tombyars (1702) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in August 2005. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear mahogany in colour with a thin white head. Slight note of toffee apple in the short aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a moist maltloaf base with a touch of molasses. Lacking in body and complexity though. Strong metallic tang to the aftertaste with hop resins adding a earthy, tealeaf note. Finish is quite dry with a hop bite still evident on the palate. A reasonable session ESB but there better examples out there - but maybe not in 1997? armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 6, 2012
0,5 l bottle as a gift.RichardGretton (4770) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2012
Clear brown ale with a creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel and fruity character of hops, nice yeast. Médium bodied, oily slip, fine fruity hops with rosehip and herbs. Nice one with a good bitter aftertaste.
Bottle. Brown beer with a strongish head. The aroma is well roasted, and the flavour is deeply roasted with a caramel bitterness. Overall a very drinkable bitter.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2011
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a dark red colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasty malt, caramel and coffee. Similar flavours with ovaltine also. Mild carbonation and a dry finish. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Amber / brown pour with a hoppy malty aroma.
A carmale malt and hoppy taste with a bready finish. It was ok.
Yeastyboys (3) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2011 does not count
What a complex beer, malty, earthy,chocolate notes, so well balanced by the bitterness, a classic, such a change from pale over the top vindaloo beers that are in fashion at the moment. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2011
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Clear amber colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma and flavour are both crisp crystal malty notes as well as caramel and mild chocolate maltyness. Also rather grassy and floral hopping and slight dried fruityness.
Pint(s) at the Waggon Inn Gateshead. Dark brown with an off white dense head, and beautifully clear body: looked like a "well kept" pint. Rich burnt toffee flavour, medium bodied, and enough astringency in the finish to make you want another. To be honest, I drank this quite often when it first came out, so it became a "default" pint when there wasn’t anything unfamiliar or more tempting, but its worth acknowledging as a very good example of a straightforward, honest, premium bitter. niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
On cask at Barley Mow, Birtley, Tyne & Wear. It’s looks a cracking pint and was well kept. Very earthy in it’s taste though, pleasant but not exceptional EdKing (2586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2011
UPDATED: APR 23, 2013 Pint in White Horse, off Carnaby St. Pours a swirling dark brown bitter with a thick head. Aroma is herbal, earthy with biscuit malt and floral hops. Taste is toffee malt, floral hops and a dry bitter finish.