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Brewed by Adnams
Style: English Strong Ale
Southwold, England

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RATINGS: 716   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2004
500ml brown bottle. Poured a clear mahogany with frothy gold head. Chilled. Nice malt treacle toffee,fruit mince aroma with lime notes. Roast nuts, malt,sweet smoky flavour with some alcohol. Long bitter grapes finish. Medium bodied enough to still be refreshing on a hot day (as it is now as I drink this) it is so easy to drink that, considering its % Vol the label should carry a warning "Dangerous when chilled".

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbothy (1095) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 14, 2004
Looks very ale-ish. Nice aroma, pleasant roasted taste. Good malty aftertaste, but a bit too fizzy.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Bottle into Duvel tulip glass; purchased 6/2004 at Binny’s, Grand and Wells. I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I checked up on its percentile after buying it, and I expected nothing special. Instead, I got a very unique experience. This is maybe the best-smelling beer I’ve ever had: caramel popcorn, a bit of yeast, and butter toffee were strong in the nose. It poured a deep ruby color with a beige head, fair lacing but nothing special there. It tasted very much like it smelled, only it had an undercurrent of dark fruitiness and understated hop bitterness on the finish, which I would have hoped to be longer. Creamy in the mouth and yet just acidic enough and medium-bodied enough to be really refreshing. Overall: balanced and silky smooth. I’m glad I picked this up on a whim.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2004
The beer came in a 500 ml. brown bottle with a best before date of 3 February 2005 on the back label. The pour was clear reddish brown with a decent sized reddish white head. The lacing was good too. The aroma was sweetly malty with some earthy mild English hops lurking in the background. The taste was similar with chocolate malts, dark skinned fruits, rum raisins, and charred wood. The hops were restrained, but provided a peppery kick and a dry mouthfeel. It is a bit of stretch to call this one a Strong Ale, as this is at a mere 6% ABV. I would put it in the category of an ordinary Brown Ale. But call it what you may, it is quite good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARMed (604) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Ruby brown brew with a small minimal head. Creamy and flavorful brew with a sweet butterscotch / caramel malt flavor. Smooth and bitter at the same time. A good tasting beer that goes down smooth without the sharp alcohol taste.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Bitter, but not hoppy, with a slight malt flavor. Bitterness lingered at the back of the tongue. Not really my favorite style.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2004
Poured a deep copper colourwith a creamy white head - some lacing. Earthy hop and malt nose. Malty body with some alcohol evident and an enjoyable bitter finish. Has a nice soft mouthfeel. I’ll like to have a session on the cask version. A good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004
Brown ale with toffee coloured head. Sweet flavour, roasted malts (toasted bread). Coffee? Hints of liqourice. Black currants too?. Overall above average.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5102) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Bottle. Has a light tan, medium head topping the gorgeous dark red color. This aromas are toffee and Red Delicious apples at first. The smells change into cider as it warms up. The taste is light with coffee and caramel at first. With warming the flavors are stronger, more like cinnamon and bread. This is very enjoyable and would make a great session beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3299) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Reddish brown with a lovely lasting head. Aroma faintly of apples, yup, we have an English beer here folks. Flavor was a nice balance of sweet caramel and toffee oriented malts, with apple notes and a drying bitterness on the finish. Understated, balanced, and tasty.


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