TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from the bottle, a slightly hazy and carbonated amber with a thin bubbly head. A strong sweet yeasty aroma with caramal and a lingering tartness left in the nose. The carbonation is present in the mouth, disguising what is a creamy mouthfeel initially, but moves to a strong sharpness with vinous flavours.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted 02/06/2006. 500ml bottle, discounted, from Rumble’s Wellington. Beautiful bright shiny copper, pinkish tints in the light. Large off-white airy head thins and laces. Barley sugars, pear, winey, sharpish yeast notes and some warm esters. Bone dry in the mouth, fruity, and quite yeasty and tannic on the palate. Strongly bitter middle-finish. Stonefruit lingers. Lightweight and prickly. An interesting drop but a bit sharp in the mouth. Riesling on the nose, cabernet sauvignon in the mouth.
thedm (6046) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew marked best before 9/24/99 poured a large sized head of foamy mostly diminishing finely sized off-white colored bubbles that left behind a transparent carbonated golden brown colored body. The aroma was mildly malty. The mouth feel was slightly acidic and mediumly tingly from start to finish. The flavor contained notes of mild malts and hops.
hotstuff (5077) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned. Medium sized fizzy ivory head that mostly diminished, poor lacing, fizzy carbonation, transparent, and an orange hue. Malty, hoppy, sweet, and a fruity nose. Flavor was bitter, sweet, malty, and a wood finish. Tingly, thin palate. Light-medium body.
Fin (10300) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 Bottle 08-04-06. A warm golden colour, pleasantly hoppy and bitter. An excellent beer really enjoyed as had not had it for some time. A7 A4 T8 P3 Ov16 3.8 Had this again Bottle picked up at Waitrose, Wallingford, Oxon 15.11.11 consumed the same day Pours amber with large foamy sticky white head, really sticking to the glass on the way down. The carbonation is quite busy initially but settles down after a while. Flinty nose, wet pebbles, touch tinny, with some dusty hops. Quite soft in mouth, a little orange but there is a huge lengthy bittersweet rush, finish is a little dry, toffee and malts show more as this warms, good beer. A7 A5 T7 P4 Ov14 3.7
dj (603) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 500ml, bottle conditioned. Medium head. Hoppy. quite fruity aroma. Clear amber appearance. A bitter, malty, slightly fruity taste. Medium carbonation. Nice, but not amazing.
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Worthington White Shield pours to a beautiful, bright golden, pale color, with a nice white head, and a good carbonation. One caveat, be very careful when you pour this beer, you do not want to roust the yeast in the bottle. If you do, your beer will become cloudy and this will effect the flavor profile as well. Spent yeast is not what you want to taste in this beer, so give it a slow and gentle pour, and leave a slight bit of beer in the bottle if you have to. The nose is wonderful, really nice hop aromatic flood the nose, and this is coupled with a nice bit of pale malt aroma as well. The palate is very firm. Good pale and crystal malt flavors, slightly sweet, biscuit like, and grainy. Nice fruity estery flavors are present as well. This beer has good body and is slick on the tongue. This beer finishes with more great pale malt character up front, then dries out with a nice, bitter, hop bite. This is an outstanding bottled pale ale. This beer is the perfect foil to good,(yes good!) British fare such as beef Wellington, or Toad in the hole. I would also pair this with a boiled dinner of ham, potato, and cabbage, or fish and chips.
JorisPPattyn (9878) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2007 Very old bottle - meaning the original, real thing...
Foxy-chestnut beer, clear (!); small, just off-white head, very dense. Quite nutty, walnut oil, but not much else. Beautifully aged, delicate brandy taste, with winelike madeirisation; a woody, oak-like finish. Very well bodied, oily MF. More nutty, not over-oxydised aftertaste. Nice, malty, chewy beer, just a little too light to my taste - but the real thing.
And than now, the cask version, as per Mark Dorber
Amberish-orange beer with a better than usual B.C."H.". 4/5 Cookie malts, very fresh hops, but dosed, hint at caramel, whiff of ureum. 7/10 Very "beery" ale: combination of malts, caramel- and cookie- , fresh noble UK-hops, bit citrussy, and most important, in top-shape, complex. Grapey retronasal ending quite dry. 8/10 Light to medium bodied, slight slickness, sticky aftermath 4/5 Exceptionally good-tasting White Shield, better than I’ve ever had it. 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 1. Bottle 07/03/2005
Golden amber coloured and hoppy with a slightly creamy lasting pleasant malt finish.
2. Cask Handpump at the Fat Cat, Sheffield 15/03/2008
Floral hop aroma. Golden amber coloured hoppy and floral with hints of bitterness and dryness in a crisp and creamy malt finish.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Cloudy orange-amber with a large and fluffly, but short lasting head. In the glass the aroma is strong on piney hops and stone-fruit, but it’s relatively restrained on tasting, and with some woody notes in the aftertaste. The flavour is quite bitter, as you’d expect and hope, and is well spread throughout to provide taste sensations all over the tongue. Medium bodied, and with a great carbonation level that is refreshing and not overly gassy. A good solid beer this one, easy to consume and enjoyable