Brewed by Adnams
Style: English Strong Ale
Southwold, England


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RATINGS: 749   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6422) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2004
500ml bottle BBD26NOV04 Pours ruby red, nice tan head, very bubbly(poured at 58*F). Floral, fruity hops(or is it yeast?) and a strong malt aroma. Very well balanced beer, largely malty, hops add the neccesary vaguely citirc, peppery spice. British beer often seem to confound me b/c the yeast? and/or hops? seem to give many of them a very similiar drinking experience and its one I struggle to describe. None the less, this is a big, bold beer and very good. Perhaps an ESB? I’d love to suck down some pints of this from the cask, appears that version is much weaker in ABV though, obviously different. I’d buy more bottles of it if I see it again. Leaves some nice lace too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Again I was impressed with this brewery! I truly enjoyed the SSB, and the Broadside was equally as nice an English Ale.
Poured a dark amber body and a nice frothy ivory colored head. The aroma was a cornucopia of fruit, apricots, plums, pears, and red apple, even some tangerine. There was a nice punch of hops in the flavor… some well toasted malts.. a note of doughy yeastiness. Suggestions of caramel were abundant, and the palate was rich and fluffy… a really nice brew! I still can’t believe I’d passed these bottles up in the store for so many months.
This seems a very traditional Ale.. and rather worldly a creation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Nice English beer, and looks impeccable in an English dimple mug. Perfect head and lace that hangs around for the whole ride. Nice brew.

   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 (1851) - 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 (741) - 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 (4510) - 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.

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