Brewed by Coach House
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Warrington, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Regular.
Previously 5.0% & 4.7%.
"Special Reserve"
A truly magnificent ruby coloured beer of premium strength, with a very full malty palate, balanced by a crisp hop flavour and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. As smooth as cream but not for the unwary!

undercurrent25's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1955) - Barnton, Cheshire, - JAN 9, 2011
Fairly standard bitter this one, tastes like the traditional bitters the old big breweries use to make, no strong stand out flavours and quite forgetable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dynamiteninja (1827) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2016
Cask at the Ralph Fitz Randal (JDW), Richmond. Medium white head. Copper body. Caramel, hops, black mould, red fruit, oak, green apple. Sweetish. Thin bodied. Oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Don2711 (391) - - SEP 28, 2016
Aroma caramel and toffee. Dried fruit flavours. Nice amber colour. Quite sweet. Only fault is could be a bit more bitter. However nice m

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (5401) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2016
On cask at the King’s Highway, Inverness. Appearance - amber with a decent head. Nose - caramel or honey. Some red fruit if you look for it. Taste - oranges, toffee and light shortbread note. General dried fruit note returns. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a long dry finish. Overall -

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sjohnh (773) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2016
On tap at the spoons, Earlsdon. Very fruit forward - red berries and dark fruits. Malt is soft and sweet - could do with more bitter bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3916) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2016
On tap at the Felix holt, Nuneaton. Dep Amber brown colour with a cream coloured head. Nutty and malt aroma with a sweet dark fruit. Taste is toffee sweet with a light bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Osprey (6631) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2016
Cask HP at The Crosse Keys Bishopsgate as ’Coach House Innkeepers Special Reserve’. Dark amber, translucent, still, bubbly beige head. Aroma is sweaty, touches of apple, a touch peachy. Body is smooth with low carbonation. Taste is sugary, berries, resinous, ever so slightly acidic, apple, malt sugars, white bread, thin finish. For all its complexity, it’s just a touch thin. Needs more bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
amhart88 (107) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2016
Deep reddish ale. Tastes of toffee, treacle, brandy. Very sweet - could probably do with more of a bitter character to balance it out but very nice nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (1919) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2015
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A clear brown colour with a medium off white. Aroma of caramel, some toffee, slight bread, a little fruitcake and subtle red berries. Taste is similar of toffee, some caramel, slight bread, a little red berries, subtle spice and paste earthy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A soft, caramel, earthy hop bitterness in the finish. It’s a sweet malty bitter with a subtle bitterness. What more can I say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (5573) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
As "Special" 5.2% - Deep brown colour. Aroma and flavour are plentiful with rich, dark malts and a hint of dried fruits. Very smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (11372) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 10, 2015
Hand-pulled at Vernon Arms, half pint. Nitro creamy head over a nice mahogany coloured body Dark caramel nose. Malt driven taste profile of brittle caramel, bread and nuts. Roasted bitterness to the ending. Drinks well (Liverpool 01.02.2015).

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 5

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50