Donnington SBA
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Brewed by Donnington
Style: Bitter
Stow on the Wold, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vladivostok (446) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2016
Rather disappointed in this beer which I must have first drunk over 40 years ago and if my recollection is correct certainly liked then. Appearance is a little muddy, which is how I recalled it. Flavours were toffee, a certain amount of diacetyl with medium-high levels of bittering hops. Where it fell down for me was in the conditioning which was almost non-existent,. I havenít been too harsh though as this could have been due to shortcomings at the pub. One I will look out for in future to give another chance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
47574xeCD (862) - Godís Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2015
Cask at The Pheasant Toddington. Poured clear chestnut colour with white head. Nose is malt caramel biscuits taste is caramel malts yeast toffee. Pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sjohnh (752) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2015
On draught in Swindon, so not quite the Cotswolds. Dark woody colour, decent white head and medium bodied. Some earthy fruit on top of caramel malt. Pretty good and very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CraftBeerNick (1920) - 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 (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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 (1549) - 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 (2193) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - 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 (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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.

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