luttonm (6271) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2017 nickhsw19 (2) - London, Greater London, - OCT 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I lived in Wandsworth for a few years in the early 1980s so this was the regular beer of choice.
More recently, I frequented both The Ram in Hammersmith and The One Tun in Goodge Street.
While the beer is fine in both establishments, in the former theres an unfortunate tendency for ’No Special’ and often ’No (Youngs) Bitter’ either.
The One Tun still manages to sell the range, but something I’ve noticed since the Wells merger is that while the beer is more consistent, its nowhere near as good.
Queens Arms, London. First pint in town. Thick, overworked head. Clear, darker amber hue. Sweet, round malt. Nominally sweet, some butterscotch, very round. Missing any sort of bite or bitterness at all. Not a favorite. Towey1989 (2818) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2017
Cask at The Red Lion, Leek (Hydes) A clear amber colour with a medium off white head. Aroma of caramel, some fruit, slight cereal and subtle earthy hops. Taste of caramel, bready malts, fruit, some cereal, slight yeast and subtle earthy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A dryish, yeasty bitterness in the finish. A standard bitter, similar to Bass as if it’s in good form it’s a good drink. This is decent for a bitter. niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2017
Cask at The Plough, Bignall End. Pours amber with an off white head. Cereal, malt, some hop. Average. ralphdot (1094) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
4.5% amber in colour with a good head, some hops and caramel in the aroma and a nice bitter taste. JorgeLee (2116) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2016
Cask at the Duke of Clarence SW5. Deep brown colour. Malty with some heavy fruity notes, Christmas cake, raisins, purple fruit. Sweet but a decently bitter finish. A little bit hard work. Decent enough wintry bitter.
theprof (947) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2016
Cask. Pours copper brown. Aroma mildly malted. Tastes sour mash. Slightly fusty aftertaste.. Not great Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 16, 2016
Pours amber with a thick head. Malty caramel aroma. Taste is a bready sweetness. thepatrickman (1336) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2016
A bit more flavor and a bit more alcohol than the standard Young’s Bitter. Still pretty sessionable at 4.5%, and still reasonably light flavored. Good but not great. Parmenion777 (293) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2016 Clear amber pour, with a creamy white head that quickly dissipated. A nice malty caramel aroma, a little fruit and grassy hops. Some lacing; toasted malted caramel taste, a little fruit. A slightly oily feel in the mouth but a good spicy bitter finish. Ktwse (4882) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Pours clear amber with low white head. Aroma of toffee, malt, light citrus. Taste is mild bitter with subtle balancing sweetness. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.