Pope’s Yard Reviews


evergreen0199
Pope’s Yard Creme Brulee Stout 3.7
Bottle from Craft Beer shop, Little Chalfont, Bucks. A very dark brown/black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Nice rich creme brulee, chocolate, vanilla aroma. Tastes quite rich, crème brulee, chocolate, vanilla, slightly boozy. Nice boozy stout from Pope’s Yard.
Sunday, January 17, 2016

evergreen0199
Pope’s Yard Luminaire 3
Bottle from my Dad found in a deli in Kings Langley, Herts. A hazy golden coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, citrus, passion fruit and some tropical fruit on the nose. Tastes similar, hoppy, passion fruit slightly bitter. Not really going anywhere this one.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

mR_fr0g
Pope’s Yard Luminaire 2.8
Bottle picked up at the Brewery. A mostly clear bright yellow/ golden coloured pour with a small white foam. Aroma is slightly funky pale grains, cheesy hop, hints of passion fruit and mango. Flavour is composed of light base bready malts, mango yougurt, funk, slight smoke, spicy citrus. Bit of an odd one this. Palate is medium light, moderate carbonation, slightly grainy,
Friday, December 25, 2015

evergreen0199
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild 3.4
Bottle from my Dad found in a deli in Kings Langley, Herts. A dark ruby brown coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Roasty, malty, caramel, dark fruit. Tastes similar, slightly roasty, malty, dark fruit, caramel, slightly sweet.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

evergreen0199
Pope’s Yard Lapsang Souchong Porter 3.7
Bottle from my Dad found in a deli in Kings Langley, Herts. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Smokey, boozy, peat, tea aroma. Tastes similar, smokey, peat, tea, hint of chocolate. Really unusual, I liked this one.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

evergreen0199
Pope’s Yard Quartermaster 3.2
Bottle from a friend in Hertfordshire. A hazy amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, citrus fruit aroma. Tastes slightly hoppy, citrus fruit, slight caramel.
Saturday, December 05, 2015

evergreen0199
Pope’s Yard Stout Stout 3.4
Cask at Little Chalfont beer shop, Little Chalfont, Bucks. A black coloured pour with no head whatsoever. Roasty, dark fruit aroma. Tastes slightly roasty, dark fruit, slightly sweet and boozy. Not bad but could do with more complexity.
Saturday, December 05, 2015

mR_fr0g
Pope’s Yard Uncle Rex 3
Cask gravity at the Watford beer festival 2015. A pale golden coloured pour with a loose lasting off white head. Light haze. Aroma is light bready grains, crusty bread, light gras and hedgerow hop, leafy. Flavour is composed of slight chalk, mineral, rustic pale grains, Berry, and grass. Palate is light and dry and chalky, lowish carbonation. Slightly powdery. Little gooseberry in the finish.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

mR_fr0g
Pope’s Yard Creme Brulee Stout 3.7
Cask gravity at the Watford beer festival 2015. Opaque black coloured pour with reddy hues and a lasting cream mid tan head. Aroma is earthy cocoa, woody, light tangy fruits, dark choc and some alcohol presence. Flavour is composed of milky choc, smooth black Malts and notes of toasted coconut. Lactose sugars and light tangy Berry fruits in the finish. Palate is rich and full, creamy in the mouth. Very tasty. The vanilla is noticeable but very well balanced.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

Svesse
Pope’s Yard Keeping Porter 3.7
(Cask at In De Wildeman, Amsterdam, 29 Aug 2015) Black colour with brief, foamy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with funky brett, soy sauce, liquorice, oak wood and a touch of vinegar. Malty, roasted taste with notes of coffee, oak wood, brett, vinegar, a touch of whisky, liquorice and a finish with a mild bitterness and a generous sourness. Full body, with a touch of sweetness. Strong brett character, quite sour. Really odd, and something of an acquired taste. But a nice one.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

mt_hall
Pope’s Yard Lump Hammer 3.8
Bottled. Very dark brown/black with a small light brown head. Lovely aromas of chocolate, cherry, and port. A sweet, smooth, chocolatey, but slightly thin start, then a dry, smoky, surprisingly strong finish. Good, but not quite enough body.
Thursday, September 03, 2015

mR_fr0g
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild 3.1
Bottle shared at the Tropical Croydonia tasting. 01/07/2015. From Kris Wines? Cola coloured pour with a thin small creamy head. Aroma is old malts, little woody,alcohol and jammy fruits. Flavour is composed of nutty.malts, slight wood, bit staling, cold, solvent. Palate is moderate airy carbonation, semi sweet. Lingering alcohol. Meh.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Benzai
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild (Brett Whisky Cask) 3.6
Sampled @ Carnivale Brettanomyces. Dark brown to black color, no head. Aroma is malts, liquorice, some vanilla, sweetish. Taste lightly malts, vanilla, sweetish again, wood, liquorice. Decent body and carbonation.
Sunday, August 02, 2015

mt_hall
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild 3.8
Bottled. Pours a very dark brown with no head. A vinous aroma including chocolate and dried fruit. Smooth chocolately/cola flavours with a sweet start and a dry, smoky finish. Good.
Sunday, July 26, 2015

mt_hall
Pope’s Yard Galaxian IPA 3.8
Bottled. Gold/amber colour with a slight haze and a smallish white head. Warm aroma dominated by pine resin. Thick and warm in the mouth, with pine resin flavours and an extremely dry, bitter finish. Pretty good.
Sunday, July 26, 2015

mt_hall
Pope’s Yard Quartermaster 3.4
Bottled. A hazy, dark copper / ruby colour. Lively carbonation at first, which soon settled leaving a minimal light brown head. Apple dominates the aroma and is evident in the mouth too. There’s sweetness at the start, with hints of toffee and sherbet, but a bitter finish. Well balanced, other than a slight tartness. Not bad.
Sunday, July 26, 2015

androman
Pope’s Yard Keeping Porter 3.3
On tap at In De Wildeman, Amsterdam. Body is pitch black, head is flat, no lacing. Nose is sourish roasty, flavor is red wine, salty whiskey, light smoky, wild yeast, rotten wood, leather. Heavy sweet, medium roasty bitter, heavy sour. Finish is long lasting roasty bitter-sour, medium alcohol warmth. Full body, oily texture, nearly flat carbonation. Very heavy sour toasty dessert beer, rather wine, very interesting but very difficult to drink.
Friday, July 24, 2015

Borresteijn
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild (Brett Whisky Cask) 3
Cask at In de Wildeman, without the Brett addition in the title. Dark brown colour, no head. Aroma of liquorice, laurel, tiny hint of whisky. Flavour is sweet, cloying, liquorice, dropwater, not much else. Sticky, medium bodied. not great tbh.
Sunday, July 12, 2015

The_Osprey
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild 3.4
Bottle share at Paul’s 35°C tasting. Thanks to Fergus. BB Oct 2015, 6.8%. Cola brown, sparkling, decent dense foamy tan head. Aroma is twiggy, cola, resin, papery. Body is medium to light, tingly carbonation, foamy. Taste is soft ash, liquorice stick, dry with some earthy hops. Better than I expected.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Theydon_Bois
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild 3.4
Bottle split at the Tropical Croydonia tasting on melt day, thanks to Ferris, 01/07/15. Mahogany brown with a well appointed beige covering. Nose is toffee, nutty, brown bread, light yeast, dark fruit rinds. Taste comprises fruit cake, toffee, dark malt, light spice trace, hint of almond, vanilla. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close. Decent strong mild.
Saturday, July 04, 2015

Scopey
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild 3.3
Bottle thanks to Fergus at the Tropical Croydonia tasting. It pours deep red-brown with a thick, frothy light tan head. The nose is sweet roasty action, plenty of berry, sticky preserved fruits, plum, prune and date. The taste is bitter-sweet, Dandelion & Burdock, boozy boost, sweet roast, toffee, loads of dark fruit, plum, date, toasty sugars and alcohol warmth on the finish. Medium body and high, foamy carboantion. A bit foamy on the mouth-feel, but pretty alright anyhow.
Friday, July 03, 2015

MarcoDL
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild (Brett Whisky Cask) 3.7
Draft @ Brett Fest 2015. Dark pour. Aroma of whisky booze and red fruit. Taste has red fruit, malt, whisky and some roast. Neat.
Friday, July 03, 2015

madmitch76
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild 3.3
1st July 2015
Tropical Croydonia Bottle Share. Thanks to Fergus. Almost clear amber - brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is fairly smooth with mild fine carbonation. Caramel malts, slightly twangy. A trace of something marmite like. Finishes semi dry with spicy bitterness. All right.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Leighton
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild 3.2
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Fergus. Pours clear brown with a frothy beige head. The nose has burnt toast, light solvent, earth, faint cocoa. Light to medium sweet flavor with so,e milk chocolate, dried berries, earthy hops, more toast. Light bodied with lively, velvety carbonation. Decent balance on the finish, some bittersweet cocoa, mild ash, more earth. Fine overall.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

jackl
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild 3.3
Bottle in croydonia. Deep brown with a small head. Nose of roasted malts, toffee coffee ice cream. Some tart cranberry and coca cola. Taste is almost meaty, substantial. Shag tobacco. Cherry and caramel. Medium body, soft. Nice.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

77ships
Pope’s Yard Keeping Porter 3.7
Sampled cask @ In De Wildeman during Carnivale Brettanomyces #4. 2013 Vintage. Dark brown, black with zero head. Nose is hugely vinous, coffee, red wine, sour oak,.. Taste is odd, too heavy on glue with far more pleasant aspects of vinous liquorish, cold coffee, oddly bozzy, roasted malt,.. Flat,.. Quite an interesting old style UK beer,… Interesting & fun but the glue taste etc. takes it down a bit. It would have probably benefited from some carbonation. (Thanks for sharing Benzai, Ceasar, tlahav,…. )
Monday, June 29, 2015

77ships
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild (Brett Whisky Cask) 3.8
Sampled cask @ In De Wildeman during Carnivale Brettanomyces #4. Black, mocha hued with zero head. Nose is strongly vinous, coffee, malty, puckering & thinned out, quite sour,… Taste is liquorish, cold coffee, chicory, strong vinous, lightly ashy, this is quite vinous to me, not getting any whisky, light roast, oak,… Completely flat,… Quite an interesting old style UK beer,… Very thinned out, vinous, big on coffee, liquorish, flat,… Might have benefited a bit maybe from some carbonation. (Thanks for sharing Benzai, Ceasar, tlahav,…. )
Monday, June 29, 2015

bierkoning
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild (Brett Whisky Cask) 3.6
Cask @ IndeWildeman. Dark brown color, caramel. Hint of roast. Almost no carbon. Soft roast and caramel aroma. Whiky vaguely noticed, coming up in the aftertaste. Really good!
Sunday, June 28, 2015

caesar
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild (Brett Whisky Cask) 3.7
Cask @ In de Wildeman at Carnivale 2015, small sample. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma of some roast, coffee, slight smooth vanilla and oak wood. Soft sweetness in taste, slight malty bitterness. Barrel works pretty good here, not much funk yet. Decent balance. Nice stuff.
Sunday, June 28, 2015

kermis
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild (Brett Whisky Cask) 3.1
Draft at In De Wildeman. Pours brown with no head. Aroma of caramel, whiskey, wood, toffee and malt. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with near flat carbonation.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Scotty001
Pope’s Yard Strong Dark Mild (Brett Whisky Cask) 3.4
Cask. Cola dark, no head. Aroma of chocolate, musty berries, toasted malt. Medium body, flavour much as the aroma.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

fonefan
Pope’s Yard Whisky Cask Dark Ale 3.7

Bottle 330ml. - [ during RBESG14 ],

[ As Popes Yard Whisky Cask Dark Ale ].
Clear dark brown color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, chocolate, dark malt, whisky, wood, prunes, light roasted. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter with a long duration, chocolate, wood, sweet fruit - prunes, alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft - fizzy. [20140807]

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

ClubGonzo
Pope’s Yard Keeping Porter 4.1
Bottle from Utobeer, London. Pours a jet black body with a medium short-lived, fizzy off-white head. Nose is highly interesting indeed: farmyard funky brett tones, tart berries, leather, salty licorice, dates and hints of hay and dark chocolate. Taste is bretty stable notes, hay, licorice, leather, soy sauce and hints of tart berries, chocolate and nuts. Medium body, high carbonation. Truly an original beer; this makes a whole meal come together in one sip: tartness, funkiness, salt and dark sweet tastes. I like it a lot, but I guess this is one crowd-splitting creation, bold as it is.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Martinus
Pope’s Yard Whisky Cask Dark Ale 3.6
Black colour, off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, malts, only a hint of whisky. Caramel flavour, malts, whisky, light wood, light vanilla. Finish vanilla, whisky cask, caramel and malts.
(from 33cL bottle @ RBESG, London 2014. Thanks for sharing, madmitch76!)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Theydon_Bois
Pope’s Yard Oddjob 3.2
Bottle split at LKS ’Beers of London’ Tasting, high up, thanks to Fergus 10/12/14. Rich chestnut brown with moderate beige spotting and edgework. Nose is nutty, toffee, biscuit, light cocoa. Taste comprises toffee, spice, chocolate biscuit, lactic notes, red berry pangs. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close. Ok porter.
Sunday, January 11, 2015

madmitch76
Pope’s Yard Oddjob 3.4
10th December 2014
Tasting at Leighton’s Flat. Thanks to Fergus. Almost opaque deep amber - brown beer, good pale tan head. Airy palate, decent fine carbonation. Mild dark malts. A distinct bramble fruity thing going on. Fairly tangy. Light dry finish. Pleasant.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Scopey
Pope’s Yard Oddjob 3.1
Bottle thanks to Fergus. It pours deep brown with a thick tan head. The nose is toasty, cocoa, dark fruits, jammy, dark chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is tart berry, roasted malt, earth, coffee, sour and some acidity with a dry, fruity finish. Medium body, high carbonation and foamy mouth-full. A touch of infection kicking in perhaps. OK.
Sunday, December 14, 2014

mR_fr0g
Pope’s Yard Oddjob 3.3
Bottle shared at Leightons pre Christmas tasting. Chestnut brown / reddy coloured pour with a lasting cream / grey coloured head. Aroma is nutty choc malts with a little berry and bramble fruits. Some powdered choc on the nose as well. Flavour is composed of tart berry fruit, cherry, slight infection. Spritz carbonation, a little sour, little chalky, . Attacks the tongue a little bit. Lingering choc powder and berry fruits. Good job we had this one fairly fresh, in a couple of months it will be undrinkable.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Leighton
Pope’s Yard Oddjob 3.1
Bottle shared in London. Thanks to Fergus. Pours red-brown with a large, frothy beige head. The nose holds well toasted bread, hints of berries and dirt. Light sweet flavor, a little tangy, some beat leather, tart berries, earth. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Moderate roast on the finish with sturdy tart blackberries, more earth, more leather. Perhaps a little infection is taking hold here.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Beese
Pope’s Yard Whisky Cask Dark Ale 2.3
Cask gravity at the Watford Beer Festival 2012. Poured a dark brown, with a dense off white head. Aroma of oak, insipid sweetness and cooked fruit. Bready malt flavour, with some vey sweet whisky notes and light liquorice. Finish was copper, grain and molasses.
Monday, December 01, 2014

Beese
Pope’s Yard Quartermaster 2.7
Cask gravity at the Watford Beer Festival 2014. Poured a hazy amber, with a scummy white head. Aroma was light, with some berries and caramel. Toffee flavours, with bread and straw. Finish was grassy hop, treacle and boiled sweets.
Saturday, November 29, 2014

Beese
Pope’s Yard Galaxian IPA 2.8
Cask gravity at the Watford Beer Festival 2014. Poured a cloudy yellow, with a scummy white head. Aroma of lemon, chalk and melon. Mango in the flavour, with some hay and citrus. Finish was peal, esters and grass.
Saturday, November 29, 2014

pricey290483
Pope’s Yard Galaxian IPA 3.5
bottle from kris wines in Camden. a very good beer quite carbonated but a very very nice beer great tropical fruit taste going on a nice bitter taste throughout the beer great dry bitter taste on the finish would love to have more of this beer
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

evergreen0199
Pope’s Yard Galaxian IPA 3.3
Cask at Watford Beer Festival, Watford, Herts. A hazy golden/amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, ripe musty tropical fruit aroma. Tastes quite rich, hoppy, tropical fruit, slightly malty. Not bad.
Sunday, November 16, 2014

mR_fr0g
Pope’s Yard Quartermaster 2.9
Cask gravity at the Watford beer fest 2014. Orange coloured pour with a medium haze and a halo of white head. Aroma is woody bit staling, cardboard. Light citrus on the nose. Flavour is fruity lemon, grainy cereal, some wheat and grassy rough round the edges hop. Little bit phenolic. Palate is grainy, sweetish, moderate carb. Bit stale.
Thursday, November 06, 2014

Beese
Pope’s Yard XPA 2.2
Cask at The Watford Beer Festival 2012 (titled ’Just Goldings Pale Ale’, which I believe is the same beer). Poured a cloudy amber, with tiny amount of white head. Aroma of grapes, apples and straw. Some watery fruit in the flavour, with grass and lemon. Copper in the finish with dough and wheat.
Friday, October 24, 2014

AndySnow
Pope’s Yard Whisky Cask Dark Ale 3.4
How: Bottle.
Where: Shared during RBESG 14.
Appearance: Black colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, dried fruit, a bit artificial.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, fruit, alcohol, plum, malt.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

bierkoning
Pope’s Yard Keeping Porter 4.3
Cask @ Carnivale Brettanomyces 2014. Almost black. Roast, coffee, lots of caramel. Buis,man. Soft sour roast flavor. Buisman, caramel, leathery notes. Malty sweet. Toffee. Amazing complexity. Sharp sourish aftertaste. Well hidden alcohol Cask @ Carnivale Brettanomyces 2015, 2 years old. Dark brown color. Matured fruit in the aroma and flavor. Roasty soft bretty notes. Vinous with a hint of salt. Very low on carbon. Full bodied, sweet, toffee, very well rounded, immense complexity.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Benzai
Pope’s Yard Whisky Cask Dark Ale 3.6
Bottle shared by Madmitch. Black color, average sized beige to light brown head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, dark fruits, plums, slightly raisins though it’s a bit more sweet imo than normally I get with raisins. Taste malts, dark fruits, plums, slightly alcohol. Medium body and carbonation.
Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ferris
Pope’s Yard Whisky Cask Dark Ale 3.5
Bottle - Boozy bourbon, chocolate and dark malts. Dirty dark brown with a brown head. Dark malts and sugars, boozy heat, barrel notes and a long finish. Bourbon and heat overwhelms.
Thursday, August 07, 2014