Returned after an absence of 10 years as a special in April 2009 but has appeared again since then.
To celebrate the UK’s first ever National Cask Ale Week, Adnams is bringing back a much-loved classic - Adnams Extra Special Bitter. Known to its fans simply as ‘Adnams Extra’, the beer was crowned the Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival in 1993.
According to Rob Flanagan, Sales Director at Adnams, “Adnams is fully supporting Cask Ale Week and wanted to celebrate the occasion by bringing back one of our old favourites. Adnams Extra Special Bitter has reached near cult status amongst Adnams fans who remember the beer with great fondness, we are sure they will be delighted to hear that it is returning. We also hope that resurrection of Adnams Extra will create a buzz of interest in Cask Ale Week for those who have not tried it before.”
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned handpump Romany, Northampton. I recall this beer winning CBOB back in the day. For some unknown reason Adnams stopped brewing it. That was a shame as it was a quality beer; relatively hoppy for its time. Well it’s back. Apparently resurrected for cask ale week but let’s pray it can be more permanent as it’s still pretty good. Sure we are used to hoppier beers now in the UK but this still holds its own. It’s dark copper and pours with a nice white head. There’s a little soap in the nose amidst the citrus hops and a little spiciness to balance the hops and malts in the mouth. It’s just a lovely personable English bitter, the likes of which Adnams do so well. Whippersnapper British raters who didn’t see this when it was originally brewed should not miss this if it does turn out to be a one off.
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