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


on tap


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   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 (1931) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
amhart88 (99) - 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 (1751) - 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 (5290) - 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 (11047) - 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).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beese (2561) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
Cask at The Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 15 Jan 2013. Poured a dark ruby colour, with a thin, off-white head. Aroma of malts, cooked fruit and a slightly soapy note. Sweet flavours on the fore; fairly standard malty, bready notes, with some dried fruit. Finish was very much the same; almost no discernible hop character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9319) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Cask at The York Tap. Pours clear reddish brown, thick creamy head. Aromas mostly caramel, light red fruit. Taste is more of the same, creamy texture, gentle bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommann (3301) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
Cask at the Albert and the Lion, JDW, Blackpool. Pours ruby brown with a medium head. Aroma is red berries and bread. Taste has bread and toast. Finish has some dark fruits.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cunningham (6894) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 3, 2013

Appearance: Clear dark brown color with a frothy white head that leaves a fine curtain lacing.
Aroma: Caramel malty and a bit fruity.
Palate: Medium body. Moderate sweet and an ok bitterness. Soft carbonation. Creamy texture.
Taste: Dark malty, light hoppy and a bit fruity.
Overall impression: An ok handpull ale. Would have been a lot better with some more carbonation.
Personal stats: On tap at Square Peg (JDW) in Birmingham, England.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (6508) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2013
Cask at JDW – Charlie Hall; dark brown pour with off white head, sweet malt aroma, caramel taste with slight bitterness, dry and thin. OK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (6201) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2013
Hand-pulled pint in my local Wetherspoons on 9th Jan 2013. Clear and bright Chestnut coloured body with a creamy head of white foam. Malts lead the way here in aromas and tastes: hints of dark fruits throught the semi-sweet malty molasses with the hops just about giving some bitterness and dryness towards the end of each gulp. A bit one dimensional but I liked it.

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