Brewed by Wychwood (Marstons plc)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottle: filtered.
A deliciously robust, rich blend of hops and malt, including an English barley first used in 1905 called Plumage Archer. This traditional ale is lovingly brewed using barley from selected organic farms, including Duchy Home Farm at Highgrove.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Martin243 (829) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2012
500ml bottle, cellar cool. More mid-brown than ruby. Slightly hazy with a thin white head. abit of ripe red fruit in the aroma, and some plummy jammy flavour. Not bad, but not my type of beer really. I think it’s O.K. but personally, I think this style needs a bit more warming alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (21553) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
Bottled@my birthdaybash@Chriso. Deep golden colour, small white head. Aroma is sweet malts, nectar, some mild herbal and earthy notes. Also mild notes of the Wychwood houseflavour. Flavour is caramel malts, bitter fruity and floral notes with some wood and slight resiny notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mike_77 (3602) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2011
Copper colour. Flavour has sweet red fruits. Quite a thin texture. Sweet jam-like aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (37269) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2011

Bottle 500ml. @ chriso [ oh6gdx birthday bash tasting ].

Clear medium yellow amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain - caramel, moldy - musty, toffee, damp stain - fusty. Flavour is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111203]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle from LCBO. Amber pour with a fast-fading head. The aroma is quite sweet with a little bit of caramel and some sweet crystal malt. Fruity esters with a touch of lingering sweetness. Has a very sweet candyish aroma and flavour. Meh - can’t say I’m a fan of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
EdKing (2050) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle at Pat’s birthday tasting at Chriso’s. Clear reddish brown, white head. Nose is malty, caramel, touch roasted and bit of yeast. Taste is light, watery ale and bit of caramel and fruity hop. To thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodenbach99 (3394) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
Bouteille de 500ml. (Merci Vincent) LCBO. Bière cuivrée avec une mousse beige épaisse. Le nez est bien agréable avec des légères notes grillés, caramel, malt crystal. La bouche est ronde, avec une touche caramel et une certain houblon en fin de bouche. La finale a une légère amertume métallique. Agréable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerSkull (1352) - SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2011
Tart aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar and grapes. The taste is a bit thin but somewhat special given that this is a bitter, it is more hop aromatic, dry and rather rough and with flavors of brown sugar and caramel malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Delicate oranges, biscuity tea leaves and caramel meld in this softly effervescent and mineral ESB.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam covers the dark amber.
-The flavor profile is balanced from aroma to finish.
-This might feel like a generic Extra Special Bitter, but it is still competently executed and quite pleasant to drink.
-Drinkability is quite high.
-Berry-like fruitiness appears within the caramel malt and fruity hop union.
-Even though this brew seems to pride itself in its local barley selection, it didn’t have a distinctive feature to make it stand out in its own category...


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2981) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
Bottle, LCBO. Dark orange, small white (orange tinted) head. Taste is pretty standard UK pasteurized bitter - fruity, tea like hops. Taste has a bt ore hops than average - quite light and fruity with a more sweet full body coming in at the finish. Better up front, a little old and same old sweet and slightly bitter in the finish. Not a bad beer really, glad I tried it.

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