john44 (3392) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2017 BlackHaddock (7674) - Shropshire, - NOV 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An old favourite of mine from a now closed brewery: this beer keeps getting resurrected for Wetherspoon Beer Festivals by Marstons (they being the buyers out of Mansfield brewery some years ago).
Hand-pulled pint on 27th Oct 2012 in the Telford Town centre Wetherspoons: Lovely rich brown body with a creamy coloured head.
Sweet malty molasses in the nose and taste: caramel with hints of toast and toffee.
Although fairly malty and sweetish it does have a hop semi-bitter undertone and is balanced in overal flavouring between the malts and hops.
They claim the recipe is the original: I doubt they’ve bought the same high quality ingrediants that were used back in 2000 and before, because this is a shaddow of the beer I remember, even though I enjoyed this new version.
Cask Half Pint – JDW Fest Autumn 2012 - Amber Brown in colour. Malty; biscuity malts, caramel. Fruity; hints of dried fruits. Hoppy; grassy hops. Easy drinking. (2012-10-31) Stuu666 (14841) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2015
Cask at the David Macbeth Moir. Pours light copper, nose is light fruit, toffee, taste is similar. SilkTork (5854) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Oct, 2012. JDW Winchester. Amber. Dryish. Easy drinking. Touch of Irn Bru. Nice. downender (8882) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol, November 2012. Deep gold with a slight, off-white head. My notes for this, or rather note, merely says "empty". From memory, it was thin, malty and inoffensive. ManVsBeer (10946) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2012
Maltiness throughout in aroma and taste with a biscuit nose and flavour. Golden with the thinnest of heads.
mr_h (5943) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
Cask by handpump at Crystal Palace, Glasgow (24 Oct 12) - clear amber brown, thin white head, no bubbles, nutty malt aroma, caramel, bit of toffee, subtle hop Rune (13507) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2012
Cask at Penderels Oak, High Holborn. Festival ale poured into a 1/3 pint glass. Bright naked surface to a clear, ruby-brown coloured body. Smell of dark fruits. Caramel malts alongside hints of dark fruits. Backdrop of bitterness. Likable (JDW real ale festival, London 01.11.2012). Cunningham (8387) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2012
Copper colour with a fine white creamy head that leaves a fine lacing. Caramel malt and light hoppy aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture. Low carbonation. Mild caramel malt flavour and a fine hoppy ending.berkshirejohn (6654) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
[On handpull at The West Kirk JDW in Ayr, Scotland]
Cask at the John Russell Fox (JDW), Andover. Golden amber with a tight cream head; floury aroma; crisp and sweet with caramel malts and a touch of citrus; the finish is light and biscuity, leaving a Werthers toffee aftertaste.