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


on tap

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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
rarbring (1957) - 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 (9957) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1318) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
500 mL bottle from Tesco into a pint glass. Dark red with little head. Smells of hops and chocolate, nice. Chocolatey, sweet and light. Its nice, but not a world beater.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Martin243 (946) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
500 ml bottle cellar cool served in a chalice. Beautiful deep chestnut brown body with a white head which rapidly disappeared. citrus and resin in the aroma. I really wanted to enjoy this, and admittedly, it had more going for it in texture than the same brewery’s Golden Seahawk which I didn’t enjoy at all, but I got the same woody wet carboard and paracetmol flavour, albeit with some toffeeish malt. This, for me is not a great signature taste. Overall, drinkable, but not enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5186) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, best before end of March 2012, drank fairly fresh on 17th Jan 2010. Poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard. Not sure where this came from, but it has an American importers name on it and refund prices for the US, as well as the Government Warning. It must have been intersepted before it left the UK! What beautiful looking beer! Great reddy, deep rustic brown body, clear and bright. Minute bubbles rising up to the wonderfully formed light tanned foaming head which sits like a crown on top. Good heavy lacing on the glass as I ploughed my way through the brew. Toffee notes in the nose and semi-sweet molasses from the malts. The malts rule the taste challenge, the hops only arriving later as the mouth drys. I thought the mouth dried very quickly, leaving a hop bitterness in the throat. The brewery claim it has "a smooth malty bitter sweet finish" on the rear label, can’t agree with that. OK the dryness could be a mix of maltiness and hops combined, but smooth it wasn’t. I liked it greatly, looked and tasted like a good quality product.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Gift from SJ. This was decent bitter. I enjoyed the toffee hop and chocolate blend. Thank Sj

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump High Cross Leicester. A brown beer with a whitish head and lacing. Nice orangey fruits in the mouth together with a little choccy malt. Thinnish in the nose. A little fruit perhaps but this has a lovely flavour profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (15259) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2012
Cask at The Archibald Simpson, JDW, Aberdeen. Pours clear amber with a creamy, off-white head. Toasty leaves and woody malts in the aroma. Light sweet flavor, crisp bread, leafy bitterness. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Dry, woody bitter finish with lightly toasted malt sweetness. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (3975) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle from Ales by Mail. Toffee malt aroma & flavour. Medium dark brown colour, good head. Bitter aftertaste. Decent bitter in a nice bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2011
I tasted this bottled from asda. Dark brown with a toasty, stouty smell at first. Flavours in some way similar to a dark mild but quite heavy in the mouth and with an extra tang - reminiscent of soy sauce or balsamic and not at all unpleasant. Ever so slighty sweet.

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