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

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RATINGS: 149   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1528) - 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 (3336) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle on 06/28/2010. Clear copper amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet floral and light caramel aroma. Sweet floral and light pale malt flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/7/4/15 - 3.6 Bottle at WBF-Raleigh on 04/24/2010. Clear copper body with a small off-white head. Sweet earthy and caramel aroma. Sweet caramel flavor on a earthy malt background. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/6/3/14 - 3.6

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2010
Deep amber with a loose cask head. The aroma is quite toasty with some crystal malt accents. Rich crystal malts and toast character with herbal hops. Good, balanced dark bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Cask @ Raven, Bath. Dark mahogany with scattered lace. Husky malt aroma. Sweet malty entry. Dry, nutty, and burnt toffee finish with some dates too. Very nice.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1304) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2010
Bottle.Light brown with a small head,aroma of caramel nut and malt,taste is similar with some fruit.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6656) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (apricot), moderately yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard, basement). Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Seemingly infected, although whether intentionally or not is questionable. The scent reminds me of too-old bottles of Blaugies...very musty. Not much else underneath the funk. Unpleasant sourness and aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Pours brownish amber with a mostly receding wispy off-white head. Notes of biscuit, toffee, sweet earthy malt. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3290) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2010
This a nice bitter w/ some nice dark malt notes. The pour is quite lovely w/ a nice clear brown color and tons of lace. Earthy hops and some nutty malt make for most of the nose but there is some toast and roast back there too. Just a mild sprinkling of carbonation greets the tongue on this light bodied beer. Dark malt flavor develops well while the beer remains mostly dry and drinkable. This is a well put together beer, I think, lower alcohol and still flavorful. I wish my countrymen would take note.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rubbishystuff (1998) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2015 Nice amber color and another rather nice English ale. I would drink again but with the Cotleigh Tawny I got maybe the bottle was a bit old. Bitter but not a lot of hop flavor. Serving: Bottle


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