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Brewed by Donnington
Style: Bitter
Cheltenham, England
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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34334) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
Cask @ Great British Beer Festival, GBBF 2008, Earls Court, London, England SW5.
Light unclear medium orange amber color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, anis - licorice notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, and a dry finsh. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. (070808)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20252) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2008
Cask@GBBF2008. Hazy amber colour, not much head. Aroma is wooden, malty and caramelly with some mild flowery hops. Flavour is quite much the same in a good balance. Also has som slight toasted and earhy notes.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (14501) - , 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!

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
Clear golden with tiny white head. Sweet fruity with aroma with grassy notes. Sweet flavor with grassy and grainy notes. Ends mild bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10021) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2006 (Cask conditioned) Plenty of hops come through the aroma of this reddy brown loose headed beer. It quickly loses any fiz and settles to an easy drinking malt dominated warming ale. Very difficult to find, Donnington concentrate on their 15 tied pubs in Gloucestershire, but worth a try when you are in the area.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2006
Cask Stillage at the RUFC, Bromsgrove 15/07/2006 Fruit and strong malt aromas. Amber coloured and slightly sweet on the palate. Very malty with some fruit and wheat flavours. Smooth dry finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theydon_Bois (7944) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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. It’s 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2011 Cask (handpump) at The Queens Head, Stow-on-the-Wold. I like the old fashioned brewery ethos and I liked the pub. And I liked the fact that it had the bottled Double Donn (although I had the last bottle) which was the main reason for the visit. Unfortunately, this beer was decidedly sub-par. Judging by the other scores, I’d be inclined to attribute this to the condition and give it another go. Chestnut colour with a red tint - distinctly dark for a bitter. Off-white head. Slightly cloudy. Diacetyl evident in the aroma. Also slightly sticky caramel malt. Fruity malt flavours. Starts fairly sweet but develops a prominent herbal, almost medicinal, bitterness (think Angostura) in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly soft, with some musty, slightly woody notes. Until that herbal bitterness kicks in. All in all not the most pleasant drinking experience. I would guess this was the end of the barrel. Shame, as this was my first Donnington beer for years. Re-rate when possible. [4/3/5/2/10 = 2.4]
RE-RATE: Cask (gravity dispense) at Battersea Beer Festival on 10 February 2011. Copper colour. Moderate condition. Sweetish best bitter. Quite malty. Decent enough. Still really need to get back to this is top nick in one of their own pubs. Score updated in the meantime. [6/3/6/3/12 = 3.0]

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (7278) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2006
Cask conditioned at the Royal Oak Beer Festival, Gretton, Glos’ Sat 4th March. Wonderful dark amber ale the balance of this beer is just right malty hoppy and lovely nice bitter finish. Donnington’s are one of the best exponents of getting an English bitter just right in my opinion this would have scored even higher if it were not for the fact that it was served just a tad too warm for my liking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (6164) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2010 Cask-conditioned at the Black Horse, Naunton, Gloucs 9/9/07. Clear amber colour with a moderate off-white head that left plenty of lacing down the glass. Fruity malt aroma without being too sweet, with some accompanying hoppiness. Flavour was malty with a touch of red fruit and a decent bitter finish. An excellent well-balanced bitter. The landlord of the pub indicated that the Swindon Arkells inheriting the Donnington brewery has not led to any changes - long may this continue to be the case [4.0]. Re-rate at the Plough in Ford, Gloucestershire, October 2009. Still very enjoyable, although rather more sweet on this occasion [3.6]


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