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

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RATINGS: 205   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.


v1rgil's rating

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, - JUN 1, 2012
From bottle -pours a clear amber hue, with slight off-white head that dissipates. Aroma is slight sour cherry sweetness. First sip barley grainy with sweet and sour. Aftertaste is light fruit tea.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gary (1421) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2014
Bottled. I was hoping for an old ale from a statistical perspective,so fuck this being an ESB. Nose is earthy hops and stupid fat recipe malt without finesse.No beer head to speak of, dark brown beer. Drinks. Toffee or caramel malt ,butterscotch malt,earthy boring hops, treacle in a fucken cloying feature.notes of boring fucken beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sinfull (881) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Ruby/ amber color , medium off-white head. Aroma of malt , fruit and hint of hop. Mild bitterness in taste , some earthy notes , fruits and malt. Nothing fascinating , just normal.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Artichoke (81) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
OK, two finger head....kinda bland....not much going on. A little fruit forward with a hint of hops

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6643) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 31, 2014
Bottled from Kent Boys. Pale red color with lace. Nose of roses, fresh plums, a bit earthy. Somewhat vineous, fruity flavor. Interesting and a nice drink.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brleo (77) - - OCT 25, 2014
Nothing amazing, but not bad either. A decent enough brew. Pour results in minimal head. Appearance is a soft copper colour, similar to an Old Speckled Hen. Aroma is decidedly underwhelming - very little going on here, kind of smells like a brown ale. Taste is far more similar to a brown ale or red ale than an ESB...whereas ESBís and other English Bitters have a floral, spicy character, this one tastes fairly malty and nutty, yet muted. Palate is nothing much to speak of, not much lingering flavor. Overall, itís good enough, but nothing to write home about.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Freaky_tiki (615) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
If I were at a party & you were to hand this to me, Iíd think it was a frothy ginger ale. But this ainít no party & youíve never given me a beer. Itís a fine bitter. Nothing avant garde, but nothing too bad. If I were at the helm Iíd turn down the caramel sugars & Iíd also be a little concerned about the somewhat off metallic, coppery hint of an aftertaste. But yeah: itís a bitter & its okay.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewGoblin (448) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
Veddy veddy sweet. Well, not excessively, but for a Bitter it sure does have a lot of caramel and burnt toffee going on. Beautiful ruddy copper with a razor thin head. Smells of caramel, toast, earth and leather, light herbal hops. A dry finish, leaving a residual bitter bite is really the only thing that keeps this from being too sweet. Itís a nice mellow sipper, lunch beer. I wish the body was a little more full as well.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joakgust (932) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Clear red amber beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, herbs, nuts and bread. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, herbs, nuts and bread. Cap had leaked after travel so it had lost a lot of carbonation. Pretty ok though.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hidden_Pooch (409) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
Didnít even know what type of beer this was, until now. Pours a clear amber with small head. Aroma is of pine, grapes, basements, and ripe fruits. Tastes of caramel, grapes, toffee, wood, and syrup. Has a medium body with low carbonation. It is smooth but feels almost flat and is watery on the tongue. Kind of has a grape juice aftertaste as well. Not the best bitter, but doesnít deserve such low ratings.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2463) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle from Waitrose, Newcastle. Hazy orange-amber coloured with burnt toffee, malty and orange blossom flavours, gentle nutty notes with peppery hops and caramel and vanilla on the finish.


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