FatPhil (16355) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 9, 2011
Cask (Market Porter, London)cgarvieuk (24792) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 18, 2010
6 Sweet toffee caramel on the first sniff, touch of red berries, and almost a cakey aroma later.
4 Mid-red-orange, persistent ring head.
7 Retronasals quite toffee-ey, some light fruit and fleshy fruit nectar, hints at pungent hops. Taste well balance sweet rich malts, and fruity too.
4 Quite full in the mouth, soft carbonation. Sweet treacly cakey finish, and lovely dry leafy hops take over for the long finish.
13 Super solid sweetish bitter. Great non-strong winter warmer.
cask at cloister ... stilage ... brown ...cherry toffee nose ....sweet woody toffee malts ... soft easy Ungstrup (37862) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2009
Cask at a Wetherspoons in Manchester. A nut-brown beer with a thin tan head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and nuts. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and nuts as well as light notes of metal. Nice. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2012 Cask conditioned handpump Wootton WMC. A dark chestnut coloured beer with an off white head. The aroma has hints of tiredness with some fruit skin notes. There is better signs to the flavour though which is malty and there are coffee notes. Fruit then comes through and there’s a fair amount of bitterness. A nice taste, shame about the nose. Score 3.0berkshirejohn (6522) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2009
Subsequent rating scored 3.3. Average becomes 3.1
[Cask at the Back of Beyond (JDW), Reading.] Chestnut with a loose cream head; caramel malt aroma; malty flavour with some roast nuts and well balanced bitterness, and a long hoppy finish.
bobinlondon (1297) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2009
Handpulled cask at JDW Hatch End Harrow. Dark copper with off white head. Good pure tasting toffee malt with a late gentle hop finish. More of a winter ale to me rather than a premium bitter. Very nice. Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2008
Cask conditioned @ Humble Plumb, Soton. Toffeish malts well balanced with earthy leafy hops. Some nutty toasty hints linger. Reasonably bitter finish prevents this from being to sweet. Whilst this wasnt bad I’m not always especially keen on the maltiers ’bitters’ this one was lifted above the ordinary by the hop element. Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2008
Cask at The Market Porter London Bridge 5 Feb 08. Dark amber colored. A creamy head. Pleasant aroma with hints of fruit. A bit weak in flavor. Dry finish. Quite thin. No ice observed. harrisoni (18807) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2008
Cask handpull at Market Porter, London. Ruby with lasitng beige head. I’m guessing that it is supposed to be an old ale but can see it’s down as an ESB. A malty ashy aroma, but then too much caramel in the mouth and no sourness. But a tingly dry hop. As a darkish ale, yep, not bad, bit too sweet up front, but the hop stings the teeth on the finish. Interesting. A malt toffee hoppy beer. hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Very dark brown with a small white head. Appealing aroma of ash, liquorice and smoked bacon. Lovely rich, nutty, sweet, dark malt taste with a bitter finish arriving right on cue. Outstanding. 27.1.09. Cask at ’Spoons, Milton Keynes, Slightly too much all-butter fudge in the taste. Rated 6,4,6,4,12: 3.2