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


on tap

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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5343) - 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 (526) - 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 (14225) - 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 (3637) - 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 (1126) - 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 (8399) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4316) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2006
Cask@Rugby Beer Festival, 2006. Dark brown beer with a light and slightly dry aroma and a rich and light flavour. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2006
Cask conditioned @ Standing Order (JDW), Soton. Toasty malts. Ruby-brown. SLightly musty creamy bitterness and a little fruity tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20174) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2006
Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Clear nut brown. Roasty malt dominates this beer from nose to finish. Medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. It’s very nutty with vague notes of grass and licorice. Bitter, lightly salty finish. A very likeable brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6493) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2006
(Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm) Colour is dark ruby to mid brown. Complex nose dominated by malt and with hints of sweet liquorice, aniseed, fennel, tobacco, nuts and even leather. Malty taste with liquorice, tobacco, nuts and and a somewhat drier bitter finish. Complex, tasty and nice.

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