JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask pour at Craft Beer Co. Darkish orange pour, medium carbonation. A soft floral note to begin the nose, tapering off into modest bitters and a touch of malt. Body is a tad waxy, but smooth and enjoyable for the most. Flavors are a bit underdeveloped compared to some of the great session brews I sampled on my most recent trip. Modest citrus notes enliven things, and there’s a leafy tea finish that I usually enjoy in bitters. But something about it felt a bit perfunctory.
olsvammel (6791) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Akkurat. It had a light taste of yeast and flowers. Similar taste, a bit mild but easy to drink.
rarbring (2288) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: The smell has honey and peaches in it. Some sour grass.
Appearance: The beer is clouded pale amber, a white rather firm head that leaves no lacing and no curtains.
Taste: The taste is mostly fruity, apricots, lemon, some peel bitterness at the end.
Palate: Little carbonation, watery and with a small body, but rather refreshing a slight dry finish.
Overall: A lawn mower bitter? This beer was a real ale version and claimed to be only 3.8%, and for such low ABV it was not at all bad.
Note: Cask at Oliver Twist. Reviewed 2011-09-14.
mike_77 (6079) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle Conditioned. A gusher. Light brown colour. Quite a strong carbonation. Flavour is impaired by the gas but a light malty flavour comes through. Slightly metallic aftertaste.
BlackHaddock (6908) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A beautiful sunny afternoon on Friday 7th September 2012 saw my father and I join in R.A.T.2012 (Rail Ale Trail part 2). Split between three bars along the Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury railway line: they had over 50 different beers to try: this was one of them.
Half-pint, gravity fed in the fest tent behind ‘The Odfellows’ in Shifnal.
Light amber, golden brown, you choose: a white head tried to sit on top, but failed to stay around too long.
Not too sure how this became CAMRA Champion Beer a few years back as it wasn’t any better than other beers on the day I tried it. Nice blend of flavours with the hops foremost in the smell and taste stakes. Well balanced and a pleasant enough session beer but nothing to set it apart from the rest of the field.
Finwe (436) - Grankulla, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Oliver Twist. Clear copper colour with a white head. Malty, grainy flavour with some grassy hops. Clean, malty flavour with some hops, probably East Kent Goldings. Dry and bitter finish.
finol (3264) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Oliver Twist.
Pours amber with a white, for a cask ale, big head.
Yet again, for a cask ale, bitter taste taste of plilsner like hops and honney.
taganaya (39) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask. Clear gold with white head. Smells buscuity, malty, bit skunky. Taste is malty, sour, moderate hops, some yeast. Bit syruppy.
zacgillbanks (4901) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Boots Christmas Beer Gift Pack in Bewcastle. Golden coloured with a sweet toffee and citrus fruity flavour with a slight woody finish.
dynamiteninja (1844) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle conditioned, verified by CAMRA. Gold body. Retentive medium white head. Floral, fresh wild raspberries, hoppy. Gentle bittersness edged off with some bitter raspberry tang. Dry finish. Soft mouthfeel. Syrupy body. Very good summer beer.