Vladivostok (483) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2010
Gentle malt aroma followed by an even gentler malt flavour and a very soft mouthfeel. Hops not especially in evidence until the finish which is surprisingly long. A very pleasant beer and one which even the uninitiated would not find offensive. Odd name for a beer brewed in the least maritime of Englandís counties. Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Cask at the White Horse 40 from 40 Festival, 1st May 2010. Reddish deep copper colour. Fruity taste yet definitely dry. However, to my mind, the two characteristics combine in antiphase and make the beer worse than sum of its parts. evergreen0199 (3323) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2010
Cask at Three Horsehoes, Marlow, Bucks. An amber coloured pour with a medium off white head. Fruity, malty aroma. Tastes malty, fruity, slightly hoppy, dry. Itís OK. joe19612 (2900) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
Cask @ Woking Beer Festival 2009. Pours a deep dark chestnut colour with an off-white head;. Good aroma of malt and fruit, the taste is also fruity which leads to a dry bitter finish. A very well made beer. wheresthepath (2321) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2016 Overall rating is average of both ratings:
[First rate - 17/3/09 - Cask at the Hope Tap, Reading - 6/4/8/3/15] Copper-red colour with a moderate, creamy off-white head - a nice looking pint. Negligible carbonation. Taste just makes me think of autumn - woodiness, crisp dry leaves, some fruitiness (sweet apples) and a hint of smoke. Thereís a crisp bitterness from the off, but this is contrasted by sweetness behind and a mouthfeel that is possibly (and this is my only criticism) just a tad too syrup-y. For an autumnal-style ale, this went down a treat on a warm spring day - itís a top-notch example of an English bitter, and tastes stronger and more distinctive than the ABV suggests.
[Second rate - 5/10/13 - Cask at The Feathers, nr Cliveden, Bucks - 5/3/4/3/9] Long time since I rated this, and perhaps my tastes have changed, but this time round I didnít like this. Yes thereís some fruity malt and autumn leaves, but itís beaten into submission by bittersweet treacle. Too sweet up front, and with an unpleasant dirty bitterness left in your mouth afterwards. [Third rate - 19/1/16 - Gravity cask at the Swan, West Wycombe. RB score 8/4/7/4/15 (3.8)] Astonishing condition. Fresh as you like. Deep amber with a thin white head and a light sparkle. Woody up front, lots of fruit, a bit of toffee and a good leafy bitterness. A really flavoursome bitter in great condition. Excellent stuff. [Fourth rate - 19/1/16 - cask at the Plough, West Wycombe. RB score 6/3/6/2/11 (2.8)] Fruity with some caramel. OK, but not a patch on the same beer half an hour earlier at the Swan. Boy, this beer is affected by conditioning. Overall RB score is the average of all tastes.
downender (8586) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Edgar Wallace, London 3/7/08. Reddish-amber with a decent, tight off-white head. Big caramel and red fruit aroma. Sweet in flavour with a vinous edge and a short, bitter finish. Enjoyable. bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2008
Handpulled cask at JDW Watford. Chestnut with foamy off-white head. Malty then fruity with gentle hoppy finish. Very drinkable. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at Quinns
Dark coloured bitter with lots of malt and some sweet fruity notes. Very bland and boring. Fin (10478) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2007
Cask at the Kings Head, Fritwell, Oxon, 05-08-07 Poured amber in colour, nice fruity aroma which not surprisingly was replicated in the mouth, good solid, fruity beer with nice dry finish. Very nice. berkshirejohn (6451) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2007
Cask at the Old Manor House (JDW), Bracknell. Chestnut with an off-white head; deep malty aroma; fruity taste finishing with a slightly dry, rounded, bitterness. A well balanced bitter, but rather thin.