tombyars (1768) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2012
First tasted this Ruby Ale in the Crystal Palace, Glasgow (JDW) in October 2007. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear ruby red in colour with a thick tan coloured head. Strong toffee aroma like Cairngorm Wildcat long in intensity. Thick creamy mouthfeel, amazing texture for a 4.5% and good lacing. Pale malt base gives a robust but smooth creamy butterscotch flavour. Dusty hop resins give a prickly earthy note to the short aftertaste. Finish is slightly drier with a hint of liquorice evident amongst the sweet caramel taste. A decent session Ruby Ale and tastes far stronger than ABV suggests. Well recommended. Svesse (8803) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2007
(Cask at Eagle, Hoxton, London, 28 Nov 2007) Dark ruby colour with frothy, off-white head. Fruity, slightly sourish nose with notes of cowberries and spices. Fruity, spicy taste with cowberries, raspberries and caramel. A bit strange. dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2007
Cask handpump at The White Horse, Harborne, Birmingham. Copper with a good head. Scent is spicy with some sugars. Watery and sweet. Not much taste; just a hint of caramel. Dry end. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at Baker Street ’Sporks.DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2007
Amber brown with a slim off white head and lots of lacing. Sweet caramelly malt, aroma with some slight hops underneath. Full flavoured with a nice tobacco and malt finish.
Knickersby ’Spoons. Ruby pint with well-retained cream froth. Aroma is sourish and vinous with plenty of buttery vanilla. Flavour is more of the same with smooth berryish fruit, caramel, and red wine creaminess. Unusually well-conditioned and tasty back-to-back with 4 pints of Church. Enjoyed it.
jammin7jg (139) - Burnage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2007
[CASK: Ra!n Bar, Manchester 02/12/06]
A good autumn ale that is more of a winterish ale I thought. A rich ruby ale with a pleasant finish of good flavour. Worth a try. SilkTork (5855) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2006
JDW, Eastbourne. Soft, frothy head. Autumnal. Damp leaves. A typical Autumn Ale - a splash of crystal malt. Slightly stale tasting. Not great. Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Nov 07 Cask conditinoed @ Humble Plumb. Sweet caramel, heavy syrupy body. Poor. 2.3
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2006
Oct 06Cask conditioned @ Standing ORder (JDW), Soton. Nicely malty without being sweet or over the top. Robust bitterness which feels remniscent of autumn walks through woods surrounded by fallen leaves. Not much else to it but quite drinkable. 3.3
Cask at The Pilgrim’s Progress (JDW), Bedford. Orange-amber, slightly hazy. Small white head. Served chilled. Negligible aroma. Quite a nice, rich, fruity taste with early bitterness. StueyD (1586) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2006
A dark, chestnut, red brown beer with a weak, beige-white head. the nose is a mellow blend of sweet malt and liquorice. The taste is of the sweet malt again, along with the liquorice, there is a tiny hint of dry bitterness in the finish to perfectly balance the sweetness. The aftertaste is smooth and bitter sweet. (Bottle - purchased from Waitrose as part of a three pack of small craft brewers of Britain).