deanso (10288) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - APR 15, 2012
Handpump at the black eagle, birmingham.
Creamy white head. Clear blond/amber pour. Smooth tombyars (1790) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Had this recently in my local Wetherspoons in Saltcoats, June 2006. First sampled this bitter way back in 1990 and this beer now lacks the complexity of yesteryear and has become a ghost of its former self. Cask, handpump dispense. Copper red in colour with a thin creamy white head. Sweet fruity aroma. Thin body and poor mouthfeel. Decent lacing. Pale malt complexes giving a digestive biscuit maltiness with raisin fruit notes. Metallic hop resin in the balanced but poor aftertaste. Finish is robust and malty with a hint of dry currants. A poor session bitter. ralphdot (1095) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2012
4.3% deep amber colour with a good head, malt aroma, good smooth malty taste, very nice beer. ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Appearance: Served up a clearish, dark amber-hued body with not so much a head as a pile of large, bone white bubbles.
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Smell: Cheerfully fruity, like a good whiff of fresh-baked fruitcake, but there’s also some cream caramel and herbs in there as well.
Taste: Modestly sweet, with malty flavors of toast and caramel. Nibble of tart apple skins. So far, it’s not nearly as fruity as the aroma, not by a long shot. Leafy, herbal hops with a light, cleansing bitterness. Firmly dry, herbal-toned finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.
Overall: Good enough, I guess.
On cask at the Atlanta Cask Fest. Pours a murky brown with a soft off-white head. Nose is malt, light fruit, and some mild hops. Flavor is similar with nice mild fruit, malt, and light hops. Enjoyable bitter from a cask.
luttonm (6981) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Cask in Cheltenham. Coppery brown, foamy head. Eggy-malt nose, sweet and not distinct hops. Standard. jackl (8557) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Cask. Deep amber color, small white head. Brown bread and some toffee on the nose. Grainy. The taste is lightly sweet, a bit of wood and caramel. The finish is watery, not particularly bitter. The body’s medium but lopsided, the finish too light. Overall, not my favorite. tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2011
Cask @ The Eldon Arms. Pours clear deep dark copper amber with a small off white head leaving lace. Aroma is malty, fruity, caramel and hoppy. Flavor is malty, fruity, bisquit, caramwl and well bitter. Finishes bitter and malty. olio (10694) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2011
Cask @ Duke of Wellington, Newcastle.Vladivostok (491) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2011
Pours dark copper colour with minimal head. Aroma of light malts, fruits and grass. Flavour is the same.
Dark for a bitter with a hard nutty flavour. Hops provide bitterness but little aroma or distinctive flavour. Medium-long finish. Not a beer I would like to drink every day but I do like a pint once in a while.