Donnington SBA
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Brewed by Donnington
Style: Bitter
Cheltenham, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Cask; Regular. Previously 4.6%.
Malt dominates over bitterness in the subtle flavour of this premium bitter, which has a hint of fruit and a dry malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CraftBeerNick (1054) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Cask at the Fox Inn, Great Barrington. 20th July 14. Not a bad bitter, fairly sweet, nice malt character, OK

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5320) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2014
Queens Head, Stow-on-the-Wold. Diacetyl in the nose. Honeyed flavour. Soft and accessible, but a little dry and dull and slightly spoiled by the diacetyl (which, reading the other comments, seems to be a standard feature of the beer when served at this pub).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kassner (1389) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Had this at The Queens Head in Stow. Malty and caramel, bronze color and a nice head. Preferred the BB also on cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (1928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Draught at a pub in Stowe-on-the -Wold. Nice simple bitter that is good for sessioning. Best drunk in a small pub owned by the brewery if you ask me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theydon_Bois (10571) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
Cask at the Prince of Wales, Farnborough BF (at the bar - may have been part of the BF range?) - 12/10/12. Clear golden/amber with a decent off white head. Itís appearance was the highlight of this beer! Pale malt nose and a touch of the vinegars. Taste is pale malt a little fruit and hops. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, bitter finish. Dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonnyDarcy (6) - ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012 does not count
Queens Head, Stow-on-the-wold, Cotswolds. Darkish brown/amber, creamy head, caramel and butterscotch malts & light bitterness. A lovely session drink for sure, very moreish. There were 2 staunched lager drinkers in our group and they happily quaffed SBA all weekend. And I do mean all weekend...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JamieFerdinand (163) - Hove, East Sussex, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2010
Straight from the cask at Arkellís Brewery Beer Festival 2010. Chesnut coloured beer. Citrus nose, some fruit in the taste and a dry palate. Tasty.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (16546) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2010
15th July 2010. Chelmsford Beer Festival. Hazy amber beer. Little cream head. Sulphur on the nose - sigh! Dry palate - almost chalky. Fresh tangy fruit - tart orange with an unusual and pleasant dash of cherry. Nice flavour but the palate is too bloody dry!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
holliersteve (25) - ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2010
Cask @ Queens head, Stow-on-the-wold, cotswolds. Darkish amber orange, light textured white head, watery body, light caramel malts & lighter bitterness. A hearty drink to be enjoyed indeed. I really enjoyed this one and the hospitality at the pub. Pub and SBA both heartily recommended. Even the Mrs liked it (!).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Cask at GBBF 2009, 5th August 09. Murky mid-brown. Very malty - lots of toffee and biscuit notes. Nutty too. Palate was flat though and overall it wasnít a pleasant drinking experience. End of the barrel perhaps.

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