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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Bottle conditioned. 330ml.
Ingredients: Pale malt, Black Crystal malt, Oats, Target hops.
Switched to filtered in 330ml bottles in 2011, then back to bottle conditioned in 2011.
Its high alcohol content along with the molasses and rum flavours create a beautiful contrast with blue cheeses or steak and kidney pie; and complement Dundee cakes or Cadbury’s fruit and nut.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
beerowenbeer (1) - - JAN 17, 2014 does not count
This used to be a good beer but now all the bottles I have had recently have been off. i.e. Bad. Their qualtiy control had gone out the window. These are the bottle numbers that I have opened and tipped down the drain. E44509, E43504, E43704, E43795, D43861, D34971. There have been a number of other bottles but I did not take down the numbers. I have been on the Breakspear web site to complain but I have had no reply. ASDA, where I bought this beer have given me, have said sorry and have given me more of the same and when my wife went shopping there last week this beer was on offer at £1. They are trying to sell this off quick. Watch out !!! If this was in a Pub you would be back to the bar and get it changed or your money back, dam quick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (2003) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle asda. Brown/ruby colour decent off white head great lacing. Aroma is raisins brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is alcohol,mollassus which give u the rum flavours also raisins giving u some fruitiness strong malty finnish. Medium body quite strong carbonation. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
(Bottle): Pours bronze in colour with an off white head. Malty, caramel aromas and an odd yeasty aroma too. Very caramel forward in the taste, slight sour notes, dried fruit, slight spice. Not my cup of tea really.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pudding (183) - Birmingham, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2014
Pours clear copper brown. Head reduces. Negligible aroma. Taste: sweetness, malt, alcohol. Palate: quite syrupy. Overall: Disappointing. Little hop flavour. Hops have changed since the 7.2% version, which I liked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1325) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
500ml bottle from Asda. Deep nut brown colour with a small beige head. Nutty, malty aroma with caramel. Medium-bodied. Nutty, taste with caramel, and a spicy bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hanoi (506) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2014
Nose is short; yeast, caramel, slight lactose. Taste is brown sugar, caramel, nut, leading to a too-sweet note (banana milkshake?) in the soft cream finish. Moutfeel is good. I can’t get past the really odd banana note in the finish, it’s very off putting.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Outlaw_Si (16) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2014
Copper colour, medium body, medium-light carbonation. Complex dried fruits, malt base with refreshing hoppiness. Well balanced, warming but not hot. Bitter hop finish to the up-front caramel. Easy drinking for a strong ale. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tukkis (13) - FINLAND - JAN 31, 2014
Bubbly and a bit foamy. Clear, oaky color. Leathery aroma. Sour but not bitter taste, not sweet, slightly salty. Palate remains pleasing, with medium body and lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
MarshallStaxx (8) - - JAN 8, 2014 does not count
33cl bottle, No.E53242. Pours reddish mahogany / bronze, a little hazy, with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is malty balsamic vinegar and caramel fruits. Taste is very strange, like a nutty and sour mash-up between a strong Best Bitter and a Rodenbach Grand Cru. Thin and flat mouthfeel. Rather unpleasant, tipped it down the plughole - possibly a bad batch?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4133) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle. Dark bronze appearance with a small head. Excellent malty flavour and a full flavour. Cannot believe that I am giving this score to a beer from the Marstons empire. Very rarely I say this about a beer they produce but it is certainly worth checking out.

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