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Brewed by Durham
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Durham, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cask; Permanent. Also available bottle conditioned.
Evensong is a rich ruby coloured 20C English bitter. Based on an original recipe from 1937 this beer captures the flavour of its time. Goldings and Fuggles hops combine with darker malts to give a traditional English character.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2012
Bottle at the NWAF, Manchester. Poured a clear amber with a large off white head. Aroma is malts, sweetness. Flavour is treacle, more malts, nice bitterness. Very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle 50 cl, Westholme Stores. Pours clear ruby mahogany with a nice tanned head. Aroma is malty, bready, a bit sweet and fruity. Flavor follows the aroma, bitter too. Finishes malty and bitter.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle, shared by Parksy. Medium old penny copper colour, brief almond head. Aroma is pretty weak reall-- some breadcrust and caramel, not much alse. Palate is dark caramel with light fruity accents, finish is brief and bitter with a faint metallic note. Just okay for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1411) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 6, 2011
Tasted this in the Three Judges, Glasgow in October 2005. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear ruby in colour with a thin creamy buff head. Fruity malt aromas sharp on the nose. Silky smooth mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a fiery digestive biscuit base with strong overtones of redcurrants and pink grapefruit. Strong spicy hop prickle gives a slightly dry almost woody aftertaste. Finish is sweet, malty and smooth with juicy red winegum notes present. An excellent session ruby ale and it really reminded me of Caledonian 125 for those who can remember that far back. Well recommended.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4388) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2011
500ml bottle pours amber in color with about an inch of white head that leaves some really nice thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is light caramel with some aromatic hops. Taste is light caramel sweetness with a pleasing hoppy bitterness. A light to medium bodied ale which is full flavoured and was pleasing to drink.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (7244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2011
500mL bottle, pours a dark amber / brown with a beige head (one finger width). Aroma of English malts, nuts, caramel and some slightly tart fruits. Flavour of butterscotch, English malts, toasted nuts and slight roasted notes. Decent.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2011
500 ml. from Presario. I expected more balance, instead recieved a fresh bottle that was mostly lagerish. A little bitterness, a tad above average mouthfeel. Drinkability was OK, but this is a common beer and nothing to seek out of interest.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 29, 2011
On cask at Lady Grey’s, Newcastle. Pours a dark red colour with a light tan head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, treacle and yeast. Similar flavours with a fair alcohol hum. Cream mouth-feel and a raisiny alcohol linger.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VertBaconStrips (2100) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 9, 2011
Poured out a dark hazelnut colour, clear with a thumb thick off white head that fizzles down quickly. The aroma is fairly mild with its caramel, pepper, light herb, mineral, salt... interesting - is this supposed to smell like this? That is a real interesting and unique aroma. Nice hoppy (English of course) flavour backed by a mineral and spice kick, unsweet caramel, old grey wood, tart dryness, yeast and maybe an orange rind lingering near the end. More of a burnt quality comes out near the bottom along with a more defined hard bitterness that does not last strongly on the after taste. I’m not quite growing to like this enough. Not flat. Very drying. Maybe one wasn’t enough but with a Mikkeller peering at me that sure the hell ain’t gonna happen.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle. Best before April 2013 seems like a long time for a Bitter. Dark copper with a very thick lasting brown head. Mild nose has hints of earth and wood with a trace of spice. Has a strong dark malt flavour with some dark spice and hop notes. Kind of reminds me of a mix of a hoppy Bitter and a Mild. An easy drinker with the malt, spice and some dark caramel notes building through the glass.


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