Brewed by Adnams
Style: English Strong Ale
Southwold, England


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RATINGS: 714   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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A fine, heartwarming English Beer, rich in flavours of malt and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
Note: The beer I drank was 6.3% abv. The colour is dark red-brown, and the foam is medium thick, yellowish and quite soft. The smell is sweet and filled with fresh hops. There are flavours of hay and mint, too. The carbon dioxide is kind of strong for ale, and it fades away quickly. The taste is somewhat metallic, dry, burnt with hints of apricot. The taste of alcohol is not hidden very well, and the straightforward, dry bitterness is almost too powerful. The aftertaste is plain bitterness with burnt hints, but it is surprisingly short. After just a few minutes, there is nothing left at all. I must say that this beer makes me a little disappointed: I expected a well-crafted, complex and generous strong ale, but what I got was just an aggressive yet plain bitterness with a taste of alcohol that belongs to much cheaper beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Sampled at Brew Ha Ha 2004. Dark orange with a small white head. Sweet malts, molasses, and raw sugar aroma; not as hoppy as other ratings mentioned. Moderaltely sweet flavor is nicely balanced with some mild hops. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Dark dark brown color with a moderate roasted malty aroma. Smooth in the mouth with the malty and hoppy just hanging out and having a good time in my mouth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Broadside has a typical British ale color. Also has a weak head, perhaps largely based on American tendency to chill the brew more thoroughly before drinking (admittedly weakening its flavor elements). Hoppy aroma with vague metallic tints - not really in a negative sense though. Quite typical peat-malt-cinnamon flavor for this style, with a prominent yeasty aftertaste. Light in body, heavy in calories I’m sure - yet surprisingly _refreshing_, as if it’s something I’d want after a hard day mowing grass, which is more than I can say for most beers I know of offhand that are this dark, thus I’ve given it a higher proportional Overall Impression compared with the sensory ratings. (P.S. This is the first tyme I've hurt me nose a wee with by pulling too close to the brew during aroma testing)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Pours a middle of the road brown color (not too dark, not too light) with a short head. Kind of a malty aroma and taste, but nothing very notable about it. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (3979) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2004
A very pleasant strong ale.in the bad old days when the supply of bottled beers was very limited this was one that was always available.A nice brownish colour with plenty of malt present.Nice mouthfeel and a good balance of tastes.When you shop in the supermarket this one should jump out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1235) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2004
15 May 2004 - Sweet spicy malt aroma. Good clear dark brown colour, but low white thick head and good lacing. Sweet bitter aftertaste and a good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 So far the only beer I have come across from this brewery. +++ Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle the beer poured a nice mahogany color with a huge creamy tan head. There was a faint bitter malt aroma. The flavor had a nice full malt presence that faded to bitter on the aftertaste. This beer has very strong English characteristics. Nice if you like the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Rich, carmel malt aroma. Toasted bread, nuttiness in the nose as well. Pleasant hop sharpness followed by a full malt backbone. Carmel, honey and toffee flavors. Fantastic bitter/sweet palate. Not a real complex beer, and even though a bit watery it is still a satisfying brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Amber copper ale with a off white head and light malt aroma. Nice roasted bitter nut taste with rich mouthfeel.

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