Brewed by Cotleigh
Style: Bitter
Taunton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask & Bottled; Regular.
Voted supreme champion of the Maltings Beer Festival immediately after its launch in 1994, this classic premium ale continues to win many accolades. Traditionally brewed with pale, crystal and chocolate malted barley and selected Herefordshire whole hops. A copper bronzed ale with hints of toffee and vanilla. The finish is malty and nutty with a gentle sweet finish. Finalist in the 2000 & 2005 Champion Beer of Britain Competition, 2001 Good Beer Guide "Beer of the Year" and Champion Beer 1994 Maltings Beer Festival.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (8700) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle that Graham, (Loz’s dad) very kindly passed onto me, I think he picked up from an Aldi store, consumed 12-09-09 Pours copper in colour with off white head, its a pretty good looker. Fruit and malt on the nose. Taste is also fruity and malty there is a slight tinneyness to this, some bitterness, bit of a tang its alright. A6 A4 F6 P3 Ov12 3.1

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ladnewton (1669) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2009
Cask at the Grid Inn Wetherspoon pub in Southfields, London SW18, UK on 9th September 2009. Brown with a lot of haze and thick creamy head lasting for duration of the slowly-consumed pint. Bitter chocolate aromas met by slight caramel before a pungent kick with a sharp hop climax. Soft, slightly creamy mouthfeel leading to a delayed, but very bitter lasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (18514) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2009
Cask at JDW edinburgh... nice copper ... good off white head ... sweet toffee malt nose iwth a little hop in the linger ... bitter hop front ... followed by a bitter tofee malt ... long bitter linger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 28, 2009
Cask. Deep amber brown clear colour, medium ok lasting white ehad. Aroma of toasty caramel and malt with some frutiness. Ok mouthfeel. The flavour has a good maltiness with caramel, bitter hops and some sweetness. Pleasant brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (24434) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
Cask at Charlies. Clear orange coloured with a small white head. Fruiity aroma of caramel, hops, cookies and grass. Malty flavour of caramel, grass and hops. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23673) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2009
Bottled (thanks to the craziest bartender around). Amber colour with mediumsized slightly off-white creamy head. Aroma is fruity, flowery, a bit nutty as well as some wooden notes. Mild caramel malty sweetness as well. Flavour is very much the same in a nice balance. Quite grassy and flowery aftertaste and finish. More like a bitter than an ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3732) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2009
good head carbonation strong enough copper coloured beer aroma caramel malty chocolate more nutty like hazelnut flavour coffee hint nice bitter nut toffee honey fizzyness on the tongue hop and malt taste are decent not weak goes down wellfinish malty fizzy tang bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3069) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2009
500ml bottle. Nice looking reddy amber body with good head and clumps of lacing. Toffee, apples and some caramel in the aroma. Similar in the taste with a touch of raisins, well made.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobinlondon (1262) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2009
Handpulled cask at JDW Hatch End, Harrow. Amber with an off white head. Malt dominates with complex tropical fruit flavors coming through which seem unrelated to the restrained but pleasent hoppy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alphadelic (1975) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2009
A deep brown beer with a nice, light looking head. It’s chocolate aromas carry through into the powdery mouthfeel. Very light in the mouth with tiny hints of hops that become more pronounced in the finish but give way, even then, to smooth sweetness. It has a nesquik powdered milkshake to it which is weird and nice all at once. Plenty of biscuit here too. It’s not super challenging but it IS tasty.

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