BlackHaddock (7515) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2012
March 2008: clear 500ml bottle, no BBD found, it must last forever!
Poured into a pint sleeve.
Good healthy looking copper/amber colour, clear with a few bubbles rising up to the white foaming head.
A sweet almost candy aroma hits your nose at first, it peters away to not much of anything, almost aroma-less towards the end.
Fairly bitter and refreshing taste, like a good English Bitter should taste. Hops and malted barley both evident, a good strong flavour when first tasted.
Although it has bite to it, there is a flaw in the beer. It doesn’t have enough umph to stay flavoursome in the mouth, it fades away very quickly to a nothingness.
Better than I anticipated, and not bad really. Cunningham (8176) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2012 Bottle. Amber colour with a thin white head. Sweet aroma. Caramel and som hop in the flavour. A bit waterish. Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2011
Rating from an old notebook. Bottle. Amber, thin head. A thin and boring bitter that’s actually quite a chore to drink. This is a decent bitter on cask but in the bottle it is not good by any means. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2008
Bottle from Morrisons. Aroma is typically green king, appley toffee yeast character, herbal nd grassy hop. Taste is similar, its actually well balan ced, however i can never get passed the apply toffee character. Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2008
Dark amber in colour. Smell of malt and hops. Slight malty taste. Fizzy. Wouldn’t say it was bitter as it stated on the bottle.
leaparsons (10657) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2008
Bottle. Amber with an off-white foam. Aromas are sweet caramel and biscuit with earthy hops. Flavours are caramel malts with tea and some light herbal notes. Dry towards the finish. Has hints of cardboard. Similar to Old Speckled Hen. harrisoni (19003) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2008
500ml bottle from Morrisons. Amber clear colour with disappearing beige head. Lots of candy sugar on aroma with some faint hop. Bit of yeast. It’s a dullish bitter in the mouth with poor pasteurised flavours. Some yeast flavour. Very faint hop presence on end. Bit of toast. hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2008
Copper amber. Medium malty aroma. Taste is initially sweet and malty, but a nasty metallic quality lurks beneath ready to spoil it. Not much else to say. DruncanVeasey (8260) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2008
Clean, shining and dull. Nose of vague nuttiness, wood, caramel. Trickles of lace. A dram of hopless stale malt. Soft and watery with butterscotch and soapy metallic hops. Slightly vile, bluntly bitter….a waste of pence and units. My least favourite kind of filtered dead cardboard ale.
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2008
Pretty boring really, especially when compared to Speckled Hen and Hen’s Tooth from the same stable. It has a bit of that Hen maltiness, but not much else - pretty bland.