SilkTork (5926) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2002
A low abv bottle conditioned bitter from this enterprising Buckinghampshire microbrewery. Vale Brewery started in 1995 by the brothers Stevens, and have already acquired a few CAMRA awards for their cask ales. It's uncommon for a British Bitter with such a low abv to work well as a bottle conditioned beer, but the brothers are careful to put in some sweet wort to give the fresh yeast something to work with. The result is very impressive - the closest thing I have yet encountered to a traditional British Bitter in the bottle. This tastes fresh with a delicate balance of fruitiness and hoppy bitterness. Mmmmmm! MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2004
Cask @ Green Dragon & The Rising Sun, Haddenham, UK Backlog 14 Aug 2004imdownthepub (15528) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2003
A very nice session beer.Would this be at my local there would be several long sessions indeed. Quite complex for its strength, with some slight butterscotch and nuts. Finishes off with a nice hoppy aftertaste that calls for more of the same.
Cask Conditioned. Mid brown beer with light head. Impressive fruity malts with some nutty notes. Fresh good drinking ale. berkshirejohn (6771) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2007
Cask at the Jolly Anglers, Reading. A warm sunny day, so a chance to sit outside on the bank of the River Kennet and fully appreciate the incredible colour of this beer - brilliant copper, with fiery red and orange tints as it catches the sun, topped by a thin white head - an exceptional sight. Pleasant aroma of oranges; fruity and dry to start, then a juicy fruity burst; leading to a dry and bitter caramel finish. Excellent, but I would have preferred a stronger finish. Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2006
Cask conditioned @ Giddy Bridge (JDW), Soton. Simple upfront with distinct fruity aromas. Light cakey/vanilla sweet flavour despite being quite dry, almost immediately obliterated by the bitterness then leaving a chalky feel with a hint of residual sweetness. A decent session bitter.
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle from Real Ale. Clear, glowing amber with orange notes and a big white head. Well-balanced aroma of caramel fruit and citrussy hoppiness. Taste of raisins and toffee. Good bitterness. Light-bodied with good carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. One of the more complex bitters I have tasted. cgarvieuk (26422) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2008
Cask at 3 Judges Glasgow ... Copper ... sweet fruity malt nose ... juicy ... little caramel ... bitter linger. haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2004
Cask at Babington Arms, Derby (JDW). Bright brown, hint of head, liked the hoppy finish with a real sort of hedgerow berry fruit taste - not blatant but just enough to make you go ooooh. Better the sum of its parts. Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2011 2004 rating: Bottle conditioned from Wycombe Wines, High Wycombe, Bucks. 500ml. Interesting malty and nutty ale with notes of honey and some dusty hops thrown in. It works well for a bottle conditioned bitter. (3.5/5)
2009ish rerate, entered 2011. Bottle conditioned again. An orange colour, sparking clear, a thin tight white head. Subdued fruity aroma. Smooth easy drinking fruity bitter. About as good a bottled beer as you are likely to find for the strength. (3.3/5)