Brewed by Dawkins Ales
Style: Bitter
Bristol, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Regular.
A Best Bitter, chestnut-coloured with a subtle orange bouquet combined with a hint of roast malt. It has a rich and complex malt flavour, with plum fruit qualities, which persist in the mouth and combine with its bitterness to provide a deep and satisfying finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2017
Cask. Chestnut colour. Very hoppy (zesty citrusy hops). Malty (roasty, caramelly). Fruity. Bitter throughout. (2008)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sammax (1) - Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2011 does not count
This has been my house ale at the Swan Inn, Shepton Mallet for the last 4 years and it is the one ale that most demanding real ale aficionados locally enjoy and return to after trying other good ales. As a landlord the beer is a delight to serve as it presents and keeps well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (10382) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2011
Cask, gravity (BRIGHT) at Merton Village Hall Refurbishment event, Merton, Oxon 22.01.11 Pours conker coloured with nice white head. Despite being bright this beer showed good depth of flavour and held up well next to the Vale New Dawn, Crouch Vale Brewers Gold and Toad Da Vinci Toad. This had good earthy rustic flavours, touch old fashioned quality about it, malty with nice rustic fruitiness. Just a decent down to earth bitter. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov13 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2009
Cask in the market porter. Alround rating: Lightly sulphury, minerally earthyness, some fresh plummy fruityness, lightly malt character, grassy bittering hop in the finish. Drinkable bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5711) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2008
Kent Beer Fest, The Cow Shed, Canterbury. Brown sugar sweetness. Could do with better quality malt or longer fermentation. Tastes like a home brew. Hint of sulphur. Nice enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (15800) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 31, 2008
Cask (Black Door, Helsinki)
Dark copper brown, small head. Aroma - sweet fruity malt and plenty of hops, quite brown and aley. Zingy bitter hops bite the side of the tongue. Sweet citrusy and zest, very hoppy (new world hops at that), but also a good rich malty body. Finish is spicy and citrusy, and very long. Maybe a hint of toffee in the taste too. When contrasted against a glass of amarillo juice (St. P. G-Free), this tastes very grainy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2008
A Mes rate: Gravicask at Planet Thanet 2008.
Dark copper colour with a thin white film and in good condition. Lovely balance of malt, hops, wheat and tobacco. The hops are more dominating in the flavour. Good background malt with a tasty but delicate sweetness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (8519) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2007
Cask conditioned at the Inn on the Green, Bristol. Amber coloured with a decent off-white head. Aroma was distinctly hoppy, more spuce-like than citrus with some supporting malt sweetness. Flavours were of red fruits with a touch of caramel. Finish was bitter and long. An excellent session bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2007
Cask Conditioned, at the Rake, Borough Market, London.
Clear mahogany colour, clean fine beige head. Nice flavour, nutty, rich and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (18219) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2007
Cask handpull at Fly in the Loaf, Liverpool. Amber colour with lasting beige head. Superb bitter, ticks all the boxes and then some. Had the Matthews 40 Yard at Dover BF and was amazed by it. US style hops on aroma. Decent malts in mouth, quite soft, so drinkable. Some malt roundness. Hop on end is distinctive and works well again, some US sherberty grapefruity hop.

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