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Brewed by Adnams
Style: English Strong Ale
Southwold, England

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RATINGS: 737   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2005
A strong and tasty above-average English ale performing well in the bottle. Aroma of medium dark malt, medium-body hops, and slight honey. Aftertaste of Dawn detergent (this may be my fault) but overall solid. I would try this again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2004
Reddish colour with big head. Aroma is malty with some berry. Flavor is sweet and malty with some dark fruit.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3911) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2004
Bottle from Strichely Co-op, Birmingham. Amber, with a receding, big foam head. Subtle malt aroma. The first thing that hits you is the extra strength - rooty and chewy - followed by a sweet, pillowy, marshmallow flavour. Warming on the throat and a honey-malt aftertaste. Noticeable abv hit. Pretty good, though I prefer the less strong version.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrbrownale (7) - DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004 does not count
Nice fruity taste. I think I can taste some blackcurrant notes in the background of a good malt/hop balance. Nice ale

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALyseen (42) - DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
Mahogany color with a tan head, the aroma is floraly hoppy with fruits and some sweet malt. a bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AAO (102) - Næstved, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2004
Redish color, big creamy head. Fruity malty aroma with a peace of hops. Nice bitter taste, and a sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2428) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Pours with a serious yellow-brown head that stays, leaving thick sheets of lace. High carbonation. Amber/ruby color, strong malty nose. Medium bodied. Rich malty flavor with some hops in the background. The brewer describes this as "A heart-warming English beer" which is exactly what he has brewed. Bought in York, England.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5544) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 A nice mahogany color with an initially frothy tan head, this smells floraly hoppy with fruits and a dash of sweet malt. It has a sweet, nutty malt flavor with a cherry-like fruitiness. Very smooth to drink with a slightly sour finish. Very good.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Bottle, BB Feb 03 2005. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted bread, caramel, pie crust), lightly hoppy (apricot, orange, flowers), with a note of diacetyl. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Very pleasant stuff...nice biscuity malts with gentle hop accompaniment, nice flavor balance and mouthfeel, lasting head and natural hazy appearance. Short of sublime, but solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2004
Nice dark-amber beer with reddish shine and fine ivory colored head. This beer has fine aroma’s of nuts, chesnuts,malts and forrest fruits. It has a very smooth mouthfeel with a nice malty taste and with fine hints of rice crispy’s, nuts, red fruits,black pepper and hops. This beer has a velvety afthertaste ending with a dry hoppy taste.


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