Brewed by Maxim
Style: Mild Ale
Houghton le Spring, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
This traditional dark northern ale has been brewed especially for the Wetherspoon Autumn 2011 real-ale festival. A lightly hopped and full-bodied beer, it has sweet blackcurrant flavours and a dryness from the roasted barley, leaving a lingering, creamy and smooth finish on the palate Hops: Goldings, Willamette

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
worldbeertaste (1796) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2011
Solid red with a thin tan head. Light Walnut blackberry and roast smell. Medium light body. Creamy. Delicious berry chocolate, dark and juicy malt with a delicious roast aftertaste. It is truly delicious. Goes down easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (22145) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2011
cask at standing order ... dark brown ... nice tan head ... soft sweet toffee fruit ... big berry nose ... very run of mill but im really liking this ... dark malts ... quite sweet roast fruits ... juicy malts ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (19176) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2011
Cask at The Crosse Keys, JDW, London. Pours red-brown with a creamy, beige head. Light roast aroma with hints of wood. Sweet flavor, mild roasted malts, subtle milk chocolate, some fine bread. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Mild roasty finish, lightly toasted sugar, faint leafy bitterness, a bit of bread. Very easy-drinking beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17457) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Cask handpull at Leicesyer Square Spoons. Very deep brown ruby colour with lasring thick cream head. Its a brown ale as far as I can tell. Lotz of rich slightly dry malt. Aroma of cake and malt tastes of cake and malt. Very decent condition and very drinkable. Decent beer. Lightish in abv but full of flavour and condition. Likeable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleManTom (195) - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2011
JDW in Manchester, part of the beer festival theyd got on. Lovely beer, dark red/brown with a good beige head. Nose of coffee, dark fruits. Flavour of roast, slight coffee. Low carbonation, very easy drinking ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1293) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
Hand pulled cask at The Tickenham Inn (JDW) Ickenham. Dark brown with a creamy unsparkled off white head., Lovely soft sweet malts but complemented by fresh clean fruity hops. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12999) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2011
Cask at the George, Croydon. It pours very dark brown, with a decent beige head. The nose is chocolate, caramel, treacle and smoke. The taste is chocolate, caramel, wood, leather, dark dried fruit, blueberry, warming spice and coffee, with a dry finish. Medium body, soft carbonation and decent balance. Smooth and easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2186) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2011
[Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading] Dark brown with a cream head. Smooth, sweet and comforting, with a restrained roastiness, chocolate and caramel throughout. Very mellow, one to slowly melt into and relax.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4481) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 8, 2011
Cask @ Crystal Palace, JDW. Spoons Real Ale Festival autumn 2011. Deep bordeaux red colour, beige head. Nose is light roasted malts, coffee and dark fruits. Flavour of roasted malts, light coffee, fruits. Thin bodied. Shame, lots of potential here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (6170) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2011
Cask at the Cornfield Garage (JDW), Eastbourne. Deep tawny brown with a loose beige head; straightforward malty aroma; smooth with a malty flavour but lighter than the traditional "heavy"; the finish is dry with toasty malts. A satisfying malty pint.

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