Cottage Reviews




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

berkshirejohn
3.2
Cottage Red & Ruth
Cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. Pale gold in colour with a scummy looking white head; rye bread aroma; light malty taste with a touch of rye and a twiggy bitterness; then a dry finish with rye and caramel. Unexciting.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Block
2.4
Cottage Healey 3000
A very light beer. Not full bodied at all. Golden pour with a sweet backbone, some yeast and that’s essentially it.
Monday, August 8, 2016

MrTipple
3.6
Cottage Conquest
Intense caramel, biscuit, grain and bread malts, light hay. Clear, dark amber, small, creamy, beige head. Light bitter. Grain and cereal malts again, biscuit, bitterness intensifies, soft carbonation. Very nice ESB, exceptionally nice and intense aroma. Cask at Exmouth Arms, Clerkenwell.
Friday, August 5, 2016

berkshirejohn
3.2
Cottage Healey 3000
Cask at the Bell, Waltham St Lawrence. A pale amber colour with a loose white head; pleasanr, but unidentifiable, fruity aroma; sharp fruity bitter taste with a biscuity body; and some sour grain to finish. Fresh and full of flavour - better than average for Cottage.
Friday, July 29, 2016

ManVsBeer
2.8
Cottage Boys of 66
Cask @ Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. Glowing golden with a thin head. Has a fuller-bodied hoppy character, some fruit, with its strength fairly evident. Has a sugary nose.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

MartinT
3.9
Cottage Conquest
My Bottom Line:
Dark fruit jam and toasted angles are met by bitter leaves in this richly smooth Premium Bitter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy foam top laces all around the ruby-hued copper.
-The finish is relatively dry considering the generous malt flavors you get early on.
-Mild acidity and minerality accompanies the hops in the finish.
-Malt character has tons of character.
-Would love to find the Barley Wine version on cask now!

On cask at The Cottage Loaf, Llandudno.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

BeardedAvenger
2.3
Cottage Boys of 66
Cask at the Prince of Wales, Farnborough. 19/07/16. Zero aroma. Light amber. Head frothed all over the place when served, but soon just left traces. Caramel - overly sweet. Not sickly, just a lack of bitternes. Thin body, watery, no carbonation. Guess it’s intended to be a refreshing summer seasonal, but just lacks substance.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

teorn88
3
Cottage Western Glory
Cask at the Turf Tavern, Oxford. It pours a clean Amber color with a minimal tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of molasses, biscuit, raisins and caramel. Taste is also sweet malty with more notes of biscuit frackers caramel and bread dough. Light to medium bodied with OK carbonation. Overall, ok
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Towey1989
3
Cottage Over The Bar
Cask at The Swan, Stone. A clear amber colour with a frothy off white head. Aroma of biscuit, some chocolate, slight fruits and subtle spicy, earthy hops. Taste of biscuit, some chocolate, slight fruits and subtle earthy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A soft, biscuity, earthy hop bitterness in the finish. A simple bitter with a chocolate digestive dominance to it. Ok.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

imdownthepub
2.4
Cottage Sunset
Cask conditioned at The Turf Tavern, Oxford. Gold with no head. Tartish, fruity beer with a buttery vanilla aside. Really not very good, not sure whether its the pub or brewery in this case. Moved on.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mr_Pink_152
2.8
Cottage Princess Beia
On tap at the ThreeHorseshoes Waddington. Amber colour with a white head. Aroma has fruit and light tropical hints. Taste light sweet to light bitter.
Sunday, June 19, 2016

berkshirejohn
2.8
Cottage Windsor Castle
Cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. A pale amber pour with a loose white head; fresh grassy aroma; soft grainy body; and a crisp grassy bitterness. A very basic Golden Ale. Possibly a completely different beer to earlier ratings, with the name reused in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday - there’s still a steam engine on the pump clip though.
Friday, June 3, 2016

BeardedAvenger
3.1
Cottage Gold Conquest
Cask at Prince of Wales, Farnborough. 02/06/16. Had to add it - suspect that Cottage have renamed an existing beer? Top marks for appearance - it’s certainly golden. Otherwise I’d describe it as drinkable and inoffensive. Lacks aroma, perhaps a hint of hops and yeast. And nothing to shout about in terms of taste - slightly bitter and citrusy. However slips down easily so would have again. A summer pint.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Mr_Pink_152
3.1
Cottage St George’s Ale
Tried at the Three Horseshoes, Waddington. Deep amber brown colour with a thick cream coloured head. Rich malty aroma and taste with a hoppy bitter finish.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

MrTipple
3.1
Cottage Dragon Slayer
Grain, bread malts, light caramel, light floral hops and grass. Clear gold, small, creamy, white head. Light sweet. Grain malts, citrus fruits, light sweetness continues, remains fruity. OK ESB, quaffable, but nothing too exciting. Cask at The Raven, Bath.
Monday, May 2, 2016

fonefan
2.8
Cottage Trafalgar Ale

Cask (handpump) @ Ropewalk, 107-111 Derby Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 5BB.

[ As Cottage Trafalgar Ale ].
Clear medium orange yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, hay, pale malt, light to moderate hoppy, earthy notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration, pale malt, malty. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20141013]

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Stuu666
2.8
Cottage Norman’s Conquest
Cask at praf. Pours clear amber, nose is toffee, floral, taste is sweet, dry toffee.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

allmyvinyl
3.3
Cottage Pacific
Cask at the Paisley Beer Festival 2016.Pours clear golden amber with a short-lived thin white head. Aromas of light caramel, lemon. Taste is busy lemon. Thin texture, bitter finish.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Stuu666
2.4
Cottage Pacific
Cask at praf 2016. Pours clear amber, nose is toffee, light fruit, taste is harsh, toffee, musty.
Thursday, April 21, 2016