Three Hundred Year Old Ale/Battle Of Britain Ale

Notes taken from England trip, July 2007 - thanks Chris! Sometimes appears as 300 Year Old Ale, sometimes as Battle of Britain Ale. NIce, mid-dark brown pour with a creamy head and nice lace. Good caramel notes with some light nut. Mouthfeel is average. Dry fruits, hop finish. I don't think that this is very well described as an Old Ale at all. Lacks the true sweetness and heaviness required for that style. As such this might be better described as an ESB. This didn't take away my enjoyment, I...

Lord Lieutenant’s Ale (Porter)

500 mL bottle, this beer is sometimes called "Ale" rather than "Porter". Taken from notes from England July 2007, cheers Chris! Not really a Porter in the truest sense of the style. A little thin and not really "stout-like" at all. Reminds me more of an ESB or perhaps a lower ABV Old Ale than a Porter. Dark Chestnut Brown pour with a splendid looking color body - rich appearance. Small head, some creamy lace. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than the color and appearance would suggest. Dry...

John Hampden’s Ale

Taken from notes from England July 2007 - Cheers Chris! Bronze body with a head that disappears quickly. Ring of lace in 360o around the edge of the surface. Some minimal lace. Simple beer but solid. Simple malts up front with mild, citrus hops. Light and drinkable. Lemon/orange notes. Mild fruits and uncomplicated, I found this very easy to drink during a muggy, English summer evening. Sessionable certainly, with plenty of biscuity malt present to satisfy. A little floral note in the nose...

Beechwood Bitter

Served out of a polypin - notes taken from England trip, July 2007 - Cheers Chris! Pours like a typical English cask, even from the polypin. Bubbles rather than head. Dark brown pour, carbonation very light. Simple brew that has a little nut character which makes it drink a little more like a brown ale than I was expecting. Mouthfeel is simple. Good malts, sweet up front, with the mild hop character reserved for the finish. Well balanced. A little toffee and acaramel note - not huge. The name...