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


on tap

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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5221) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1332) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2010
Bottle.Light brown with a small head,aroma of caramel nut and malt,taste is similar with some fruit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (7323) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (4010) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rubbishystuff (2312) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (13290) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2010
500 ml bottle poured a clear tarnished copper with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, cocoa, earthiness and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and light fruittiness with a smooth carmel finish.

   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 (2554) - 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 (5619) - 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.

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