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


on tap

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle. Copper with a light yellowish head. Good caramel and fruity hoppiness. Perfectly balanced caramel malts and grassy and fruity hops. Slightly grainy texture. Well-made craft beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14519) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle, 4.5%. Hazy chestnut colour. Small light brown head. The flavour is quite roasted with a good rough bitterness. Some aroma hops, too, but they are more or less drowned by the bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7149) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2007
Cask-conditioned at the Inn on the Green, Bristol. Amber with a decent off-white head. Red fruit and caramel aroma with some grassy hops. Malty flavour contrasted by a floral hop finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (11511) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2007
Bottle Rich brown colour. Huge malty aroma, some marmite. Dry hoppy bitterness with smooth strong creamy malty taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2007
(Bottle 50 cl) Courtesy of yngwie. Slightly hazy, orangey brown with an off-white head leaving some laces. Somewhat fat, malty aroma with a whiff of nuts. Medium body, dry nutty malt and a rather hoppy finish. Quite decent. 180807

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2007
Bottle. Clear, copper pour, with a beige head. Malt, toffee, some chocolate, nuttyness and a biscuity touch in the aroma. The flavor is roasted, with some toffee, a wee note of chocolate, some nuttyness and a some biscuit-like flavors. Medium body. Dry, lightly hoppy finish with malt dominating. A nice one, it lead my thoughts to a nice mild. (070704)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (36243) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2007
50 cL bottle. Pours hazy amber to brown with a lacing off-white head. Dry malty nose, slight nutty and toffee. Rather hoppy dry blending in with a toffee malty flaour. Dry and hoppy bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubelknv3 (1056) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Tasting notes from 2002 Harbury beer festival. Dark amber with thin head. Carmel malt, fruit, and mildly hopped aroma. Farily balanced and full bodied. Hoppy front with malt body. Decent session bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (8862) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2007
beautiful bottle bought at Darts Farm near Exeter. Copper colour, quite dark, medium-sized persistent head. Very malty with a pleasantly hoppy background. Hints of nuts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2007
Bottle 500ml from Waitrose, Lymington, Hampshire. Pours a copper colour with a thin tan head. Quite a sweet fruity aroma greeted me on opening the bottle. The flavour, however, was full on sweet sherry. Why? If I wanted a sherry, I’d have poured one! Not particularly smooth on the palate. A bit of a let down, really.

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