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

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RATINGS: 137   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2011
500ml bottle. Murky brown-burgundy with a soapy off-white/beige head. Smooth malty aroma, light caramel notes. Mellow carbonation. I can see how this could be an insipid beer to a Brit, but it’s rather refreshing to my current Midwest-influenced palate. Smooth malty tones, caramel, amber malt. Butterscotch, fishy. Not exactly World Class but I can dig it.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2011
The aroma is a tiny bit toasted but it’s mostly like watery malt with some grassy hops thrown in. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma and a bit acidic. The palate is thin. Overall this is not bad just very boring.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RuneStumo (2143) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2010
10.08.2007. 0,5l Can. Golden colour with white head. Malty aroma. Nice Bitterness, a little short finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2010
Bottel. Dark amber color. malt, pepper and caramel in the aroma. Chichory bitter flavor with caramel, tobacco and pepper. Sweetish with a sticky mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of toffee, with a touch of smoked stone fruit. Flavor shows the same. Overall body is soft but somewhat thin.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (8854) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Amber pour, soapy white head. Aroma is predictably malty, a salty note creeps in. Flavor is lightly smoke, malty, bready...predicatable but ok.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (10404) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured hazy brown color with an average white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Medium toasted sweet malt aroma. Light to medium body with a thin texture and flat carbonation. Light to medium sweet flavor with a light to medium sweet finish of short to moderate duration. Soft brew.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
50cl bottle, bb 1/1/11. Small beige head that most dissipates atop crystal clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some brown sugar, light earthy. Taste is medium sweet, caramel/brown sugar, some orange, light earthy. Watery light body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1263) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2010
500 ml bottle, best by 1/1/2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy chestnut brown color with pretty much no head at all. However, there is a good bit of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is bready and sweet malt, nuts and some butterscotch. The brew tastes like bready and chocolate malt, toffee, nuts and a bit of earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, it’s a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it’s smooth and goes down easy. This brew seems to improve as it warms, and I let this beer sit a few minutes once I took it out of the fridge before opening it. I think it’s a pretty decent overall brew, I certainly wouldn’t turn one down.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3021) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Serving: 500 ml. bottle from a local shop in Hatteras.
Aroma: The nose is bright and crisp with a bit of toast, a light caramel note, and some leafy hops.
Appearance: It pours a deep amber color with a frothy, off-white head that fades very quickly.
Taste: Surprisingly roasty with light caramel and buttery notes in the background. There is a decent hop bitterness to offset everything. There seems to be a little walnut and dirt flavor there as well.
Palate: Light to medium, almost watery body with very low carbonation leading to a lingering, dirty walnut finish. Kind of odd.
Overall: This one could use a little bit of work. The flavor profile is interesting and the nose is rather nice. The body is just sits there though.


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