Cottage Reviews




ManVsBeer
3.1
Cottage Rebellion
Cask @ Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Dark clear copper with a small head. Crisp with a light tasting deeper fruitiness.
Monday, May 1, 2017

WaddlingPlatypus
3
Cottage Honey Bunny
Pint at the Cozy Club, Bath. Pale amber with a thin white head. Lemon curd aroma, with a curious, almost metallic blood note. Flavour is mostly bland lemon curd, with coriander and some flat citrus.
Sunday, April 23, 2017

ManVsBeer
2.9
Cottage Up And Under
Cask @ Briton’s Protection, Manchester. Copper with a small reddish glow and a very small creamy head. It has plenty of grainy malts creating a tasty bitter with a few nut flavours involved too.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

ManVsBeer
2.7
Cottage Lancelot
Cask @ Britons Protection, Manchester. Pale clear golden with a small head. Has an easy-drinking texture and a malty taste.
Sunday, April 2, 2017

FatPhil
3.1
Cottage Rebellion
Draught (Turf, Oxford)
Cupric, tight creamy head. Is there some aroma? Sweetish something perhaps? Full sweetish palate, soft and smooth. Simple and dullish taste, sweetish malts. Boring, but nothing actually wrong with this at all.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

FatPhil
3.3
Cottage Night Train
Draught (Turf, Oxford)
Hazy brown, tight beige head. Sweet spicy aroma, something a bit dodgy occasionally, but overall I liked it. Full palate, sweetish, a bit heavy. Cakey taste, some barley is clear. Finish is sweet. Egginess comes out more over time. Still, a very pleasant quaff.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

BeardedAvenger
3
Cottage Bombshell
Cask at Swan, Farnborough. Feintvfloral aroma - but obscured by cigarette smoke. A dark tarnished gold. Good thick white head. Light bitter with caramel undertones. Stronger in to finish. Light bodied. Slick. The finish smoothes out, ie neither abrupt nor long. Pleasant enough. Just not interesting.
Monday, March 13, 2017

ManVsBeer
2.8
Cottage Christmas Reserve
Cask @ Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Reddish-brown with a creamy head. Fuller-bodied ale with a very mild berry-fruitiness. Quite crisp.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

FatPhil
3.1
Cottage Mosquito
Gravicask (CWAF2017)
Toffee, caramel and black tea aroma. Mahogany-ish. Gently sweet in the mouth, some black tea, rather pleasant. Palate is a bit flat, but not unpleasantly so. Some tarriness in the finish. Spicy, almost gingerbready. Decent beer..

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

FatPhil
3
Cottage Red & Ruth
Gravicask (CWAF2017)
Ruddy brown, brief head. Smells of caramel and generic UK bitter. Taste has a Greene Kingy kind of feel to it, malty. A bit sticky. Finish is dull and twiggy, maybe a bit dry. Nothing particularly wrong with it.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

FatPhil
2.7
Cottage Re-Session Wheat Ale
Gravicask (CWAF2017)
Nice hazy yellow. Citrussy aroma, lemony, a bit harsh, quite pungent. Popcorny sweet malty in the taste. Somewhat messy wheat ale, unbalanced hopping is harsh.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

FatPhil
3.2
Cottage Pullman
Cask (Fort St. George, Cambridge)
Slightly apple-skin aroma, otherwise a pretty standard malty bitter aroma. Nice roasted barley taste, again some apple skins. Dry hoppy finish. Pretty nice bitter.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Jonb5
3.9
Cottage Norman’s Conquest MM (5.0%)
Pint at the King Charles I A: Mahogany colour, thick looking, one finger tanned head, decent retention, didn’t leave much lacing. S: Cocoa beans, dark chocolate. T: Malty raspberry gave way to dark chocolate finish with a hint of bitterness. M: Light body, reasonable amount of carbonation. O: Listed as a Bitter, but had real Porter qualities. Very nice.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

john44
3.2
Cottage Norman’s Conquest
Cask. Dark brown in colour. Very malty; roast (even burnt) malts, caramel & toffee. Fruity; dried fruits and berries. Sweet roasty/burnt malty throughout. Dryish finish. Surprisingly thin for ABV. Warming alcohol evident. (2008)
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ThirstyBird
2.8
Cottage Pacific
On cask at the Black Lion in Leighton Buzzard. The color is a slightly hazy golden color with an off-white head. The smell is simple with grain and grass. The taste is wet grain, some crispness ending dry. Light in body with mild carbonation.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

thejackpacker
2.8
Cottage Christmas Reserve
Cask at a pub in Mayfair. A nice bitter to pass the time but strangely intense bitterness.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

ManVsBeer
2.8
Cottage Pullman
Cask @ Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Dark clear red with a thick head. Strongish tasting and retains a nice texture. Its malts include a mild sweetness.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Vladivostok
3.7
Cottage Pacific
Pale amber bitter with the aroma of new mown hay and the flavour of freshly baked bread. Subtle and more-ish. Good beer.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

john44
2.9
Cottage Puffing Billy
Cask Pint at Priory Arms, Stockwell, London in Mar 2010 - Pale Yellowy Gold in colour. Fruity; bit citrus. Hoppy; grassy hop. Malty; buttery caramel. Mildly bitter fruity hoppy throughout. Nothing special. Drinkable. (2010-03)
Sunday, January 29, 2017

ManVsBeer
2.8
Cottage Black Diamond
Cask @ Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Dark clear brown with a creamy head. Fairly neutral and unadventurous in taste, but easy enough to sip.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

berkshirejohn
3
Cottage Sentimental Journey
Cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. A pale amber pour with a ring of white head; biscuity aroma; biscuity malt body with a slightly sour, grassy taste and some orchard fruit; then a sweeter finish. Better than average for Cottage.
Friday, January 13, 2017

BeardedAvenger
2.8
Cottage Golden Arrow
Cask at Swan, Farnborough. There is a something there - a hint of a floral aroma. Pale gold - almost hazy. Good creamy head, although it does develop an sickly blotchyness. A vague umami taste. Bitterness comes through in larger mouthfulls. Nearly medium in body. Oily. Carbonation. Long finish. Bland.
Friday, January 6, 2017

jjsint
3.1
Cottage Memphis Belle
Handpull cask from the Eagle, Cambridge. Dark gold, clear with a thin white head. Light notes of mango, citrus, some malt, sharp bitterness to the taste but there’s a chalky stone-fruit malt note nearer the end. Soap on the finish which is not particularly welcome. It’s not fantastic but it’s nice that Cottage are attempting something beyond a mid-strength malt bomb.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

jjsint
2.9
Cottage Mosquito
Handpull cask at the Eagle, Cambridge. Mahogany and clear with a small khaki head. Low aroma, but there’s some dark stone fruit and caramel malt. Sweet, malty taste. Malt, malt, malt, malt, malt, malt, malt, malt, malt and malt. I don’t care for the cherry cough syrup finish at all, but fans of childhood medicines may enjoy it. Worth having a go, it’s very, very one-dimensional and the Mother of All Malt Bombs, but it’s drinkable without being actively unfortunate.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

imdownthepub
2.7
Cottage Christmas Reserve
Cask conditioned at The Alehouse, Reading, Berks. Brown with off white head. Remarkably thin beer despite its appearance, boiled vegetable notes, some malt little else going on. Not great.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Stuatch
2.9
Cottage Christmas Reserve
Coffee taste, bitter hippy tones, nearly a porter! Not quite!! ;-)
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Finn
2.7
Cottage Air Supremacy
Fra cask på London Inn, Plympton 25 Sep 16. Gylden. Filmskum. Tynn lacing. Lett maltaroma. Myk munnfølelse. Smaken malt med innslag av frukt. Syrlig tørr avslutning.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Finn
2.6
Cottage Honey Bunny
Fra cask på Union Inn, Plympton 25 Sep 16. Stråfarget. Lavt skum. Tynn lacing Lett maltaroma. Smaken honning. Ganske behagelig men i søteste laget.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

berkshirejohn
3.3
Cottage NPA (North Pole Ale)
Cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. Pale amber with a thin white head; satsuma aroma; crisp lemony taste with a sweetish caramel body; and some citrus zest to finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing; and better than the average Cottage offerings.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Finn
2.6
Cottage Memphis Belle
Fra cask på Lounge, Plymouth 24 Sep 16. Gylden. Filmskum. Litt uklar. Veldig dempet fruktraroma. Smaken fersken. Lett søtlig & tørr etter hvert. Blir for søt.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cunningham
2.4
Cottage Saxon
Clear caramel color with a thin off white layer on top. Mild intensity in the aroma. Medium (-) body and a soft carbonation level. Moderate sweet and a moderate bitterness. Caramel malty and some herbal notes in the flavor. Decent mild bitter.
[Handpull at Mulberry Tree in Ipswich, England]

Thursday, December 8, 2016

BeardedAvenger
3
Cottage Pullman
Cask at Swan Inn. Sweet herbal aroma. Extremely dark chestnut. Mottled off-white head. Light bitter, slightly sour, more so in the finish. Herbal, hoppy. Light bodied. Sedmental mouthfeel. OK. Not much going on.
Friday, November 18, 2016

Sigmund
3.2
Cottage Honey Bunny
Cask half pint at Ye Grapes, Mayfair. Deep golden colour, white head. Moderate aroma, only a hint of honey. Smooth flavour initially, a hint of honey, a little fruit, sharpish hops in the finish.
Monday, October 31, 2016

Mr_Pink_152
3.3
Cottage Red Fang
Tried at the Three Horseshoes. Waddington. deep ruby colour with a cream head. Aroma fruity and chocolate. Taste light fruity sweet to light bitter. A surprise.
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Towey1989
3.1
Cottage Honey Bunny
Cask at The Victoria Lounge, Hanley. A clear golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma of peach, orange, passion fruit, slight honey, a little biscuity malts and subtle herbal hops. Taste of peach, orange, passion fruit, slight honey, a little tartness and subtle herbal hops. Light bodied and an oily texture. A bittersweet, slightly tart, herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Quite a sweet beer with a lot of fruitiness but also slight tartness. It’s ok.
Friday, October 14, 2016

BeerViking
3.4
Cottage Texas Raiders
Cask at the Old Red Cow, deep mahogany with a lasting loose foam, toasty and bitter with hints of pine, light cocoa and strawberry on the nose, a dry citrus-bitterness, and a bittersweet burnt finish.
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Rune
2.3
Cottage Air Supremacy
Half pint, cask ale at London Inn, Plympton. Hazy amber-orange body with a white tophead and clingy lacing down the glassware. Mild brown malty nose. Restrained taste of caramel malts and apricot. Discreet bittersweet ending. Anonymous and a little diluted. Drinkable, though (25.09.2016).
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Rune
2.9
Cottage Honey Bunny
Half pint, hand pulled cask ale at Union Inn in Plympton. Clingy lacing from a low, white head. Bright golden body. Aroma of mid-sweet malts and grass. Mild honeyed malt-fruity flavours. Discreet bitter end with a fruity touch. Easy to drink. Satisfying (25.09.2016).
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Rune
3.2
Cottage Memphis Belle
Half pint, cask ale, shared with Finn at Lounge in Plymouth. Off-white bubbly head over a warm golden body. Aroma of citrus and leafy hops. Fruity flavours of grapefruit and apricot. Nice bitter finish. Medium bodied. Tasty and refreshing (24.09.2016).
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

BlackHaddock
2.9
Cottage Honey Bunny
hand-pulled half-pint at The Crown Inn, Oakengates on 30th Sep 2016. Pale golden pour, white head with lacing. Easy drinking blonde with a decent balance, slightly sweet with a honey hint as it warmed in the glass a little. Weak nose and depth of flavour a bit thin. Let’s say subtle in nature.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

BlackHaddock
3.4
Cottage Mosquito
Hand-pulled cask pint in The Haygate, Wellington Shropshire on 1st Oct 2016. Clear chestnut red in colour, off-white crown on top. Malty and woody from the start to the finish, some fruitiness within the flavour also: light bittering aftertaste.
Sunday, October 2, 2016

BeardedAvenger
2.9
Cottage Mosquito
Cask at Prince of Wales, Farnborough. Not much aroma. A vague floral\maltyness. Light chestnut. Pretty healthy white head. Sweet with a hnt of bitterness. Light. Frothy. Caramel. Hoppy finish. Not bad, just a bit bland. Average.
Friday, September 23, 2016

ManVsBeer
2.8
Cottage Mosquito
Cask @ Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Copper-amber with a thick frothy head. Bitter with a few pale malts, and a low bitterness, possibly as it tastes a tad thin.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BeardedAvenger
3.5
Cottage Memphis Belle
Cask at Swan Inn, Farnborough. 14/09/16. Sweet hoppy aroma, not very strong. Deep gold, slightly hazy. Really healthy Fairy Liquid white head. Medium bitter. Soft, hint of carbonation. I initial grapefruit with a sweeter nectar finish. Perhap not going to appeal to real hop heads but very drinkable.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

berkshirejohn
3
Cottage Air Supremacy
Cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. A golden amber pour with a thin cream head; floral aroma; sweet fruity malt taste; with a light bitterness and a caramel finish. Nothing wrong with this, but instantly forgetable.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

BeardedAvenger
3.3
Cottage Honey Bunny
Cask at Prince of Wales, Farnborough. 09/09/16. Not a strong aroma but sweet. Honey, hmmm? Bright gold. Initial frothy head soon calms down. Initially was underwhelmed - sweet with a light bitter edge. Soft and light. Was going with ’bland’, but gradually the honey came through, getting stronger in the finish as I drank more. Decent enough.
Friday, September 9, 2016

Mr_Pink_152
2.7
Cottage Red & Ruth
On tap at the Three a Horseshoes, Waddington. Pale Amber colour with a white head. Lite fruity grain and twig aroma and taste. Thinish body.
Sunday, September 4, 2016

SarkyNorthener
3.4
Cottage Golden Arrow
[email protected] brittania, Ilfracombe. Golden beer with medium head. Aroma of malts and yeast. Taste is yeast, sweet, malts and some lemon. Decent.
Friday, September 2, 2016

BlackHaddock
3.3
Cottage Pacific
21st Aug 2016: cask pint in ’Cobblers’ a micro bar in Filey, Yorkshire. Very slight haze to my golden pour, clean white head. The nose held some mild citrus notes and a biscuity maltiness, taste similar with a little sweetness from the malt.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Grumbo
3.3
Cottage Golden Arrow
Cask at the Green Man (GK), opposite Gt Portland St tube station, London. Pours golden with an average white head. Aroma of fresh hop, straw, light citrus and a touch of spice. Medium sweetness, light bitterness. Towards medium body, light/creamy texture, average carbonation level. Finish is sweeter, slight bitter fruit. Not bad.
Friday, August 12, 2016