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Brewed by Cotleigh
Style: Bitter
Taunton, England
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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tombyars (1389) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 24, 2011
First tasted this in Gabriels, Paisley in March 1997. Cask, hand pump dispense. Clear pale amber in colour with a thick foam white head. Fresh cut grass in the short aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt base gives a digestive biscuit base laced with tart goosebery fruit. Hop resins present in the grassy, bitter aftertaste. Finish is bitter sweet with citric fruit and weak caramel notes. An ok session bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
paolo69 (7) - - OCT 27, 2011 does not count
A fantastic ale,coppery color ,with a malty body.Notes of dried fruit, toffee and nuts.Not very hoppy, but really great.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Boring British beer - well made, tasty but frankly quite dull. Crystal malt and British hops ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (5380) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2011
500ml Bottle - Brown with red tinges and a foamy head. Fruity and malty aroma with caramel and dried fruit. Fruity, malty and slightly hoppy taste with notes of dried fruit, toffee and nuts.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2011
Old Rating. Bottle. Brown, tan head. Basic malty aroma. Decent malt body, biscuity, dried fruits.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2011
bottle 12/5/10. coppery brown color with almost no head. very low carbonation as well. it smells like metal/tin, british spiciness, a little toasty and mild caramel. surprisingly alcoholic flavor... along with dried herbs and the aroma’s notes. dry spicy finish tries to help the flat mouth feel to no avail. 4/3/4/2/10

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (2675) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 22, 2011
50cl bottle. Pours a reddish-brown with a decent head, some of which stays. The nose has toffee and pecan nuts. The taste has chocolate, toffee and malt. The palate has a medium to big body and structure, but my problem is that it doesn’t clean on the end - there’s a malt note that hangs about rather than a fresh hop finish.Overall, a great smelling and tasting beer which could do with a bit more balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 21, 2011
Nice dark brown colour with a good white head.A rather malty beer with notes of nut and caramel. Bitter finish. Very tasty. Also, owls are cool.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (2084) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Medium amber, small long-lasting head, good lacing. Clean malt with light spices, big finish with the taste of what I suppose is cloves. Good session beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
greenmanalishi (479) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2011
Bottle. Woodlands Garden Centre, Leicestershire. Pours a ruby brown. Very little/neutral aroma. Dry, woody, earthy flavours. Not as strong or deep as I was hoping from the description. Malts and toffees but disappointingly thin.


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