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


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RATINGS: 150   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thompson (445) - - APR 27, 2013
Small to no head.. red clear colour.. smell hops malts.. taste hops an malts some grass.. shared by dutch dreibus..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bobson (6) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2013 does not count
Thanks to Dutchdrebus. Quite a nice bottle. Small head and good colour. Looks bit of dark brown and clear. Tastes reasonably good although the after taste could be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (10618) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2013
Bottle thanks to Dutchdrebus. Clear amber color, small off - white head. Smell and taste malts, some caramel, bitter, lightly some hops. Medium body, ok carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4815) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2013
Bottle @ benzai thx to me. Clear copper colour with a small white head. Smells malts, some hops sweetish, fruit. Tastes sweet and sour, fresh, hops. Thin body, soft tingly carbo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
note666 (1204) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2013
2013 - 03 - 28 500ml bottle. amber colour. medium, off-white head. woody aroma, hints of chocolate. light bitter taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tampierre (1040) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 23, 2013
Bottled 0.5l ; Devon ; UK ; Malty caramel,nuts and roasty aroma ; Brown color with smaller head ; Sweeter taste with slight bitter finish ; Pleasant bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mile (3459) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. Dark amber, average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and lightly sweetish aroma, some caramel and light roasted malt, light barnyard. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light caramel and faint roasted malt. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, faint caramel and light roasted malt, light barnyard and light sourness with light hoppyness. Light notes of barnyard in the aroma/finish, not too sweet though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheJestersBeer (2265) - SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottled. Dry, medium bodied. Hoppy, quite robust tase, light roast, vaguely sour? (2009-06-08)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
rarbring (1855) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2012
Aroma: The smell is sweet, nuts and almonds, some sour fruit notes, and a hint of old pea soup.
Appearance: The beer is deep amber and slightly hazy, a very small, quickly evaporating and uneven off-white head. No lacing.
Taste: When it comes to the taste this sample was quite stale and a bit sour. Don’t know if something had went astray. Anyway; Some toffee nutty sweetness, slightly sour fruits and a presence of glue.
Palate: No carbonation, flat but soft, slightly dry finish.
Overall: As said, this was probably not in the best conditions.
Note: Cask at DeKlomp. Reviewed 2011-01-25.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (9585) - Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2012
500ml bottle. It pours a hazy brownish amber with some reddish hues. The head is foamy but soapy and slightly off-white. The smell is mild. English hops, doughy malt, subtle fruit tones. Earthiness, toffee. The flavor is pleasant. Breadcrust, some cocoa, dark fruits, almost a tawny wine flavor. Hops come in with some mild herbal notes and a slight bitterness in the finish. This is a pretty good above-average brew.

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