downender (8928) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Wenlock, London 20/12/08. Amber coloured with a slight, off-white head. Aroma of biscuit malt, slightly stale, with some fruit. Flavour was better, with plenty of sweet red fruits and a decent bitter finish. Ok. fonefan (51574) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2008
Cask (handpump) @ Wellington, Birmingham B2, UK. Clear medium amber color with a small, virtually none, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, light hoppy. Flavor is light to moderate sweet and moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium to light, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. (100108) weaselkenievil (1609) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2008
Browny, not much smell really, bit hoppy, average but ok. Thanks all the same but not my cup of tea. mike_77 (7137) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2007
Nut brown colour. Very rich, silky texture. Flavour is fruity with hints of floral hop. Sweet, smooth finish. larsga (7668) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2007
Small coarse white head. Slightly hazy amber body. Wooden tea aroma, a bit musty. Soft dry tea taste with earthy wooden notes. Light, almost watery. Delicate, harmonic. No aftertaste. Very mild, but nice. (0.5pt cask at the King’s Head.)
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2007
Cask at ’Spoons, Milton keynes. Dark gold with a white head. Odd nettly aroma. Nutty, biscuity malt taste. Also a sort of raspberry sweetness. Not sure what this has to do with Christmas. Very little bitterness. Nothing to write home about. Svesse (8830) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2007
(Cask at Carpenter’s Arms, Marble Arch, London, 2 Dec 2007) Mahogany colour with brief, white head. Malty nose with dark fruit, raisins and toffee. Malty taste with notes of dark fruit, toffee, solid malt foundation and hints of dusty hops in the finish. Malty and chewy winter beer. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Cask conditioned - handpump - Brunswick, Derby. An amber coloured beer with an off-white head. A fruity malty aroma and mostly fruity taste. Some off notes on the taste. Not Christmassy in any way and absolutely no evidence of dry hopping of any kind least of all cascade. Just ordinary and fairly boring. Score 2.7 MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2007
Subsequent rating scored 3.3. Average becomes 3
A Mes rate: Cask at Baker St. ’Spoons. MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
Mid brown with a thin bubbly head. Really heavy whiskey and malt. Nasty hop finish. Not great.
Any first impressions?
-A veil of foam covers the bronze clarity.
-Cranberry-like fruitiness quietly chats with some earthy hops.
-The same fruitiness reappears in the flavor profile, aptly balanced with the wooden, leafy hops.
-Lean maltiness; low carbonation, high drinkability; a typical cask bitter mouthfeel.
What if you dig deeper?
-The leafy hop bitterness participates actively.
-Aroma’s a little too shy to be enticing.
-Ringwoody butterscotchy subtleties work well with the flavor profile.
-A well-made, generic bitter, again, is not what I’d normally think of as a special Christmas beer, but then again this seems to be the norm for many UK breweries.
On cask at Blackfriars, Inverness.