imdownthepub (14547) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2007
Cask conditioned at The Woolpack, Banbury, Oxon. Amber gold with White Head. Good sulphery aroma, which was a little off putting for some but good for me. Plenty of rich malt in the body and nicely on the dry side without being astringent. Veggie hop finish, perhaps a little cabbagy, but not bad at all. I enjoyed it. BlackHaddock (7329) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, the beer is bottle conditioned, so it was poured carefully into my ’Old Speckled Hen’ vase shaped pint glass. No sediment appeared to get into the glass.
The beer was best before Oct 2010 and was reviewed and drunk early September 2010.
An almost bright mid-amber coloured body, clear, and clean, on top a thin layer of bubbles, can’t call it a head, that soon dispersed into a collar and wispy hint of a covering.
Malty aroma, semi-sweet molasses and some lightly toasted bread mixed with a hint of biscuits.
The taste is malts at first, then the hops kick in and you can taste the blend nicely. Well balanced and easy to drink.
The 4.5%ABV sits well within the beer and although it can be found, it isn’t overly obvious in the mouthfeel. The rear label claims it is ’A Strong Bitter with a strong heart’ and I wouldn’t argue with that.
johndoughty (5438) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. Bronze with a medium head. Some maltiness with a gentle bitterness. Well bottled and a very good session bitter. Title is a nice play on words. justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2012
Bottle from S H Jones, Bicester. Bottle conditioned. Pours a deep copper, faintly red with a high, firm tan head and no sediment. The aroma is pleasantly complex with raisin fruitiness, rich malt and a slightly vinous quality. Sharp almost (but not quite) creamy bitterness fills the mouth with a roasty sweetly milk chocolate maltiness and a dry fig flavour. A dry sweet treacle and plum compote aftertaste lingers for a while and slowly fades into a sugary malt. This is another wonderfully clean tasting beer from Hoggleys, but also complex and well balanced if erring a touch on the sweet side. Worth seeking out. bembelembe (219) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 9, 2009
Quite roasted character with wheat taste and herbal flavor. Medium high bitterness. Mild hops, spices and touches of fruits. Unclear hazy light amber body with yeasty particles.
FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2010
500ml bottle - at ChrisO’s - thanks!cgarvieuk (24462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2011
6 Slightly acetic at first, but softens to a general graininess
4 Rich orange, small head
7 Full malty taste, a touch sweet, hops low
4 refreshing palate, crisp carbonation. Finish lightly bitter
13 Full body, very good for a bottled beer. Like it.
cask at cloisters ... copper ... sweet toffee malts ... dark berry nose ... dark fruits ... hint of smoke ... decent enough MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2008
A Mes rate: gravicask at Peterborough Beer Festival.RichardGretton (4770) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2008
Light golden brown with a thin white film. nicely fruity with some reasonable sweetish malt and a stong earthy character. Faint roasty notes and a dry bready finish tha lingers for some time. Not bad at all.
[email protected]fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2010
Inn, Gumley, Leicestershire. Golden brown beer with a strong head. The aroma is mildly hopped , and the flavour is lightly hopped and roasted. Overall a nice gently roasted and mildy bitter beer.
Clear medium amber orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light to moderate hoppy. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.