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Brewed by Adnams
Style: English Strong Ale
Southwold, England

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RATINGS: 726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Pasteurised Bottle.
A fine, heartwarming English Beer, rich in flavours of malt and hops.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7913) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2005
I like this label...very colorful, brash, and sporty.....it almost makes me sport wood. The pour is hazy deep copper....the copper of a worn down penny rather than a new one. It is definitely not deep red. The aroma is caramel malt, figs, brown sugar, some hops, scotch. Tastes very caramel malty, with a great dark fruity/figgy presence, some hops, and some port. Very complex, solid balance, and a really good brew. One cannot deny the greatness of this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12815) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2005
Bottled (BB 10/2005)
Dark ruby color, good tanned head. Aroma has oak, hops, licorice and toffee - itís even slightly earthy. Medium to full-bodied, bitter woody flavor. Some licorice hints. A bit similar to some Fullers (1845 etc).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (2963) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Very enjoyable, cocoa and coffee flavors, mixed with rich maltness. Medium-strong mouthfeel to it. Very good

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2005
I liked this one more than the ESB from ADnams....Trying saying that feckin name 3 times real fast. Bitter malts....caramel and some chocolate aftertaste...not too bad.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Bottle at the Royal Mile, Des Moines. Pours a sorta darkish brown with a thin beige head. Nose of sweet malts, some bitterness is detected. A little thin on the mouthfeel....flavors of caramel malts, and slight hints some choco-malts too. The hop bitterness comes through in the end along at the end. Eh, itís ok.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Pours with the appearance of iced tea and an ample beige head. Nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is straight malt with the stereotypical English bitterness. Palate is thin, but not too watery. Taste is a major malt infusion that is subdued by slightly tangy hops. Finish is the aforementioned English bitter. Nice beer, one that I would revisit.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
bottle from brickskeller. aroma: malty sweet. looks dense and brown. flavor: straightforwardly malty, with a sweeter finish than i like. pretty decent, but not great.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 re-rate Still a deep red color. Malt still dominates the flavor but the hops are much more defined. Some toffee in the aroma as well. Lightly bitter flavor with a sweet finish. Raisins and toffee abound with some fairly citric hops. Still too fizzy for my taste but an enjoyable beer nonetheless.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2005
A bit more carbonated and sweeter than I prefer but not a bad brew. I was not able to appreciate the hops past the sweetness of this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2005
Pours medium brown with some red highlights and thin beige head. Aroma of sweet malt. Medium to high carbonation. Flavor of caramel malt, and slight hints of vanilla and cocoa. The hop bitterness is considerably higher than I expected, but appreciated. A little dry, but overall not too bad.


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