Brewed by Durham
Style: English Strong Ale
Durham, England


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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle Conditioned. Also available occasionally in the cask as Magnificat.
Our interpretation of an India Pale Ale. Not too bitter with extra aroma hops for interest.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malts; Challenger, Target, Columbus, Golding and Saaz hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2008
Bottle, Ale Cellar, Darlington. Poured a slightly hazy golden colour with a decent rocky head. Fruity hop aroma with some yeast. Flavour had the same elements and was fragrant and sweetish. Hoppy bitter finish. Good balance. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2008
Bottle. Light amber/gold with a white fluffy head. Really enjoyed this. Fresh, hoppy with a bitter finish. Good work.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 0.5l Bottle. Pours amber, slightly murky with a good frothy white head. Aroma is herbal, resiny hops and a sweet caramel background. Taste is really quite good, similar herbal and resiny hops throughout, quite a sweet and malty background then a slightly citrus, strongly hopped finish with some alcohol. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (19387) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2008
Hazy golden color; big frothy head, persistent. Dubious aroma, with paper, wet soil, country fields and grass, glue; then grassy hops. Medium body strength, but quite dry mouthfeel; it has a dry toffee flavor that along with the strong bitterness creates the effect of liquorice, mainly at the end. Strongly hopped, but not impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (17001) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 29, 2008
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are malt and lots of hops. Good long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9690) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2012 Bottle picked up at Londis, Goring, Oxon, had this 27-01-08 Pours light golden with some haze topped off with a big white bubbly head. Great hop profile on the nose. Tasted fruity and hoppy with a streaky honey sweetness, quite floral also. Tasted great, Durham seem to consistently knock out some cracking beers. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 4.0 Had this again Bottle courtesy of Peter Fowler, Shoulder of Mutton, Wantage, Oxon consumed 21.03.12 Cheers Peter Pours amber with white head lightly floral nose. Bitterness is quite lovely, its certainly reigned in by a nice bed of sweet maltiness but it is still lovely, good fruity flavours with a raspy sweet citrus bite. I still note a light honeyness, it is a great beer maybe not quite the 4.0 but still great. A7 A4 T8 P8 Ov16 3.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2007
Clear blonde covered by a sticky white lasting cover, hugely effervescent looks. A fresh aroma that blends floral, grainy and herbal notes. A bit straightforward and despite the aroma’s apparent freshness, it does not keep up in mouth and this feels unusual for Durham. Perfumey, mineral, fruity palate with a firm bitterness in the finish – lilac and citrus fruits. Medium bodied and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12018) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 1, 2007
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - clear amber colour with a little stable foam; dynamic aroma showing bitter almonds, yeast and grapefruit; highly carbonated; solidly malty with a robust bitterness; dry and long hoppy fruity finish - a nice one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2007
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle thanks to Chris. Golden blonde with a slim white head, The expected spice and sweet notes all the way, typical of this brewer. Nice grassy hops to with just a lick of the alcohol. Long bitter finish. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2007
Bottle -- NIce cloudy golden yellow typical of the style with a medium fluffy white head with a little retention and lacing. Lots of fruit in the aroma: passionfruit, grapefruit, citrus in general, and maybe a touch of cinnamon. Vaguely creamy palate with some noticeable carbonation. The flavour is a repeat of the aroma but with a nice bitter finish and quite prominent alcohol. Quite good.

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