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Brewed by Adnams
Style: English Strong Ale
Southwold, England

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RATINGS: 708   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pasteurised Bottle.
A fine, heartwarming English Beer, rich in flavours of malt and hops.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Earthy malt notes some Maris otter and crytal maybe. Good body for low abv. some sweetness with lite dark fruit notes. Good noble hop bitterness an clean soft finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10139) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2005
Bottled, pasteurised. Dark brown beer with off white head. Full bodied fruity soft beer, low on carbonation which is great and not too much loss on pasteurisation. Late roasted malty taste, good bottled beer.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 10, 2005
dark dampness passes to withering sulfa smell. redish hue and clear. some slight fruit and bitter qualites in the backbone of the beer. easy to drink. uninteresting.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Poured dark brown, light white head. Smelled somewhat musty. Kind of an offputting burnt malt taste. I am not a big fan of this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (3716) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2005
Bottle, at home. Dark red with lareg off-white head, quickly gone. Good lacings. Unfiltered. Aroma sweet fruity and spicy. Flavor first sweet of malt, then changing to more bitterness of hops and yet fruity. Long finish. Well balanced. Medium body, oily, soft carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2005
Nice deep red colour,but an off-putting almost cat litter aroma.Once you get past the smell the taste has a nice fruit quality,sweet with a bitter palate.Its quite good,but its not the beer for me!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (697) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Yeah. Pours a rich red/brown color, somewhat hazy, very, very slight head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Pears, grape, and sweet malts. Flavor is rich and full, tart and sweet to start, lots of medium to dark fruit flavors, slight spiciness, then gives way to a moment of alcohol, then mellows with a great balance of hops and malts, toffee and slight peppery flavors are followed by a bitter dry finish. Nice complexity.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2005
Medium brown with a slight red tinge. Red wine, porty , a little stewed fruit on the nose. Shows good depth. Feels a little hot from the alcohol lift but not a particularly strong beer at 6.3%.

Shows good balance in the mouth with dark malty characters (not roasted) and again some heat. Finishes a touch bitter (e.g extracted in wine parlance) leaving the beer ever so slightly disjointed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotty (1050) - SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2005
Lovely burnt gold colour, firm white head, looks very appealling. Malty nose with hoppy aromas creeping through. This is a big beer with a multitude of flavours, but remains well balanced. There is a long lingering finish, a very satisfying brew. Very complex, but drinks easily for 6.3% ~ DELICIOUS

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Poured a dark ruby/copper color with a modest head and a fruity aroma-plums, citrus and maybe a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied, sweet and malty, a little toasty with flavors of dried fruit, berries, cherries and a touch of vanilla or butterscotch. Underlying hoppy bitterness expanded in the lingering finish. Not really a sipper but a fairly substantial ale and quite tasty.


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