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


on tap

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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 2.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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!

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1479) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beese (2555) - 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 (4223) - 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 (2852) - 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 (4899) - 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 (3454) - 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 (4124) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nocturne (882) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2012
Cask at JDW. Dark amber with an ever-descending cap of foam. Smells malty sweet and faintly lemony. Taste brings forth more malt character, a touch of fruit and an unfortunate hit of vinegar. Palate is fairly thin but normal for this style. Decent but nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilkTork (5275) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
JDW, Rochester 2010. Malty taste with sweet spots. Dry palate. Modest hops. Drinkable strong session bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1411) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2011
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in August 1993. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear garnet red in colour with a creamy off white head. Strong aroma of berry fruit in the long aroma. Creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a rich maltloaf base with juicy raisins and dates evident. Spicy hop resins give a bitter edge to the slightly metallic aftertaste, along with hints of boiled cabbage. Fruit continues into the malty finish with molasses and a touch of liquorice. A good old fashioned session ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
niquillis (1180) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2011
On cask at JDW, Stone. Pours ruby red with a off white head. Malt, dark fruits, well balanced with hops. OK.

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