Cottage Reviews

Cottage Duchess 2.9
Tried at the three horseshoes, Waddington. Copper colour with a white head. Malty grain and caramel aroma and taste. Light body.
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Cottage Full Steam Ahead 3.3
Cask @ Britons Protection, Manchester. Golden with a small creamy head. Has some light but tasty enough chocolate malts in both aroma and taste.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Cottage Johnsons Single Bitter 3
Cask @ Horse & Trumpet, Leeds. Slightly hazed amber with a creamy head. Has a stewed fruity nose, with a less stated taste that includes some grain that’s flavoursome.
Saturday, January 02, 2016

Cottage Darth Malt 3.3
Cask @ Dirty Dicks, Halifax. Clear brown colour with a creamy head. Has a tasty grainy and chocolate flavoured mix with the latter more stated in its nose. Quite crisp.
Friday, January 01, 2016

Cottage Polar Express 2.8
Cask @ Horse & Trumpet, Leeds. Golden with a creamy head. Crisp tasting with a hop-malt balance, although not overly exciting. There’s a berry-sweetness in its nose.
Friday, January 01, 2016

Cottage Scrooged 3.3
Cask at the Northumberland Arms, Brentford. Dark gold with a thin head, orange and apple nose, smooth caramel and fruity malt, lightly spiced. Good stuff.
Friday, January 01, 2016

Cottage Midnight Porter 2.5
Tried at the Theoc, Tewkesbury. Murky brown colour with a thin beige head. Aroma is sharp and slight fruit. Taste is light acidic.
Monday, December 14, 2015

Cottage Rocket Ale 3
Cask at the White Lion, Aldershot. Golden amber with a loose cream head; light grassy hop aroma; sweet with soft malts and a light herbal bitterness, giving a drier finish. An innocuous old-fashioned bitter, a typical Cottage beer.
Monday, December 14, 2015

Cottage DB4 3.1
Håndpumpet på King’s Arms (Waterloo), før konsert i Festival Hall: klar mahognyfarge med ok skum. Karamell og overmodne jordbær, silkemyk. So smooth and tasty.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Cottage Christmas Porter 3.1
Cask at the Allied Arms - Reading. Pours clear brown with a frothy their head. The nose holds toasted bread, a bit of tangy and ripe berries, earth. Light-medium sweet flavour with further toasted town bread, tangy berries, plum, earth, burnt leaves, faint toffee, a hint of rubber. Light in body with fine carbonation. Finishes with prominent tangy semi-dark fruits, berries, leaves, dry toast. So so overall.
Friday, December 11, 2015

Cottage Rocket Ale 3
Cask at Victoria Lounge Bar, Hanley. Pours mid brown with an off white head. Quite a malty bitter, some sweetness, bitter finish. OK for it’s type.
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cottage Golden Arrow 2.8
Cask at Abbey Inn, Leek. Pours golden with a white head. Quite a sweet malty bitter. Not great.
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Cottage Merchant Navy 2.8
Cask at The Leopard, Burslem. A clear brown colour with a thin off white head. Aroma of red berries, raisin, slight treacle and subtle nuts. Taste of red berries, raisin, some chocolate, slight biscuit, subtle treacle, a little apple and nuts. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A dry, appley, nutty bitterness in the finish. A below average ESB. Nutty, fruity and chocolatey, the apple tone isn’t good though.
Monday, November 09, 2015

Cottage Blindside 2.7
Cask at Kings Head, North Lopham. Pours chestnut with an off white head. Sweet malt, some bitterness, bit watery, unbalanced.
Sunday, November 01, 2015

Cottage Trick or Treat 3.1
Fra fat på King’s Arms (Waterloo), før konsert i Festival Hall: klar mahognyrød med ok skum. Silkemyk, med toner av toffee, modne jordbær pluss et og annet solbær.
Friday, October 30, 2015

Cottage Dark Cascadian 2.5
Cask @ Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Dark copper-amber with a small glow and a creamy head. Malty in character with some sweetness, but a longer mid bitterness finish.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cottage Norman’s Conquest 3.7
Bottle. Dark brown color with ruby hues, beige head. Aroma of roasty berries. Taste has dark roast, fruity coffee. Tasty.
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Cottage Dark Cascadian 2.8
Cask at Hogshead Wolverhampton. Clear amber brown color, light tan head. Aroma of burnt brownies. Taste is malty and sweet at first with a bitter finish. Light body.
Monday, October 12, 2015

Cottage Blindside 3.1
Cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. Dark amber with a tight cream head; fruity malt aroma; sour purple fruit taste to start, with a sweet creamy body; and then some sweet drinking chocolate to finish. Porteresque.
Friday, October 09, 2015

Cottage Blindside 2.7
Cask @ Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Darker copper coloured ale with a thinnish creamy head. Has a malty-sweet character with the latter a tad more dominant. Smoothish with some light grainy notes in its taste.
Sunday, October 04, 2015

Cottage E.P.A 2.7
Cask conditioned at The Telegraph Inn, Bridlington, E.Yorks. Gold with white head. Thin almost watery beer, boiled vegetable matter with a flowery background. Dull.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cottage Thunderbolt 3.1
Cask at The Globe. A golden beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, straw, and fruit. The flavor is sweet with notes of fruits, malt, and straw.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cottage Steam Beer 3
Cask (Murderer’s, Norwich)
Misty orange, brief, small light head. Fruity bready aroma. Watery palate. Sweetich fruity malty taste, quite bready, a bit of sharpness which accentuates the gently bitter hops. Pleasant, but way too flat on the palate. A little tired, shall we say.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Cottage Blindside 3
Cask at The Rose Villa Tavern, Birmingham. Chestnut brown with minimal aroma. Taste is caramel malty hops, some wood, dry finish. MOR and drinkable.
Monday, September 21, 2015

Cottage Golden Arrow 2.6
Cask at the Pineapple, slightly hazy gold with a lacing head, malty nutty nose, initially dry-sweet malty body is rapidly overwhelmed by an acrid bitterness.
Saturday, September 12, 2015

Cottage Blindside 2.7
Tried at the three horseshoes, Waddington. Amber colour and an off white head. Taste is mainly sweet malt.
Friday, September 11, 2015

Cottage Velocity 3.5
On tap at Fayre and Square. Poured light brown with thick beige head. Aroma straight malts. Light carb med bod. Tastes smooth malty grains min hop. Pretty british.
Thursday, September 10, 2015

Cottage Western Star 3
Cask at the Bell, Waltham St Lawrence. A deep chestnut colour with an attractive cherry red gleam, and a scummy looking cream head; spicy malt aroma; rather thin with an earthy caramel taste; and a toffee finish. Looks good, but unfortunately lacks the expected body.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Cottage Tomahawk 2.4
Cask (Alex, Cambridge)
Pretty savoury aroma, some butter and artichoke dip. Mid orange, spotty head. Some chalky minerals, a little acidic. More vegetal aspects, and pungent hops later. I now get the acidity in the aroma too. Not on form. Into the flowerbed with you, methinks.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Cottage Imperial Gold 2.9
Tried at the three horseshoes Waddington. Golden colour with a thin white head. Dusty and slight citrus aroma. Taste a but flat, light bitter finish.
Friday, September 04, 2015

Cottage Rib Tickler 2.9
Cask at Congress, Longton. Pours mud brown with an off white head. Malty bitter, smooth palate, hint of toffee. Bog standard.
Thursday, September 03, 2015

Cottage Steam Beer 3.2
Cask at the Hare and BIllet, Blackheath. Reddish-orange pour with a white head. Orchard fruit and caramel aroma and taste with a crisp fruit finish. Quite smooth.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cottage Midnight Sun 3.7
Lovely refreshing and fruity loveliness. Lovely amber golden loveliness too. Hint of honey and elderberries. Lol ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cottage Tomahawk 2.7
Cask @ Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Golden with a thin head. Strongish with a hopped character and an extremely light berry-sweetness.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cottage Imperial Gold 2.2
Cask conditioned at The Pie & Ale House, Weymouth, Dorset. Clouded gold with no head. This proved to be quite tart and fruity, grape like, cereal malt. Poor condition.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Cottage Thunderbolt 2.9
Cask from the Printers Arms, Birch Vale, Derbyshire, £2.60/pint. Good looking goldem/straw coloured beer but essentially almost indistinguishable from other beers from Cottage (Starlight/Imperial Gold). Some earthiness and a pronounced dry finish try and fail to set this one apart. Not to say it wasn’t enjoyable - a perfectly drinkable hoppy bitter and surprisingly sessionable at 4.9%.
Monday, August 10, 2015

Cottage Imperial Gold 3
Cask from The Printers Arms, Birch Vale, Derbyshire, £2.60/pint. Pours golden with moderate white head. Good looking beer. Very little aroma. Wheat, straw and biscuit in flavour as well as caramel sweetness before a dry finish. Hint of astringency but still enjoyable.
Saturday, August 08, 2015

Cottage Starlight 2.8
Tried at the Theoc. Tewkesbury. Golden colour, with thin white head. Weak malty aroma and taste a bit of a dull golden beer.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Cottage Velocity 2.9
Cask at Printers Arms, Birch Vale, Derbyshire. £2.60/pint. Pours mid-brown with thick white head. Really busy beer with fruity nose and loads of treacle and roasty, nutty flavour. Decent.
Sunday, August 02, 2015

Cottage Velocity 3
Cask at Victoria Lounge Bar, Hanley. Pours mid brown with an off white head. Quite a sweet malty session bitter. It’s OK. I did have to ask what the brewery was as Cottage appear to be trying to change their branding and you can’t make out what the brewery is!
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cottage Goldrush 2.8
Hazy golden colour. Slightly sweet hoppy aroma. With a massively bitter hit. Deep and delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cottage Midnight Sun 3
Tried at the Three Horseshoes, paddington. reddish brown colour with a thick white head. malty aroma, taste mid sweet, to a slightly bitter finish.
Friday, July 24, 2015

Cottage Sunset 2.7
Cask at the Bricklayers Arms, Bishop’s Stortford. Dark gold with a small ring of white head. Bubblegummy, buttery, malty and peachy aroma. Taste isn’t great: sweet and bland with an admittedly pleasant dry bitter finish. At home this might be a drain pour, but I’m out, so I’ll finish. It’s not one I’d have again.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cottage Midnight Sun 2.7
Cask at the Half Moon, Bishop’s Stortford. Reddish brown, tiny bit hazy, fair amount of natural carbonation. Smells like autumn leaves, wet malt, slight berries. Taste is a sweet malt bomb with a drying sourness. Chalky dry finish. This is the paradigm of the twiggy brown bitter. Meh.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cottage Sunset 2.9
Cask from The Printers Arms, Birch Vale, Derbyshire, £2.60/pint. Very good looking beer, golden amber with thick white head and lacing. Smells of not much, slightly earthy, slightly wheaty. Taste is very bitter and crisp with some spice to the hops and some malty, biscuit notes. Pleasantly hoppy for the style; an overt summer ale, but lacking subtlety. Thick palate.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cottage Starlight 2.9
Cask from The White Lion, Disley, Cheshire, £3.10/pint. Pours mid-golden with mid/thin white head. Mild, earthy, slightly floral aroma. Taste is bitter and hoppy with some biscuit lingering on the palate with a long, dry finish.
Monday, July 13, 2015

Cottage Tornado 3
Cask at the Cannie Man, Bracknell. Dark amber with a tight cream head; malty aroma; sweet malty taste; with a pleasant twiggy bitterness. Another typical Cottage brew - safe and old-fashioned.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Cottage Thunderbolt 2.9
Cask at the Magpie, golden-amber with very faint haze, lightly peachy and toasty nose, faint notes of pineapple and crisp white bread crusts on the palate, drying and faintly tart finish.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Cottage Iron Duke 3.4
Cask@Manor Arms, Streatham, London (05/06/2015) - amber pour with white head. Toasty malty aroma and taste, some caramel and toffee notes , slight grassy, twiggy and herbal hoppy, bitter finish. Great condition, went down well. Decent Bitter.
Monday, June 22, 2015

Cottage Iron Duke 2.5
Aroma: old socks, stale, some sweet fruits, some grain. Appearance: dark amber, hardly any head. Taste: light to medium sweet. Palate: flat carbonation, sweets dominate, some fruitiness, some maltiness. Overall: this is really not to my taste, too sweet, sub-standard Bitter. Pint at The Carpenters Arms, Marylebone.
Thursday, June 18, 2015