RichTheVillan (7852) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2016
Cask at Aston Manor Beer Festival; dark burnished amber pour with a bubbly white head, aroma has hint of caramel and light fruit, taste has caramel, fruit action. niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Cask at Fetherston Arms, Kirkoswald. Pours chestnut. Malty bitter but lacking any depth. Watery. imdownthepub (14555) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2015
Bottled, 500ml from Tebay Services, Orton, Cumbria. Reddish brown with white head. There is a pleasing beery aroma on opening, rich maltiness and this continues into the beer. There is a roasty, toasty element to the malts, good depth with a slightly oily note, resinous hops show through, earthy and leafy. A pleasant bottled lower ABV bitter, not as common as you would like to think. RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2014
BCA. Strange slightly acrid aroma, with some odd, sour yeastiness in there too. Burnt toast flavour, with red wine and sherry, rubber and coal. This can’t be right, surely...? LakeDistrict (22) - - MAR 25, 2013
yespr (45464) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2012
From cask at Charlies. Pours clear and golden orange with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted and breadish malty. Breadish to toffee malt. Bitter, roasted and dry into a lasting breadish finish. AshtonMcCobb (6608) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2012
On tap @ Alexander’s the Pub, Kendal. Pours a dark amber with a touch of red hue. The nose has ginger biscuits. The taste has more of the ginger and biscuit notes with more toffee on the end. The palate has a medium body with a tangy middle section and a fresh bitter finish. Overall, a good example of the bitter style. Strilen (8) - FYLLINGSDALEN, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2012 does not count
Bottle conditioned. Light amber, but a bit cloudy (maybe because best before 30/06/2012!). Decent white head. Yeasty and fruity aroma. Taste lightly sour as bad squash, medium sweet with elements of citrus. Definitively not one of the best beer I’ve had! But as I wrote, best before was over a month ago! BlackHaddock (7346) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
This bottle conditioned beer came my way via my daughter: best before 02/2012, brown 500ml bottle.
Strange named beer, I’ll let you guess the reason and source of the name ’High Pike’: no, it’s not a ’pissed fish’ or an old English spear type weapon!
I poured the beer carefully into my ’Abbot Ale’ glass tankard: it is a lovely chestnut reddy brown colour, bright and clear, no sediment left the bottle. The head is a huge foaming pile of bubbles: off-white to biege in colour.
Cracking smells of malty goodness rise from the glass and that malty aroma carries on into the taste flavours too.
I like a malty beer and this fits the bill nicely: the hops are there, but in the background ensuring the beer isn’t sweet or like a malt loaf in taste. There is an earthy, dry hop finish to each sip at first, however the malts come back as the duration of the flavours elongate further than you’d expect.
One of the best UK ’bottle conditioned’ beers I’ve ever had! wheresthepath (2335) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2010
[Cask at the Cumberland Hotel, Alston] Sweet and fruity malt, with summer fruits (strawberry?) Quite pleasant.