St. Austell HSD (Hicks Special Draught) (Cask)

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Brewed by St. Austell
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
St. Austell, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
Our most famous and notorious ale. HSD is a full-bodied strong Cornish ale brimming with a kaleidoscope of flavours. Brewed with plenty of malt and lashings of English Fuggles and Golding hops, HSD is truly a classic ale of considerable depth and complexity.

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3.2
john44 (3420) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2017
Cask at GBBF 2006. (Backlog / historic rating from old records. NO tasting notes taken / kept) (Backlog)

3.3
MeadCaptain95 (14) - - AUG 25, 2017
Cask at the Crow’s Nest nr Liskeard. Apparently known as ’High Speed Death’... Tastes innocuously like a mild. Caramel and nut flavours. Rather good.

3.5
Bijl (838) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2017
Ambergeel, crèmekleurige schuim, licht wazig, weinig koolzuur.
Aroma: Moutig, fruitig, karamel.
Smaak: volgt het aroma met de redelijke bitter. Vrij Zacht, zacht koolzuur. Afdronk is bitter en moutig. Licht spicy.

4
Luneylane (249) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - MAY 28, 2017
Draught at the Harbour Inn, Padstow. Aroma: bread, wood. Appearance: clear mahogany, 5 mm. foam. Palate: medium-bodied and thick, soft carbonation, long bitter finish. Taste: medium-bitter, very complex finish with licorice. Known as ’High Spark Diesel’ around St Austell, mother’s milk to me. Great beer.

3.2
Finn (8257) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2016
Fra cask på Lord High Admiral, Plymouth 23 Sep 16. Mørk amber. Lavt tett skum med litt farge. God plommearoma. Myk munnfølelse. Smaken balansert. Subtile smaksnyanser. Litt mandler & litt frukt. Blir tørr etter hvert.

2.7
AndreasP (319) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2016
Probably a very genuine bitter with faint toffee and a more pronounced bitterness. Thin and not very interesting

3.4
Rune (13643) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2016
Half pint, cask ale at Lord High Admiral. Thanks to Finn for the treat. A clear copper coloured beer. Crocheted lacing from a diminishing beige head. Plain caramel aroma. Nuts and caramel to the taste buds backed by a touch of raisin. Smooth bittersweet tail. Medium bodied. Pleasant (Plymouth 23.09.2016).

3.1
47574xeCD (1277) - Coventry, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2015
Cask at The Cornish Arms, Hayle.
Poured clear amber/gold white head.
Nose is malt, caramel and toffee, taste is much the same, easy drinking beer.

3.1
mR_fr0g (13657) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2015
Cask at gbbf day 5. Mostly clear golden amber coloured pour with a loose off white head. Aroma is caramel and toffee, mineral. Berry. And English hop. Flavour is composed of sweet toffee. Caramel and light apple. Palate is sweet, sugary, lowish carbonation. Not great.

3.2
kwik-lime (2061) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Cask at the Dolphin in Penzance. Some hint of caramel, quite malty, enjoyably full-bodied beer.


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