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


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RATINGS: 148   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Murky brown color with almost no head. Nose of earth and dead leaves with some slight floral notes. Taste of leaves, a little grass, caramel and grain. Acidic bitter finish with some hints of citrus. Balance is odd. By no means a terrible beer, but something seems a bit off. Can’t quite put a finger on it...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle. Hazy, amber body with an off-white, frothy, minimal head. Aroma of caramel, toasted grain, nuts and molasses. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly to moderately acidic. Light to medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Slightly flowery aftertaste mixed with caramel. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EithCubes (5206) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle best before 01 01 11. Malty nose, dark with toffee and faint nuts, caramel with crystal malt, a little chocolate, Goldings and Fuggles for balance. Amber pour, clear with light streaks of brown, a short white head. Taste is dry and lightly fruity, lightly sharp, low bitterness but a lasting cracker aftertaste. Medium body a bit heavier than I’d like. Some mild character coming through, but in the end, I think I’d prefer their Golden Seahawk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bosskie (533) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2010
Very dark copper-red, transparent beer with a foamy head and lots of bubbles sticking to the glass. Coffee pure chocolate smell with hints of malt and cardamom, very nice. The palate is a bit disappointing as I don’t get the richness in the smell back there. Taste is watery, bitter-sour. Well balanced. Nice ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dedollewaitor (14486) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 14, 2010
Bottle @ London. Thanks to Sønder. Pours deep dark amber with a small creamy bubbly white head and lacings. Nose and taste is fruit and buiscuit, and a thick layer of caramel malt and floral hops. As the beer warms the yeast becomes more dominating. Very smooth . Dry end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (6045) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 6, 2010
Bottle. Milk chocolate nose. Dark amber, low offwhite cream. Light roast. Milk chocolate, Soil, A few herbs. Medium body a tad too sticky Still flavourfull Burned toast aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GranvilleTim (1776) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Amber pour with an off-white head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Taste is a combination of nuts and caramel. Dry hop finish. Nice lacing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2010
Cask @ Green Lion Inn, Malmö. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel and chocolate flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dirty medium brown with reddish tint on the edges. Nice slighly rockie head. Fades slowly leaving a little lacing. Wonderul sweet aromas of malt. Slightly toasted and just a little nutty. Flavours show plenty of sweet malt once again with some toast, nuts and also some caramel. Hops come in near the finish to give a nicely bitter end. Balance seems to be about perfect. Really enjoyed this one,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3294) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2010
Bottle 0,55ltr: Hazy amber coloured Bitter with some flowery taste and an fine bitter finish. And i like Owls, great birds.

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