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


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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6120) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2007
Big beige head. Deep red slightly hazy body. Aroma of tobacco, caramel, tea, and plums; quite harmonic. Deep, dry cocoa taste with notes of peas. Aftertaste is dry cocoa. Very nice. (0.5l bottle.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2007
Akkurat Cask Now that’s fresh smelling. Fine ingredients extraction: mellow earthy hops soaked into spicy parsley, herbal, wooden astringency from the above average bitterness that bears a certain saltiness. In terms of appearance, the yellowy head lasts atop the clear deep caramel body, bright-coloured. The finish, dry, lasts a long while. Medium to full bodied, firm texture, by far my favorite Cotleigh up to now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2007
50 cl bottle. Copper color - nice, fast vanishing beige head. Sweet roasted malt, caramel. Fine bitterness. A bit thin, but a very good «low-alcohol» ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gethinbeer (2114) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2007
Chocolate, musky aroma. Deep brown amber with a thin head. Smooth syrup taste. Bit of a thin texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (4936) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2006
500 ml brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 4.5%. Copper coloured, large and lingering creamy light tan head, leaves a nice lacing. Very nice aroma of toast, roasted malts, burnt caramel, orange marmalade and aromatic hops. Powerful flavour of roasted malts, burnt toast, caramel, brown bread and nuts. A distinct hoppy and roasty bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Not a beer of the "easy drinking" kind, but has definitely character. I might have liked a tad more sweetness to balance the bitterness, but this is still an excellent beer. As the beer warms up, the malts come even more in front, and the bitterness is somewhat less dominant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dj (520) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2006
Bottle, 500ml. A dark copper-coloured pour with a small lasting head. Great aromas of roasted malts and sweet caramel. Roasted malts dominate the beer with some hop, honey and biscuity notes. A nice roasted malt finish with moderate bitterness. Very light carbonation. This is a great, complex, exciting brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13198) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2006
Cask handpull at Wetherspoons, Folkestone. Mahogany colour with bubbly beige head. Attractive rich malt and hop aroma. More rich dry malt in mouth. Plenty of fruit as well as some coffee. Dry long finish of dry dry malt. Very tasty and I could have easily drank a couple more pints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3593) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle, bronze, thin but lasting off white head and gentle condition. Gentle earthy hops and hints of sweet chocolate maltiness in the nose, slightly fruity to start with in the mouth but with a gentle nutty chocolate note and delicate flowery hops becoming dominant and quite bitter in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johninmelb (1123) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2006
Nose is sweet malt balanced with burnt toast. Pours ruby amber with a weak head. Flavour is rich and deep with some coffee notes. Smooth mouthfeel. Lingering buttered toast malt. All in all pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (7934) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2006
Cask, Rugby Fest 06. Dark brown with a small head. Aromas are toffee and chocolate malts. Quite sweet. Flavours are toffee malts and berries. Lacks much character. Properly malty but a bit one-dimensional.

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