Burnt copper/tawny color, crowned by a frothy, tan head. I have to hunt for the nose after the pour as it comes off muted and distant; several more minutes in the glass allows it to awaken a little as it gives off stifled scents of malt, hops, nuts and dried fruit. Initial taste is nutty and stone dry; the midpalate is lean, dry and keenly astringent. Aftertaste is confined, one dimensional, bitter and common. Drinkable, but unexceptional in light of so many other solid British ales.