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


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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (3670) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (2689) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
greenmanalishi (493) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gururyan (646) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - APR 10, 2011
Sampled at a beer tasting, more comments to come as I organize my notes from the session.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bottle 500ml. Nice beer. Aromas of grass, and pine. Taste has a sweet start, with bitterness taking over. Palate is oily, and highly carbonated. Amber, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
Hmm, half liter bottle pours rutty red amber with light tan head. The aroma emits almost nothing at all. Early on this beer’s aroma has no aroma. The taste however is pretty yummy with roasted malts, some earthiness, dark fruity esters as well as modest levels of spicy, earthy and floral hops. It has a nice smooth quaffable body. As it warmed I picked up just noticeable levels of dark fruity esters and malts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Appearance: dirty browns, not as dark as expected, with some worn ruby highlights along bottom and edges. Bubbly khaki head fades into a meagerly thin blanket with minimal lace along the way. Swirls with lace.
Nose: a neutral breadiness with some neutral nondescripts spices. Possibly whole wheat and whole grains. Snappy in the back – red apples with more flesh than skin. Golden brown pie crust underneath. Woodiness along edges; essence of bark, twigs, fields of dead grass, moss.
Palate: dry and crispy-crunchy – apples. Very faint sweetness. Dry bark and twigs abound far more so than the nose implied, old moss and brush. Whole grain crackers turning stale. Apples and generic spice linger after each quaff. Plums.
Final Thoughts: the least impressive of the three Cotleigh beers I tasted in a row. Not bad in any overt way but neither is it good in any overt way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (6701) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a slightly hazy dark apple cider color with a small head. The nose is mildly sweet, herbal, somewhat fruity. The flavor has some herbal bitterness, fruits, grapefruit rind, the swetness from the nose disappears quickly. A bit thin. This is not necessarily bad, just not very exciting.

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