The_Osprey (7595) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at JDW Putney. Clear dark orange amber, still, decent foamy off-white head, sparse lacing. Aroma is caramelly malt. Body is medium, slightly foamy, smooth. Taste is toffee, lightly ashy, slight citrus, some chemical, a little drying. Decent.
Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 8, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep ruby red with a light tan head. Malt nose with some slight floral hints. In the mouth, nice and solid maltiness throughout, peppered with light grasses, a little spice, some boiled fruits.
HopsandBolts (258) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from the LCBO.
Appearance: Pours a dark ruby brown with a couple fingers of off white head. Not a lot of retention but some nice thick lacing is left behind.
Aroma: Caramel, butterscotch, dark malts, toffee.
Flavours: Vanilla, caramel, toffee, dark malts.
Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery with little carbonation.
Overall: An okay English bitter. I found it a bit on the thin side. I realize bitters arenít usually a thick beer but I think this one was a little thin for the style. Also, no real bitterness to speak of, just a lot of sweetness. Not a lot going on.
Hophaze (192) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby color with minimal head or lacing. Roasted flavors by thin bodied. English style. Nothing fancy.
spartakbarnsley (67) - St Petersburg, RUSSIA - DEC 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask pint in Carre Arms, Sleaford. Not quite sure what has gone wrong with Hobgoblin. The beer that got me started with craft brews, and used to be one of my favourite bottled ales always disappoints on tap. Metallic aroma, thin and watery appearance . Watery mouth feel, metallic and astringent taste with little discernible hoppiness. Struggled to finish the pint. Meh.
kermis (12398) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear brown with a light tan head. Aroma of toffee, biscuity malt and light fruit. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
zacgillbanks (4901) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mini Cask from Tesco, Gateshead. Dark copper coloured with red fruit, malt, chocolate and burnt toffee flavours followed by a roasted, nutty and warming fruity finish. It also has fruity currants and a creamy smooth mouthfeel to the finish.
JoshRaburn (110) - - DEC 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The cask was on good form, but strangely it was not much of an improvement over the bottled version. Very rare for a British beer where the two forms are usually like night and day. I havenít had much if any Marstonís cask beer in the last several years, so maybe it has to do with the cask doctoring that people in CAMRA complain accuse the big nationals of doing? Cask breathers or pellet capsule conditioning or something like that? Or maybe itís just the massive drop in gravity? Iím sure this was better last time I had it (back in 2004 ish). Still not terrible by any stretch. The brown ale flavours come through nicely. Was served too cold at the Museum Tavern - to be fair the casky character did improve slightly as it warmed. But there is a certain blandness. The hops lacked strength, and the malt lacked strength and complexity for a beer this dark.
mnmike (1085) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at Beefeater in Portsmouth - too light of a beer for my tastes, but has good roasted complexity
Cunningham (7445) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Deep nutty color with a creamy off white head. Lovely lacing.
Aroma: Toffee and some fruity notes.
Palate: Medium body. Tad sweet and a moderate bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Toffee, nutty, mild spices and a bit fruity.
Overall impression: Nice and easy drinkable.
Personal stats: Handpull at The Old English Pub in Copenhagen, Denmark