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


on tap


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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 (39787) - 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 (23131) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15643) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 Interesting to see this one back from the dead. I hope to see it somewhere during the course of this week. However, whilst trying to put some of my old scribblings in order I just happened to stumble across the following notes yesterday - from the Harbour Inn, Southwold, 1992 (June at a guess). I took this as a prompt to resurrect these vintage observations too. "Adnams Extra - 4.3%, OG 1043 - Nothing finer than sitting outside the Harbour Inn on a brilliantly sunny day, watching the comings and goings in the rather ramshackle harbour and its even more ramshackle associated buildings, with a pint of this wonderfully drinkable best bitter in your hand. Crystal clear and darkish amber, in perfect condition with just a thin crown of foam that persists well down the glass. Gently fruity and assertively bitter at the same time. A very dry finish makes for an exceedingly refreshing pint." Whilst Googling around I unearthed an article from the same year written by Michael Jackson advocating drinking the very same beer from the very same establishment. Perhaps we were even there on the same day. Who said nostalgia ainít what it used to be.? Now I just have to find the new version for comparative purposes. Fingers crossed. [7/4/7/4/16=3.8]

Cask (gravity dispense) at Woodies Beer Festival, New Malden on 21 August 2010 as Adnams Extra Special Bitter. As expected not quite so impressive without the rose tinted spectacles in operation. Still a decent brown bitter though. Good earthy hops. A little residual sweetness. Score updated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7032) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2010
(Cask at GBBF, London Earlís Court, 5 Aug 2010) Copper colour with foamy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of apricots, orange and marmalade. Malty, fruity taste with orange, apricots, dusty hops and a hint of sulphur. Medium body, balanced sweetnes. Quite average, decent but nothing extra.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
Cask. At The Wenlock Arms. Slightly hazy deep amber with a large and lasting frothy white head. Leafy and mildly sweet/fruity aroma, initially a little soapy (end of cask?), had a bit of a minerally tang to it. Taste was solidly bitter - grassy with crushed appleseed, again leafy, and very dry - a hint of alcohol presence. Somewhat thin-bodied, seemed a bit astringent, a touch flat, with a fairly long dry bitter finish. Decent, could have had a bit more life to the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2009
Cask in the pub in old street that iv forgotten the name of. Alround rating: Bitter english grassy hop, toffee character, bit boring and kind of iv had this soo many times before about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2010
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Copper colour with a small off white head. Flint and nettle hop aroma. Salty, seaweed taste with a hint of herby bitter wormwood. Needs some sweetness too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nekronos (3838) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 9, 2010
Thought I had had all the Adnamís but finally I found a new one. NOt so bitter but a little dry. At GBBF 2010.

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