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


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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (6745) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2006
500 ml brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 4.5%. Copper coloured, large and lingering creamy light tan head, leaves a nice lacing. Very nice aroma of toast, roasted malts, burnt caramel, orange marmalade and aromatic hops. Powerful flavour of roasted malts, burnt toast, caramel, brown bread and nuts. A distinct hoppy and roasty bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Not a beer of the "easy drinking" kind, but has definitely character. I might have liked a tad more sweetness to balance the bitterness, but this is still an excellent beer. As the beer warms up, the malts come even more in front, and the bitterness is somewhat less dominant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17337) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2006
Cask handpull at Wetherspoons, Folkestone. Mahogany colour with bubbly beige head. Attractive rich malt and hop aroma. More rich dry malt in mouth. Plenty of fruit as well as some coffee. Dry long finish of dry dry malt. Very tasty and I could have easily drank a couple more pints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
Cask; deep chestnut brown, large thick creamy head; a very smooth beer; predominantly malty, some caramel, a hint of chocolate; moderately bitter with some nice English hops providing balance; unshowy but eminently drinkable; proof that a mid strength brown beer can be excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2005
Cask (gravity dispense) at GBBF, August 2005. Rich mid brown colour. lashings of deep malt and earthy, slightly dusty, hops. Nutty on the palate. Very dry and quite bitter. Beautifully balanced. A terrific traditionally styled English best bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1889) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2009
(Bottle Conditioned). Way eazy drinking , malty and aromatic brew. Huge ass white foam top above amber. Hop buds,flowers,spice and roast malt ..dusty caramel . A little thin in the mouth , but good ,sinkable flavoursome ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluebetty (1021) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5224) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 21, 2011
Nice dark brown colour with a good white head.A rather malty beer with notes of nut and caramel. Bitter finish. Very tasty. Also, owls are cool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (6375) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, best before end of March 2012, drank fairly fresh on 17th Jan 2010. Poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard. Not sure where this came from, but it has an American importers name on it and refund prices for the US, as well as the Government Warning. It must have been intersepted before it left the UK! What beautiful looking beer! Great reddy, deep rustic brown body, clear and bright. Minute bubbles rising up to the wonderfully formed light tanned foaming head which sits like a crown on top. Good heavy lacing on the glass as I ploughed my way through the brew. Toffee notes in the nose and semi-sweet molasses from the malts. The malts rule the taste challenge, the hops only arriving later as the mouth drys. I thought the mouth dried very quickly, leaving a hop bitterness in the throat. The brewery claim it has "a smooth malty bitter sweet finish" on the rear label, can’t agree with that. OK the dryness could be a mix of maltiness and hops combined, but smooth it wasn’t. I liked it greatly, looked and tasted like a good quality product.

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