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

bottled
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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Atheist_Peace (944) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2011
Copper pour with an off white head that leaves little lace. Stewed prunes is all I can pick out of the very bland nose. Sort of sweet and fruity on the palate. Light easy going palate with no real bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thelynchfella (41) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 28, 2011
From a 500ml bottle. Poured rudy red in colour. Smell of sweet biscuit malts, light hoppiness in aroma too. Sweet malt, citrus hop and fruity taste. Very drinkable, nice beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2011
[3837-20110723] 500mL bottle. Rose petal grains aroma. Clear, orange amber body with a quick foamy off-white head. Grainy watery malt flavour. Medium body. Fair. (5/3+/6/3/13) 3.0
(w/ jerc)

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cyrenaica (966) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
500ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on July 23, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen’s Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent red colour, not quite ruby, with a thin white cap. The aroma was skunk, some nuttiness, and metallic tones. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is gross. Some sweetness up front, and a lot of graininess and acidity in back.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2011
2011-07-23. Crisp golden amber, small foamy off-white head. 3+ Dry malty aroma, toasty notes, English malt character. Flavour is similary, lightly tangy English malt character. Light bitterness throughout. Biscuity malt lingers. Average plus bodied palate. Enjoyable, fairly typical average English bitter. Bottle from the LCBO, Toronto

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Thanks to Alex for this... Clear light copper, light tan head... Smells like bo and vomit, yum! Light toffee, really bad... The taste isn’t as bad, light bo with toffee,, not terrible but a couple ounces is enough

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (8127) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2011 Clear orange vast white head. Sweet, charcoal and raisin in the smell. Taste light to medium bitter, not much more. Low carbo, low body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
Bottle from LCBO. Clear copper with a thin off-white head with average retention. Aroma is nice biscuity english malt, a hint of toasted bread and caramel and herbal hops. Flavor is nice english malt, biscuits, toasted malt, herbal and earthy hops with a moderately bitter finish. Well balanced. Medium body, with very fine bubbles and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very decent ESB.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchDrebus (3967) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2011
This one to me is a drink and forget beer. Scores a little bit under par. Bottle looks classy though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
HeistAlmighty (1123) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 22, 2011
500ml bottle. Poured a deep coppery amber with effectively no head. I was surprised to find out this was supposed to be a bitter as the bitterness was rather mild. Good maltiness with a certain je ne sais quoi I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Overall it was a decent beer but nothing memorable.


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