Brewed by Adnams
Style: Bitter
Southwold, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask: Occasional 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.”
Returned again for Wetherspoons Oct ’15 Beer Festival.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (8555) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2015
Cask handpull at moon under water Watford JDW. Mostly clear golden / orange coloured pour with a lasting off white head. Aroma is light tea leaves, citrus, light berry, grains. Flavour is composed of nutty rough grains, straw, earthy citrus, hint of tropical. Palate is medium light bodied, grainy, moderate to high carbonation. Lingering berry. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
greenmanalishi (519) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2012
Nutty, biscuit flavours. Hint of herbs. Copper pour with light, frothy head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1579) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2011
First tasted this in the Lord Nelson, Southwold. Handpump dispense. Crystal clear amber in colour with a thin white head. Dusty hop flowers in the short aroma. A thin mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a digestive biscuit malt base with citric fruit overtones. Dry hops evident in the bitter aftertaste. Dry hoppy edge to the finish. A good session bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24928) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2011
Cask@GBBF2010. Copper colour, small fluffy off-white head. Aroma is dry fruits, mild wood, some caramel malts as well as some tealeafs. Flavour is mildly nutty, wooden, caramelly and ending in a grassy bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerViking (3992) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2011
Cask at the Plough & Harrow (JDW) Hammersmith, amber-brown with a coarse white head, aromas of malt, a little apple, some grassy hop, strong initial bitterness gives way to a little sweetness and some vegetal notes. Lingering astringent and harsh bitterness. Not quite right, methinks - maybe it needs more ageing?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2357) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2011
Pours copper/reddish. Very nice bold sweet fruit aroma which is matched in flavour. There’s a little bit of hop dryness in the finish, but all in all a really nice medium bodied bitter, with lots of fruit flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1934) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2011
Cask - The Bell Hotel (JDW), Norwich. Poured with a firm creamy off-white to beige head leaving an even, dense lace. An amber coloured body with a slight haze. General profile of boiled malt, mid fruits and a grassy hop bitterness with some metallic notes particularly on the aroma. Some leafy English hop & caramel on the tongue. Firm in the mouth but quite light in terms of body, akin to that of a pasteurised bottle bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2011

Cask (gravity) @ The 16th Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2010, Reading, Berkshire England.

Clear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, biscuity, moderate hoppy, herbs, sharp bitter. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20100430]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nekronos (4039) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 9, 2010
Thought I had had all the Adnam’s but finally I found a new one. NOt so bitter but a little dry. At GBBF 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton (1763) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2010
Cask at Bon Accord, Glasgow on 22 April 2010. Gold with cream lacing head. Pungent, fruity and hoppy with a bitter aftertaste on a medium textured mouthfeel. The extra "oomph" is noticeable.

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