Koskela (505) - Marysville, California, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Didnt smell much aroma it was a medium amber color that was crystal clear. Had a slight sweet/bitter taste that reminded me of an irish red. It was very smooth. Overall not bad CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Had this on cast on tap. Nice rich amber color with floral aroma. I was expecting more hops, but was pleasantly surprised by the malty overtones. Nice mix and a decent beer. csaso (2328) - Missouri, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Tap - after the nitro settled, average size thick creamy head, very nice
dark amber color, nice balanced aroma and flavor with sweet malt, fair
hops, some mild nutty flavor, creamy texture
bytemesis (8960) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Tap. Pours clear deep amber with a medium creamy off white head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is faint caramel, cardboard. Flavor is the same, light sweet, light bitter. Medium body, creamy. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 15, 2002
Not very bitter, but a good clean brew that went down pretty smooth. Definitely qualifies as good sportswatching beer.
luvcasks (178) - USA - FEB 4, 2006
Review of the cask-conditioned best bitter
Aroma: Slightly floral seems to be Kent Goldng but not noticable for a cask-conditioned beer
Poured a deep copper with nice clean white head which dissipated quickly
Flavor: Malty flavors followed by a hint of spicy hop flavors... the hop bitterness seemed to have a little tea like characteristics
Palate: balanced beer with a creamy finish lingers long enough to pause....
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Served with nitrogen from a stout faucet at the brewpub. I was here to watch the US/Slovenia World Cup game, and barely pulled my mind away from the game enough to blurt out a name of a beer to the waiter when he came to our table. If I had noticed that this was a nitro beer, I definitely would have gone for another of their selections, but I couldn’t be bothered to look into that given the circumstances. Luckily the game ended before I finished my pint, so I was able to put some concentration into a decent rate. Overall, this is a solid take on the style of strong bitter (not best, which it is in reality too high in gravity to be) that you see sent over the pond in nitro kegs, albeit fresher (obviously) and significantly hoppier overall, though not to the point of feeling obviously American. It’s actually hard to say on that last point though, as those beers might be this hoppy on cask local to their respective breweries. The color is a medium-light amber with good clarity, topped by the typical creamy nitrogen-induced cap of foam that lasts until you take the last sip. I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to that... The aroma is predictable dull, given the nitro cap that always seems to kill aromatics, though there is a mild nutty maltiness that manages to come through. The flavor hits you up front with sweet, nutty malt and a touch of caramel. There is a nice english hop flavor that balances well and wraps it all up in a snappy, tangy finish and firm bitterness. Medium bodied with smooth, lower carbonation that almost goes without saying. This would definitely be a great esb on cask, but the nitro pretty much limits it in its current state. Hoppy, yet well balanced and malty at the same time. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Golden brown with a creamy white head. Sweet musty malt and citrus aroma and taste with a mildly astringent finish. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Sampled at the ale house. A malty brew that has mild hops. Nicely made and refreshing. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Draft, nitrogen pour. Thick head, ruby amber color, clear when settled. Solid moderate bitterness, smooth.... good for style.