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 UKís first ever National Cask Ale Week, Adnams is bringing back a much-loved classic - Adnams Extra Special Bitter. Known to its fans simply as ĎAdnams Extraí, 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, ďAdnams 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.Ē
Returned again for Wetherspoons Oct í15 Beer Festival.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43243) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24904) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (21549) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2015
29th October 2015
Crosse Keys Spoons. Cask. Almost clear gold beer, bubbly white head. Palate is light and semi dry, decent fine carbonation. Nice condition. Smooth sweetish malts. Light floralness. A nice peachy mellow orange. Light finish brings a trace of esters. Pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (20699) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2015
Cask at the foot of the walk... Copper... Small tan head.. Soft sweet toffee fruit nose.. Soft metalic toffee malts.. Light dry bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (16928) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2010
Cask gravity at Reading BF 2010. Copper colour, lasting bubbly beige head. Little bit of caramel on aroma, but plenty of fresh English leafy hop on the finish. Good English hop. Lovely flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2015
Cask at the Windlesora, Tourist Town, 30/10/15. Clear golden orange with a well appointed white cap that retains well, full glass lacing ensues. Nose is airy malt, orange peel, bread dough, grain. Taste comprises apricot jam, straw, light bread, grassy, orange, toasted malt. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, semi drying close with a grassy bitter linger. Decent enough bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (11954) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2015
Cask at the Montague Pyke. Or pours clear amber with a small white head. The nose is bitter-sweet, toasty grainy, cereal, biscuit, bread, apple and a touch of toffee. The taste is bitter, toasty grain, spice, earth, cereal, wood, leather and a touch of pithy lemon. Finish is firm a dry. Light - medium body and fine carbonation. A respectable bitter by all accords.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2015
Cask at the foot of the walk. Pours clear golden, nose is toffee, light citrus, taste is sweet, bitter fruit, something odd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9677) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2015
Cask, The Last Plantagenet, Leicester. Hazy golden with an off white head. Mixed stewed autumn fruits with biscuity malts. Peppery and leafy with traces of glue. Grassy with minerals and yeast. Adnams character but not quite the quality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2009
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 itís back. Apparently resurrected for cask ale week but letís pray it can be more permanent as itís still pretty good. Sure we are used to hoppier beers now in the UK but this still holds its own. Itís dark copper and pours with a nice white head. Thereís a little soap in the nose amidst the citrus hops and a little spiciness to balance the hops and malts in the mouth. Itís just a lovely personable English bitter, the likes of which Adnams do so well. Whippersnapper British raters who didnít 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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