, July 12, 2013

HenrikSoegaard
The Botanist Maximus 3.6
Draught. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter nice flavor. Dry and woody. Heavy bitter long finish. Creamy palate. Regarding ABV and deScription at the brewery I would think this was an Irish Ale not a bitter.
Thursday, July 11, 2013

HenrikSoegaard
The Botanist Queen Charlotte 3
Draught- Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter nice flavor. Some dryness. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. Nice.
Thursday, July 11, 2013

fonefan
The Botanist Kew Green 2.6

Cask (gravity) @ The 18th Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2012, Reading, Berkshire England.

Unclear matt medium amber orange colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, wheat, bread - danish, riped fruit, moderate yeasty, riped artificial fruit. Flavor is moderate sweet and light acidic with a average to long duration, fruity, tart, sweet candy, sweet fruit, artificial. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120504]

Sunday, June 30, 2013

evergreen0199
The Botanist Maximus 3
Cask at The Botanist, Kew Green. A dark brown/red coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Slight fruity, caramel aroma. Tastes fruity, caramel, malty. Rather thin and lacking complexity.
Sunday, June 16, 2013

evergreen0199
The Botanist Nemophila 3.3
Cask at The Botanist, Kew Green. A black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Roasty, malty aroma. Tastes roasty, malty, hint of chocolate and a little dark fruit.
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Leighton
The Botanist Gone Pacific 3.6
Gravity cask at the Strongroom London Beer Fest. Pours clear gold with a modest, creamy white head. Crisp pale malt nose, some dry citrus, tangerine, lemon. Light sweet flavor with lightly dried and biscuity pale malts, light bitter straw, lemon rind. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Good condition. Lightly bitter to finish, nice citrusy hops, biscuity pale malts. A pretty classic golden.
Friday, June 07, 2013

cgarvieuk
The Botanist Humulus Lupulus 2.6
cask at the brewpub ... golden amber ... thin white head ... soft zezty musty fruits nose ... dull custardy fruits ... soft hop .... not for me at all
Saturday, April 06, 2013

cgarvieuk
The Botanist Maximus 3.3
cask at brew pub ... dark copper ... thin tan head ... soft fruits and somethiing odd in nose ... soft toffee malts ... dark berries ... soft fruit
Thursday, March 28, 2013

cgarvieuk
The Botanist Sixty Five (65) 3.7
cask at brewpub ... deep brown... thin tan lacing ... soft dark malt nose ... soft zezty berry fruits ... big berries .. soft mlats... k
Thursday, March 28, 2013

leaparsons
The Botanist Humulus Lupulus 3.4
Cask, The Salmon, Leicester. Golden brown with an off white foam. Aromas are toast and marmalade with woody, floral notes. Black tea with hints of melon and herbal aspects. Flavours are biscuit with dry tea and aniseed. Floral with spices and light roast malts. Grassy and peppery with a dry finish. Decent.
Friday, March 22, 2013

leaparsons
The Botanist OK Bitter 3.2
Cask, The Salmon, Leicester. Amber brown with an off white foam. Aromas are biscuit and toffee with spicy tea and floral notes. Melon with brown sugar. Flavours are dry tea with nutty notes and black tea. Sweet grain with toast and a light lemony finish. A decent bitter.
Friday, March 22, 2013

downender
The Botanist Humulus Lupulus 3.4
On gravity at the London Drinker beer festival 6/3/2013. Golden in colour with a lacy white head. Grapefruit and mango, some creamy malts, grassy hops and a dryish finish. Enjoyable.
Monday, March 18, 2013

JorgeLee
The Botanist Sixty Five (65) 3.5
Cask at The Lamb in Chiswick. Dark brown with a white foam. Lovely soft malty beer, good full flavour despite low alcohol strength, hint of roasty nut and caramel, decent relatively dry finish, very drinkable.
Monday, March 18, 2013

Theydon_Bois
The Botanist Q Gold 3.3
Cask at theBotanist, Kew Green - 28/02/13. Lightly hazed golden amber with a decent sized white cap that retains well. Nose is floral hops, summer fruits, grass, light chlorene notes. Taste comprises pale malts, light caramel, citrus, summer fruits, background hops. Medium bodied with fine carbonation, light hop bitterness in the finish. An adequate golden/blonde, looks and feels very good - taste and nose a little more run of the mill.
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Theydon_Bois
The Botanist Queen Charlotte 3.1
Cask at theBotanist, Kew Green - 28/02/13. Clear pale golden with a thin white head. Nose is pale malts, grain, straw, light hops, touch of spice. Taste comprises pale malts, light orange, grass, grain, light sugars, touch of caramel. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, some bitterness in the finish. Ok and drinkable but on the bland side for 5.5%! My least favourite of the 5 Botanist beers I had on cask on this visit.
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Theydon_Bois
The Botanist Humulus Lupulus 3.5
Cask at theBotanist, Kew Green - 28/02/13. Clear pale golden with a thin white head. Nose is hops, citrus, orange, grapefruit, juicy fresh tropical notes. Taste comprises hops, grapefruit, sugars, orange, citrus, pale malt, grass. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, some hop bitterness and a little sweetness in the finish. A more than decent hoppy golden blonde!
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Theydon_Bois
The Botanist Three Nine One (391) 3.2
Cask at theBotanist, Kew Green - 28/02/13. Clear chestnut brown with a thin beige head that retains well. Nose is dark fruits, figgy jammyness, spice, dark orange, toffee, light waft of chestnut. Taste comprises nuts, caramel, barley, dark fruits, ripe apples, touch of sugar. Medium bodied ith fine carbonation, mild tasting finish with a little sweetness. Ok.
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Theydon_Bois
The Botanist OK Bitter 3.3
Cask at theBotanist, Kew Green - 28/02/13. Clear golden/amber with a thin off white head that clears to the edge and leaves a film. Nose is malt forward, grain, touch of hops, biscuit, dark fruits. Taste comprises dark malt, toffee, fruits, light background hops. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, smooth drinking, some bitterness in the finish. A decent flavoursome (best) bitter - veering towards and ESB in some aspects.
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Scopey
The Botanist Three Nine One (391) 3.1
Cask at Craft Beer Rising. It pours clear brown with a small beige head. The nose is earth, wood, meat, gravy, spice, corn flour and icing sugar. The taste is earth, wood, filter coffee, spice and cacao with a particularly dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Ok.
Friday, February 22, 2013

fonefan
The Botanist Nemophila 3.3

Cask (gravity) @ The 18th Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2012, Reading, Berkshire England.

Clear dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, dark malt. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120502]

Wednesday, January 30, 2013