Ben (2) - Cheltenham, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2004 does not count
One of the best bitters I have had the pleasure to taste. Gloucestershire Beer of the Year 2004, and it shows. Rich and Hoppy; an excellent pint. Sigmund (7825) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Bottle conditioned, 500 ml. A gift from chris_o, a very fine gift indeed! Thanks! Pours with an enormous and lingering foamy head, deep golden colour. Fairly clear till I disturbed the sediment in the end. Lovely hoppy aroma, "typically British" - at its best. Flavour is hoppy throughout on a nice malty background with some toffee notes, again "typically British". This is what John Smith’s SHOULD have tasted like!
Rerate, now available in Norway at Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Still a great beer! This time I also get some hints of smoke in the flavour, which does not make the beer any worse. Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Cask at GBBF 08. Slightly hazy dark amber with a great flowery and earthy scent. Smooth and very flavoursome, this is a very good bitter. rauchbier (3925) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2004 Bottle conditioned, from Fabeers in York. Orange amber, good white head but big bubbled and shortlived, good condition. Strangely appealing aromas of caramel, peardrops, hop oil and a herby weediness that defies identification. Good solid malt base in the mouth with some caramel and more herbal notes. Long earthy finish with hints of twigs, bark and a tingle of hop bitterness.
bhensonb (15612) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Roasted malt for the nose.Deep coppery amber. Poured a large head which quickly reduced to tattered lacing. Woody notes,astringent, smoke? in the middle, finishing dry and bitter. Botle conditioned, full dress cat label. Quite good.
imdownthepub (15131) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2004
Bottle conditioned. Orange amber with cream head. Less carbonated than most bottled beers which has restored my confidence a little in the species, good fresh flavour, little overboiling, nicely hopped and mid roast malt. A very pleasant bottled beer. jbrus (4989) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 [email protected], Apr 09, 3.0wheresthepath (2371) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2008
: Citrus, orange aroma with a hint of caramel. Hazy, amber colour, beige firm head, good lace. Citrus, light sweet, light bitter. Sparkling and fruity dry finish. Not as good as last time. Recipe change? [email protected], Feb 07, 3.6
: Nice grassy and herbal aroma with a hint of caramel. Amber color, off-white head, good lace. Some chunks of yeast floating around but I don’t really care if the beer’s good. Grassy and some caramel in the flavor. Light sweet and soft bitterness. Little dry. Great session beer.
[500ml bottle from Three Choirs Vineyard shop] Gift from Mum & Dad - cheers! Moderate white head, some carbonation (about right for the beer). Good floral hops, some malt, a little earth and maybe some sweet orange. Well balanced with an interesting mix of flavours - I would have liked more of this. Could maybe do with just a hint more bitterness though. gam (4037) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2009
Good head carbonation also,amber pour,aroma,hops,fruit,malt richness,toffee.Flavour toffee,nuttyness,caramel,grapefruit,hop bitters like fruit peel,great taste,finish good bitter/sweet flavours malt and hop,lovely bitter ale. leaparsons (10698) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle. Dark gold with a massive head. Aromas are fresh, floral and zesty. Some caramel with citrus. Quite hoppy with some sweet pine. Flavours are dry biscuit with carmel malts and toast. Some toffee notes, also, with a crisp citrus bite. Lightly floral. Sweet, fruity and bitter on the finish. A good refreshing bottle beer.