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


on tap

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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   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 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 (18711) - 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 (4412) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tombyars (1599) - 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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (6846) - 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.

   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.

   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

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