madmitch76 (25817) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
2nd January 2013 harrisoni (19423) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Market Porter. Clear amber beer, good cream coloured head. Light palate, softish with mild fine carbonation. Nice! Creamy malt. Mild tangy orange hops. Not bitter! Semi dry finish. Just a whisper of sulphur but otherwise a decent Christmas ale.
Cask handpull at CountyHotel JDW Ashford. Clear deepish gold colour thin white head. Bit of rubber on this. Ok condition very light in flavour not much hop. rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2012
Cask at Market Porter, London. Deep golden beer with a quite nice offwhite head. Malty bready aroma, biscuits, some dough, apples, pears, citrus, some toffee. Citrus flavor, pears, bready, yeasty, dough, biscuits. A bit unfresh and with a somewhat strange yeasty finish. imdownthepub (15425) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Gold with white head. Dry malty bitter, more than a hint of wheat about this, grainy, bitter. Over hyped naming but ok as a light bitter, just. leaparsons (10809) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
Cask, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Oadby. Golden brown with a firm cream head. Aromas are grain and biscuit with light red berries and hints of pear. Lemon rind with soft mixed spices Flavours are toast and lemon marmalade with traces of lime. Biscuit with a spicy, fruity dry finish. Decent.
The_Osprey (9361) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2016
Cask handpull at The Crosse Keys Bishopsgate as ’Banks and Taylor Santa’s Slayer’. Golden yellow clear still foamy white head. Aroma is bready, light citrus. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is grainy, white bread, gluey, dusty, light bitterness. A nice and very drinkable balanced golden bitter. Looking through the ratings consistency might be a problem, but very good on this showing. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2005
Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 26/11/2002 maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
Golden and hoppy with some citrus aroma and a slightly dry malty finish.
Cask conditioned handpump High Cross Leicester 05/12/12. A golden beer with a white head. Biscuity and sweet sugary with a lick of citric hopping. The nose is non-descript save for a hint of sweetness. A nice interesting buttery biscuit in the mouth though. BlackHaddock (7763) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
Hand pulled pint at the Crown Inn, Oakengates Dec 2011. chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2005
Golden, light amber body with an off-white head on top, doesn’t give much lacing but tried to stay the course.
Aroma of citrusy hops and an undercurrent of mild malts.
The Beer is brewed using Pearl Pale Malt, Crystal Malt, Wheat Malt, Challenger Hops and Golding Hops. The taste is hop bitter foremost, but not overly hopped, those malts counteract the hops nicely.
A good, easy to drink beer, I like this breweries beers but rarely see them in my neck of the woods.
Not very Christmassy. As SilkTork says, it’s more in the golden summer ale style that what you’d expect for a Christmas offering. The aroma is rather modest - some grassy hop and a touch of dry malt. There’s an initial sweetness on the palate, but that’s soon overtaken by a moderate citric hop bite developing into a lasting dry bitterness the aftertaste. If anything a touch acidic and tart. The body is a touch thin. Reasonable, but fairly standard fare and certainly not what I was expecting. Cask (handpump) at Lord Moon of the Mall (JDW), Whitehall, London.