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


on tap

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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   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 13/20
yngwie (16518) - 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 (40811) - 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 (1083) - 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 (9164) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14181) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2007
Bottle. Copper colour with a beige head. Aroma is sour, nut, caramel. flavour is caramel, hop, roasted, malt, nut. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2007
A Mes rate: Gravicask at Kent Beer Festival. Looking at the other rates by people whom I often share an opinion I can only summise this was in poor form. Nutty, very mellow and rather bland with some tea to round it off. Not my thing at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (6065) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 <i>500ml bottle from Waitrose.</i> Copper coloured with a peaky off-white head; stewed fruit aroma; slightly sour at first then developing a rounded caramel body; harsh bitter finish. Rather unrounded.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2007
Brown colour and a little cloudy. Plummy caramel. Grassy earthy hops. Gentle hop bitterness. Long lasting hop flavours and bitterness. Cacao flavours. A bit sharp on the palate with some rough edges. Unpleasant aftertaste with some rather harsh hop flavours for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (7307) - 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.)

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