Timothy Taylor's

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3.87 | pDev: 7.49%
Timothy Taylor's
England, United Kingdom
Notes: This is a robust Yorkshire Ale with a full taste of malt and oats. It was originally brewed to honour the soldiers of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, affectionately nicknamed 'The Havercake Lads'. The name is derived from the oatmeal breadcake that was the staple food of the Yorkshire Pennine towns and villages where most of the soldiers lived.
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 8
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled this was okay
Pours a mid brown body with huge foaming thick white head that retreats but keeps the surface covered
Aroma is a bit of a bog standard bitter finish

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Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A lovely light amber colour. Off white head which lasts.
Mild hop aroma with a hint of digestive biscuit.
Soft caramel sweetness followed by a hoppy bitterness. Reminds me of a crumble topping.
A really nice premium English bitter. Not as good as Landlord but really well balanced.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2013, so it's just out of date. Picked up from a supermarket a while back and stored in my garage. Named after the Yorkshire regiment - known as the 'Havercake Lads'.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep orange-amber hue with light sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt, mild biscuits, fruity ale yeast and stewed hops.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of biscuity grain, caramel, faint toasted malt, fruity ale yeast, stewed hops and earthiness. Well-attenuated, followed by a distinctively crisp bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of caramel malt, stewed leaves and yeast esters.

Rather nice - a traditional brew with good drinkability. Looks alright, though the aroma is a tad bland. The flavour has more depth, with a solid blend of biscuity malt and bittering hops. Decent body. Goes down easily enough, though I dare say it's even better on cask. Worth a punt if you come across it.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, poured into a standard pint glass

Pours with a rich amber body with shiny hints of orange. Thick bubbly white head with fairly good retention, sits about half an inch thick. Some lacing up and down the glass

Smell, rich toffee tinged malt, some caramelly sweetness and a little bit of bready biscuity malt too. Some slight fragrant english aroma hops, lavender and freshly cut grass

Taste, crisp and biscuity malt body. Crunchy english bittering hops are backed up by a bready slightly biscuity malt character, some golden syrup and sugary toffee flavours in there too. Some slight bitterness on the finish.

Another winner from the Timothy Taylor brewery. Not quite as deep or complex as Landlord on cask but still supremely drinkable

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Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a lovely crystal clear light orange copper colour. Light creamy head poured thick and meringue like then faded slowly to nice firm layer... very sparse carbonation drifts very slowly to surface... very little lacing...

Aroma - Strong biscuity malts, lightly toasted oats and bread, light honey sweetness, some caramel, good juicy fruitiness (apples, apricots and some pears), lots of grassy notes, peppery hops, strong nuttiness, sea salt traces, some leathery traces...

Taste – Spicy / grassy hops to the fore, very light toffee sweetness, juicy fruits (oranges, apples, light figs), biscuity maltiness, definite toasty bread, can't really make out any oats, faint metallic notes, light floral / perfume traces, salty...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... medium bodied... So so quaffable - a supremely sessionable beer..

Overall - Another very fine beer from Timothy Taylor & Co... one of the most quaffable beers i think i've had.... definitely recommended..

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Photo of haz77
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Pours a clear golden-hued light-copper, with a frothy, firm inch of off-white head. This drops slightly, but the beer retains a nice cap. A few streamers of tiny bubbles rise. Sheets of lacing left behind during consumption.

S – Grassy hops, biscuity malts, a little citrus, some lychee tucked in the back.

T – Sweet biscuit malts up front, with some light fruitiness coming through. Hops begin to move forward towards a bitter finish. Lovely lingering bitter aftertaste. Superbly balanced.

M – Crisp carbonation at first, before the body smoothes, but the refreshing quality isn't lost. Again, beautifully balanced.

D – Hugely quaffable. Probably even better on cask. Highly recommended.

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Havercake from Timothy Taylor's
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 8 ratings