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Brewed by Banks’s (Marstons plc)
Style: English Strong Ale
Wolverhampton, England

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Cask: Special - Wetherspoon Spring 2013 Real Ale Festival.
This is complex and full flavoured, with sweet and roast malt flavours, balanced by a pungent hop bitterness and dry hop flourish in the finish.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
back (1315) - Holstebro, DENMARK - APR 10, 2013
Kobber klar skum brunlig Citrus grape riste malt Bitter meget Cremet flad @jwd ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (1865) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 9, 2013
Cask@the flying horse JDW, Gatwick Airport - reddy brown in colour with a medium white head. Malty, dark fruit, woody, nutty nuances, overall pretty decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (3657) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2013
Hand-pulled pint in my local Wetherspoons on 8 Apr 2013. Deep amber body leaning towards ruby in the dimly lite area I was sitting: on top a full head foaming biege coloured head, good lacing too. Fruity, floral aroma with a malty overtone. Malty at first with a fruit flavoured middle, slightly bitter hop and dry finish. Strange brew really, a good mix of tastes but not too balanced. Too dry in the mouth for my taste buds but others may rave about it. Body depth was fine and overall it was OK, but I’ll not be having another one.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (6728) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2013
Cask at Willow Walk, Ldn Victoria. It pours clear deep amber with a medium beige head. The nose is earth, wood, light farmyard, leather and faint jamminess. The taste is earth, leather, dark fruit, spice, very savoury, varnish, decent bitterness and a touch of alcohol with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Ok, but the alcohol is too prevalent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3789) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2013
Cask at Briar Rose, Brum. Great lacing. Really enjoyed this. Nice initial fruity balance, then slight nutty, dry bitterness to end. Smooth. MT = dead and gone = not sad at all.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogbomb (942) - ENGLAND - APR 8, 2013
Cask. Rust red ale with a decent light tan head. Nose is very light, but there's a touch of red berries. No such subtlety in the taste - a full POW of hops in the first instance, dry and pungent with grapefruit and orange. There's a touch of "woodiness" there too. It catches your nose and forces you to seek deeper. Some nice roastiness once you do - wood, straw. Really impressive with a strong dry finish. You need a drink after the drink.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tampierre (778) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 7, 2013
Cask at JDW ; Cornwall ; UK ; Caramel,fruit and floral aroma ; Dark red color with smaller head ; Medium sweet and bitter taste ; Dry finish ; Pretty good.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuartyboy (635) - SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2013
On tap at West Kirk Jdw Ayr full flavoured red ale with malty sweetness tropical fruit and carmel quite prominent nice hop kick but not too bitter

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2828) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 6, 2013
Cask by handpump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - clear red brown, thin bubbly beige head, scented fruity aroma, intermittent lacing, fruity malty taste, creamy texture, hoppy finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10868) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2013
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW - London. Pours clear amber with a fine, frothy beige head. The aroma holds some juicy pine, a bit of ripe citrus, toasty grass. Light to medium sweet with fairly assertive bitterness, some earthy pine, toasty bread, orange. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly resinous to finish, toasty pine, dry caramel and bread, lingering sticky grass. Pretty nice beer overall.


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