Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2004
Clear, amber-hued appearance, full, fresh, fluffy, 1/2" off-white head.
Aroma: soft and creamy, notes of honey and herbs, sweet and full of promise.
Taste: mild hops, smooth malt, extra easy on the tongue, a quick trip down the throat. A little more fruit and tingly hops shows up further on, just a touch of bitterness, but mostly it's a mellow affair, creamy and easy to toss back.
As bitters go, pretty damn nice, richly flavorful, pretty tasty.
Hey, I like it!
Braudog (6804) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Caramel-amber with sticky, foamy head. Pungent caramel, dirty aroma. Chestnut bitter leads, then settles into mellow caramel, then strikes back with sharp knife-edge bitter finish. pootzboy (1787) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2004
I’m usually suspicious of fancy packaging..the snazzy bottle this came in had me thinking that it enclosed another standard or unremarkable beer....I was wrong on this one. Pours a beautiful red-copper color like brewed tea....tight fluffy off white cap...medium carbonation. Lots to fill the olfactory senses here...complex...nutty yeasts over buttered-biscuit malts and lemon-peppered grassy hopping...wild complexity. The front of this ale carries itself well with a pronounced smooth buttery, buscuity malt tone with the hops showing up mid way to give good balance with a citusy twang that drys out the smooth finish...the bittering only comes in at the very end in the after taste. A wonerfully buttery smooth malt pronounced "bitter" that is not really "bitter" but drying in its finish. It’s satisfying without being heavy......a very well crafted English ale. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a clear orangey copper with a frothy half inch of head. Very little lacing here. Smells fruity and light bitter hops. Spicy, like nutmeg or cinnamon. Some grassy malt in the nose too.
Nice fruity malt up front. A slight pause in the flavor and then the bitter hops kick in for the finish. Grassy and dry. Do I taste Ringwood yeast or is that my imagination? Not alot imparted to the beer from the hops except the biting bitterness. Lightly metallic in the finish. Crisp and dry. Lingering hoppiness in the aftertaste. A very solid special bitter but not enough to knock my socks off. A good change of pace though.
thornecb (6021) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2007
Pours bright amber into an English pint. Off-white congolmerate head leaves slight lacing as it slowly recedes to remain on the surface. Malt aromas. Upfront caramel with a dry, lasting English hop finish. I could easily drink a bunch of these -- actually it’s gone.
bhensonb (15617) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
As SSB in the bottle. Fruits in the nose. Arguably cherry and peach. Hazy amber color with a beige head that filmed while trying to lace. Medium bodied. Swear there is peach in the start. Great fruity hop backed by strong caramel malts. Medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation. The finish is just more of the same, but as the malt sweetness drains off the hop bitter comes forth. It’s wonderful. Maybe better than cask? Nah, but very, very good. nickspies (78) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Great caramel aroma and flavor. Good head retention. One of the better Bitters I have had in a while. It would be nice to have this on cask in Britain...I would imagine it would be fantastic. Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 Can. Red/pale brown color and a creamy white head. Nice lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, sweet fruit, citrus, toffee and some floral/spicy notes. Tastes of biscuity/toasted malt, fruit, apricot, citrus, some floral/spicy notes and hop bitterness. A bit dry. Really nice. But the carbonation is a bit too strong. Total score: 3.8
080321: On-tap at The Flying Barrel, Gothenburg. Less carbonated and lower alcohol content. Total score: 3.9 Hermod (8220) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2009
50cl bottle. One of the better bitters I´ve tasted. Poured a large head, smooth, with quite dry hoppy aftertaste. Recommended! ComradeK (1256) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours a clear red-amber, with a medium head. Smells like a classic bitter, with a whiff of citrus and some toffee malt notes. Moderate citrus and pine hops start it off, followed by lemon and honey, with a burnt caramel finish. A nice, complex, yet eminently drinkable bitter.