Brewed by Church End
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Nuneaton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Special. Also available bottle conditioned.
Introduced in 1999 for the Rugby World Cup.
Ingredients: Pale, Crystal, Amber and Chocolate malts; Northdown hops.

BlackHaddock's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4985) - Shropshire, - NOV 15, 2012
500ml Bottle conditioned with a best before date of 15 Sep 2013 (or 2012, can’t be sure). Poured into a UK pint (carefully) @ home on 15 Nov 2012. No sediment left the bottle. Nice, mid-brown, amber body, clean and clear: on top a good foam blanket of off-white bubbles which stayed around as well as leaving lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose is malty, caramel notes lead the way with treacle/toffee coming a close second. The taste is also malts first and foremost although there is a pleasing dry semi-bitter finish. I also found hints of fruit and nuts in the flavours as the beer warmed a little in the glass. The beer is pleasant enough, but nothing to get excited about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (9137) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle. Toffee malt and herbal vegetal aroma. Golden yellow with large off-white head. Golden yellow with large light tan head. Lightly sweet toffee malt and mildly bitter herbal flavor. Body on the lighter side. Pleasant easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchad56 (151) - - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle - clear Darkish amber with thick foamy off white head. Nice on tongue and in mouth. Decent hoppy aroma. Malty bitter finish - enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (5738) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 8, 2013

Appearance: Clear deep brown color with a finger thick white head. Fine lacing.
Aroma: Slightly sweet caramel malty, light hoppy and fruity.
Palate: Medium body. Slightly sweet and a fine bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Caramel malty, light hoppy and a balanced fine fruity background.
Overall impression: Fresh and tasty ale.
Personal stats: Bottle at Church End Brewery in Nuneaton, England.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnfryd (12622) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle. Pale amber coulour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, caramel. Flavour is fruit, malt, caramel, hop, grass. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (8428) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2012
Bottle which was purchased from SH Jones, Bicester by Steph (neighbour) consumed at home Tuesday 11th September 2012 Well the description suggests ’The Strong Dark Ale’ it is neither dark being mid/dark amber perhaps or strong, 5% is not what I would describe as strong. However it is ok, very safe and middle of the road, middling to low bitterness, middling maltiness, in fact everything is done in a non offensive safe MOR way. Fine. A6 A3 T6 P3 Ov12 3.0

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2012

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, toffee, caramel, toasted, light hoppy, grass. Quit weak aroma. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120623]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Geokkjer (6679) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle@Ulfborg. Pours copper with an offwhite head. Aroma of malt, fruitiness, some caramel and some herbal notes. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some caramel and malt. medium to thin body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle 500ml @ fonefan
Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt and grassy hops. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (14997) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, nuts, fruits and hops.

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