Cottage Reviews




BlackHaddock
3.3
Cottage Pacific
21st Aug 2016: cask pint in ’Cobblers’ a micro bar in Filey, Yorkshire. Very slight haze to my golden pour, clean white head. The nose held some mild citrus notes and a biscuity maltiness, taste similar with a little sweetness from the malt.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Grumbo
3.3
Cottage Golden Arrow
Cask at the Green Man (GK), opposite Gt Portland St tube station, London. Pours golden with an average white head. Aroma of fresh hop, straw, light citrus and a touch of spice. Medium sweetness, light bitterness. Towards medium body, light/creamy texture, average carbonation level. Finish is sweeter, slight bitter fruit. Not bad.
Friday, August 12, 2016

berkshirejohn
3.2
Cottage Red & Ruth
Cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. Pale gold in colour with a scummy looking white head; rye bread aroma; light malty taste with a touch of rye and a twiggy bitterness; then a dry finish with rye and caramel. Unexciting.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Block
2.4
Cottage Healey 3000
A very light beer. Not full bodied at all. Golden pour with a sweet backbone, some yeast and that’s essentially it.
Monday, August 08, 2016

MrTipple
3.6
Cottage Conquest
Intense caramel, biscuit, grain and bread malts, light hay. Clear, dark amber, small, creamy, beige head. Light bitter. Grain and cereal malts again, biscuit, bitterness intensifies, soft carbonation. Very nice ESB, exceptionally nice and intense aroma. Cask at Exmouth Arms, Clerkenwell.
Friday, August 05, 2016

berkshirejohn
3.2
Cottage Healey 3000
Cask at the Bell, Waltham St Lawrence. A pale amber colour with a loose white head; pleasanr, but unidentifiable, fruity aroma; sharp fruity bitter taste with a biscuity body; and some sour grain to finish. Fresh and full of flavour - better than average for Cottage.
Friday, July 29, 2016

ManVsBeer
2.8
Cottage Boys of 66
Cask @ Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Glowing golden with a thin head. Has a fuller-bodied hoppy character, some fruit, with its strength fairly evident. Has a sugary nose.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

MartinT
3.9
Cottage Conquest
My Bottom Line:
Dark fruit jam and toasted angles are met by bitter leaves in this richly smooth Premium Bitter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy foam top laces all around the ruby-hued copper.
-The finish is relatively dry considering the generous malt flavors you get early on.
-Mild acidity and minerality accompanies the hops in the finish.
-Malt character has tons of character.
-Would love to find the Barley Wine version on cask now!

On cask at The Cottage Loaf, Llandudno.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

BeardedAvenger
2.3
Cottage Boys of 66
Cask at the Prince of Wales, Farnborough. 19/07/16. Zero aroma. Light amber. Head frothed all over the place when served, but soon just left traces. Caramel - overly sweet. Not sickly, just a lack of bitternes. Thin body, watery, no carbonation. Guess it’s intended to be a refreshing summer seasonal, but just lacks substance.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

teorn88
3
Cottage Western Glory
Cask at the Turf Tavern, Oxford. It pours a clean Amber color with a minimal tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of molasses, biscuit, raisins and caramel. Taste is also sweet malty with more notes of biscuit frackers caramel and bread dough. Light to medium bodied with OK carbonation. Overall, ok
Saturday, July 09, 2016

Towey1989
3
Cottage Over The Bar
Cask at The Swan, Stone. A clear amber colour with a frothy off white head. Aroma of biscuit, some chocolate, slight fruits and subtle spicy, earthy hops. Taste of biscuit, some chocolate, slight fruits and subtle earthy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A soft, biscuity, earthy hop bitterness in the finish. A simple bitter with a chocolate digestive dominance to it. Ok.
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

imdownthepub
2.4
Cottage Sunset
Cask conditioned at The Turf Tavern, Oxford. Gold with no head. Tartish, fruity beer with a buttery vanilla aside. Really not very good, not sure whether its the pub or brewery in this case. Moved on.
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Mr_Pink_152
2.8
Cottage Princess Beia
On tap at the ThreeHorseshoes Waddington. Amber colour with a white head. Aroma has fruit and light tropical hints. Taste light sweet to light bitter.
Sunday, June 19, 2016

berkshirejohn
2.8
Cottage Windsor Castle
Cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. A pale amber pour with a loose white head; fresh grassy aroma; soft grainy body; and a crisp grassy bitterness. A very basic Golden Ale. Possibly a completely different beer to earlier ratings, with the name reused in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday - there’s still a steam engine on the pump clip though.
Friday, June 03, 2016

BeardedAvenger
3.1
Cottage Gold Conquest
Cask at Prince of Wales, Farnborough. 02/06/16. Had to add it - suspect that Cottage have renamed an existing beer? Top marks for appearance - it’s certainly golden. Otherwise I’d describe it as drinkable and inoffensive. Lacks aroma, perhaps a hint of hops and yeast. And nothing to shout about in terms of taste - slightly bitter and citrusy. However slips down easily so would have again. A summer pint.
Thursday, June 02, 2016

Mr_Pink_152
3.1
Cottage St George’s Ale
Tried at the Three Horseshoes, Waddington. Deep amber brown colour with a thick cream coloured head. Rich malty aroma and taste with a hoppy bitter finish.
Thursday, May 05, 2016

MrTipple
3.1
Cottage Dragon Slayer
Grain, bread malts, light caramel, light floral hops and grass. Clear gold, small, creamy, white head. Light sweet. Grain malts, citrus fruits, light sweetness continues, remains fruity. OK ESB, quaffable, but nothing too exciting. Cask at The Raven, Bath.
Monday, May 02, 2016

fonefan
2.8
Cottage Trafalgar Ale

Cask (handpump) @ Ropewalk, 107-111 Derby Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 5BB.

[ As Cottage Trafalgar Ale ].
Clear medium orange yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, hay, pale malt, light to moderate hoppy, earthy notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration, pale malt, malty. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20141013]

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Stuu666
2.8
Cottage Norman’s Conquest
Cask at praf. Pours clear amber, nose is toffee, floral, taste is sweet, dry toffee.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

allmyvinyl
3.3
Cottage Pacific
Cask at the Paisley Beer Festival 2016.Pours clear golden amber with a short-lived thin white head. Aromas of light caramel, lemon. Taste is busy lemon. Thin texture, bitter finish.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Stuu666
2.4
Cottage Pacific
Cask at praf 2016. Pours clear amber, nose is toffee, light fruit, taste is harsh, toffee, musty.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

dogbomb
3.4
Cottage Conquest
Cask. Brown ale with a thick cream head. Slight berries on the nose with a touch of bitter lemon. Taste is honeycomb, caramel, cream and berries. Lots of flavour, lots of body. A bit of a sipper, but nice.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

fonefan
2.8
Cottage Medusa

Cask (handpump) @ Ropewalk, 107-111 Derby Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 5BB.

[ As Cottage Medusa ].
Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, nutty, caramel, pale malt. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration, nutty, caramel, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20141013]

Thursday, March 24, 2016

fonefan
3.2
Cottage DB5

Cask (handpump) @ The Major Oak, 24-26 Pelham Road/Victoria Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 2EG.

[ As Cottage DB5 ].
Unclear medium yellow orange color with a small to average, creamy - frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, fruity, caramel. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, dusty malt, light nutty, tart fruity notes. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20141013]

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rune
2.8
Cottage Southern Bitter
Cask, half-pint at Olde Dolphin Inne. Amber-gold body, next to clear. Ring to the rim of the surface. Poor lacing. Malt-fruity nose, sweet. Jam-like taste of caramel, forest and dried fruits. On the sweet side of bittersweet ending. Standard Brit bitter (Derby 21.02.2016).
Monday, March 21, 2016

ManVsBeer
3.1
Cottage Norman’s Conquest MM (5.0%)
Cask @ Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. A rebadge simply called Conquest, of the 5% version. This is a dark amber, almost mahogany beer with a creamy-frothy head. Crisp, it has a light sweetened malty character.
Friday, March 18, 2016

komadori
1.4
Cottage Try Me
An average bitter. Nothing special. Mid-brown colour and slightly cloying mouthfeel. Low hoppiness
Friday, March 11, 2016

Mr_Pink_152
2.7
Cottage Try Me
On tap at Three Horseshoes, Waddington. Amber colour with an off white head. Malty and caramel sweet, aroma and taste.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Finn
2.7
Cottage Southern Bitter
Fra fat på Olde Dolphin i Derby 21 Feb 16. Gylden. Lavt tett kritthvitt skum. Lett plommearoma. Smaken uvariert. Svakt syrlig papp. Tørr ettersmak. Kanskje hint av karamell underveis.
Friday, March 04, 2016

rlgk
3.3
Cottage Try Me
Cask at The Gallery, Pimlico, London. Clear deep golden beer with a small offwhite head. Malty nutty aroma, bready, citrus, grapes, grassy, slightly spicy. Hoppy citrus and grape flavor, grassy, caramel, some hay and oranges. Clean and drinkable.
Thursday, March 03, 2016

jjsint
3
Cottage Southern Bitter
Cask at the Eagle, Cambridge. Golden, clear. A bit of white head and loads of lacing. Smells of light orchard fruit, wildflowers and a bit if cleaning fluid. Taste is malty malty malty and sweet. Only a bitter-sour note in the watery short finish. An average and somewhat boring bitter.
Wednesday, March 02, 2016

imdownthepub
2.8
Cottage Duchess
Cask conditioned at The Lamb & Flag, Oxford. Copper with white head. Sweet, sweaty, slightly fusty malts with a vegetable hint. There is an earthy hop note, some caramel. Pretty standard for Cottage.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

dogbomb
2.5
Cottage Stanier Five
Cask. Dark red ale. Almost black. Thin mid tan head. Nose is light coffee. Malts. Taste is quite "alcohol" but imparts red fruits, and a mild coffee. Not quite as nice it it first appears.
Friday, February 26, 2016

berkshirejohn
3.1
Cottage Norman’s Conquest Texas Brown Ale
Cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. Dark mahogany with a loose cream head; aroma of demerara sugar; watery, with some spicy malts and caramel; and a spicy bitterness; then a dry finish. An ok Brown Ale.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mr_Pink_152
2.9
Cottage Duchess
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

ManVsBeer
3.3
Cottage Full Steam Ahead
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

ManVsBeer
3
Cottage Johnsons Single Bitter
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

ManVsBeer
3.3
Cottage Darth Malt
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

ManVsBeer
2.8
Cottage Polar Express
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

BeerViking
3.3
Cottage Scrooged
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

Mr_Pink_152
2.5
Cottage Midnight Porter
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

berkshirejohn
3
Cottage Rocket Ale
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

Holmen1
3.1
Cottage DB4
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

Leighton
3.1
Cottage Christmas Porter
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

niquillis
3
Cottage Rocket Ale
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

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

Towey1989
2.8
Cottage Merchant Navy
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

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

Holmen1
3.1
Cottage Trick or Treat
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

ManVsBeer
2.5
Cottage Dark Cascadian
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