Brewed by Brakspear (Marstons)
Style: Bitter
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 102   ABV: 3.4%
Cask: Regular.
Brewed at Henley by Brakspear until 2002 when the brewery closed and Refresh UK bought the rights to the brand. The beer was then contract brewed at the Thomas Hardy (Burtonwood) brewery for Refresh until 2004 when production was transferred to a purpose built brewhouse at the Wychwood brewery which includes original Brakspear brewing equipment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 28, 2009
Cask. Clear deep amber colour, short head. Aroma of toastish malt and caramel, bit of dog. Thin watery mouthfeel. Mild flavour of toastish malt and caramel with some wet dog and litle fruitiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (32166) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
Cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen. An amber beer with a thin bubbly beige head. The aroma has notes malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of elderflowers, caramel, and malt, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bobinlondon (1276) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2009
Handpulled cask at the Falcon, Clapham. Amber with a white head. Fruity and pleasently bitter for strength. Not what it was back in Henley days but a much better effort than Burtonwood made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sm89walt (1846) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2009
Cask - The Dog and Bear, Canterbury. Clear amber, soapy white head. Lightly hoppy nose as well as slight floral and caramel notes. Biscuity, bready malt flavours with a dry hoppy bitterness in the finish. Medium body, fair finish, soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2009
On tap. Pours a clear coppor colour with no carbonation and little head. It has a very bitter and dry smell to it, not the most alluring. Taste is also a bit different and not really to my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kassner (1468) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2009
On tap at Blackfriers in London. Finally a bitter with some decent bitter. Dark gold in color, Some fruity notes and of course little head or lacing. Bitterness lingers

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (1913) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2009
[Cask at The Royal Oak, Ruscombe, Twyford] Amber with small white head. Aroma and intial taste dominated by sulphur and minerals - like spring water at a Victorian spa resort. If health farms sold beer, this might be what it tasted like! After a while you think you’re used to the sulphur, and start to sink into the welcoming arms of the underlying light, relaxing maltiness, with a little wood and a well-balanced bitterness. But then every now and then (eg if you burp) that sulphurous tang comes back to haunt you. It’s quite reminiscent of some of the Marstons beers (eg Pedigree) and I think given a few more beers you could get used to it and rather enjoy this distinctive brew. But on the basis of having tried just one pint, I was quite happy to order a different beer in the subsequent round.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (8151) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2009
Cask at EBF 2008. Golden coloured and almost clear. Has a white head, mostly diminishing. Light malty aroma, flavor is mainly bitter. Finish is weak bitter, dry, watery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2008
Cask at The Chequers, Oxford. Amber beer with a very sulfurous aroma with a lightly leathery back note. Earthy and woodsy but so sulfurous that it is quite distracting. A bit of fruit in the back along with some crackery malts, but the beer is in pretty poor condition.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
From cask. Pours clear and golden amber with a lacing white head. Bitter and spiced aroma. Mild malty and bitter flavour. Dry and almost breadish. Ends with a mild spice note to the dry flavours in the finish.

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