The basics: It’s 500ml and is bottle-conditioned. At 4.2%, it’s slightly stronger than the 3.8% cask version. It poured burnt gold with good carbonation and a small off-white head. The aroma was gentle; lightly hopped with malt with some tart fruit.
Taste: Quite smooth with both caramel and malt coming through initially, followed by a dry, slightly sour aftertaste. Some bitterness but not as crisp as the cask version.
Finish: Short and bitter.
Conclusion: Slightly disappointing. Despite beefing up the ABV, the bottled version lacks the bitterness of the cask version and comes across as rather ordinary. One for your great-uncle.