Banks's / Vasileostrovsky Siberian Red

Formerly brewed at Banks’s (Marston’s)
Style: English Strong Ale
Wolverhampton, England


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cask: Special - Wetherspoon Spring 2013 Real Ale Festival.
This is complex and full flavoured, with sweet and roast malt flavours, balanced by a pungent hop bitterness and dry hop flourish in the finish.

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Rune (13507) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
One-third pint cask ale at Flying Horse (JDW). Low fawn-coloured head leaving spotty lacing behind. Deep, mahogany coloured body. Subdued jam-like aroma. Taste of sweet caramel and dark berries, semi-dry, with a smooth bittersweet twist to the ending. Fine bodied. Nice and tasty (Gatwick Airport, 10.04.2013).

The_Bish (1146) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
Share with Dom at Spoons. Nice bitter overtones. Undertones? I’ve not heard them. I probably have. Have I? I was a big fan of senseless things back in the day, or should that be Senseless things, simply to give you more sense of what I am thinging about. Anyway, apparently Senseless Things (I spent hours trying to reproduce their font) were similar in sound to The Undertones, but I might have the wrong band I’m mentioning, which would make this review redundant. Was it ever anything else?

Dommod2011 (728) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
Share with Bish at EofY JDW B13. I was hoping this was brewed in Burton. The wind there is definitely Siberian. mate got stabbed in the neck there because he wouldn’t give some loon his cash card. My band played a few gigs there to punish the buggers. We played the Little Civic. We had a bottle of Stella each for our rider. I brought my own bottle of Jack. Tit.

Theydon_Bois (20632) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
Cask at the Lawrence Sheriff (Llloyds), Rugby, 03/04/13. Dark reddish amber with a decent beige head that retains well. Good lacing ensues. Nose carries summer fruits, hops, malt, light citrus, touch of spice. Taste comprises hops, orange, caramel malt, biscuit, sugars. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry in the finish with a touch of hop bitterness. A decent all round effort and probably my number 2 of this festival just shaded by Good George.

maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
Cask conditioned handpump Moon On The Square Northampton 10/04/13. A dark ruby coloured beer with a whitish head and lacing. A quite complex fruity yet bitter beer. An interesting melange of flavours and a long finish. Hard to pinpoint specifics but this is a great attempt at a British ale by a Russian brewer. Some red fruits for good measure in the nose. A nice strong beer.

madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
8th April 2013
Crosse Keys Spoons. Very hazy dark amber beer, small pale tan head. Palate is softish and smooth with super fine carbonation. Medium malt, touch of toffee. Fairly bitter hops with a touch of citrus. Long bitter finish. Not bad but it lack something to bring it all together.

leaparsons (10765) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2013
Cask, Corn Exchange, Leicester. Amber, red brown with an off white foam. Aromas are mixed winter berries with woody notes and lots of mixed spices. Toasted malts with herbal liquorice hints and apple. Flavours are lemon and blackberries with herbs and light gritty cocoa. Roasted with spritzy yeast on the palate. Dry on the finish with earthy, nutty notes. Nice.

ManVsBeer (10953) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2013
Deep dark red with a thick creamy head. It has a sweet fruit berry aroma and a sugar sweet taste.

imdownthepub (15332) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2013
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Chestnut with cream head. Rich maltiness, full and fruity with a light wine type character then hints of grapefruit and strawberry from a very tasty hop. Really very pleasant and drinkable.

BeerViking (5046) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2013
Deep red-brown with thin off-white head. Clean pine and honey nose with a citrus hop tang, slightly syrupy palate almost instantly turns to toasted malt balanced by fruit and hop notes, then a dry burnt marmalade finish.

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