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Brewed by Durham
Style: English Strong Ale
Durham, England

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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9643) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 30, 2013
500ml bottle (Angleterre, Helsinki)
Bold orange, lovely tight spongy persistent head. Rich fruity aroma. Rich malty body. Nicely attenuated. Dry leafy hops in the finish. Refreshing. No alcohol. All-round solid English strong bitter, though perhaps a little unexciting.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2009
Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 05/08/2009 Fruity aroma. Golden coloured smooth on the palate and strong in alcohol with a slightly dry malt finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9036) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 15, 2011
Bottle: Deep golden, hazy, orangey sheen, small off-white foamy layer; moderate sweetish and woody-caramelly nose, supprted by hints of vanilla; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied, very soft; slightly lingering woody and sweet-lemony finish. Really good.....

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 21, 2011
(bottle) Cloudy, golden to amber colour with a loose medium-sized foamy off-white head. Sweet (cara-)malty aroma with sour-fruity notes of grapefruit and a slightly herbal hoppy touch. Sweet-bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a calm carbonation. Cara-malty and slightly citric taste with notes of herbal and woody hops; moderately dry bitter-sweet finish with woody and slightly fruity hops and and vanilla in the aftertaste. A balanced Ale. 09.III.11

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8497) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2009
From the Real Ale in a Bottle Bar at GBBF 09. Medium sized, white head over a plain golden body. Sweet malty aroma added by dark spices. The flavour can be described as an interplay of succulent fruits and caramel malts.Some mild honey hints behind it all. On the sweet side of bittersweet to the ending. Medium bodied and with a fine drinkability (Earls Court, hotel room, 07.08.2009).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8323) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2003
Durham Brewery seem to produce consistently good beers and this is no exception. A swith any good IPA, this is strong in alcohol but supremely drinkable (a dangerous combination). This is fresh and fruity in aroma. Flavours are fruity, citrus and tangy. The finish is looonnngggg and bitter. Alcohol vapours on the finish are warming and satisying. Nicely done!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2011
50 cl bottle at Haktet, Göteborg. On February 5, 2011
BB June 2013
Clear copper color, smallish white head. Sweet, alcohol, cheeze scent. Mild, hoppy, grainy, alcohol taste. Grainy aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7698) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Bottled - leftover from DC gathering. Clouded orange colour. Lots of hop - pine, resin and citrus (orange). Very American pale/IPA in style. Some yeast and pale malt is evident in the flavour. Noticeably bitter. Enjoyable. (8/3/7/4/15 = 3.7)
RE-RATE. Cask (gravity dispense) at the Great British Beer Festival Day 2, August 2009 as Magnificat. Didn’t realize this was the same beer as St Cuthbert, which I had already rated. Amber colour. No head but quite lively condition. Fairly restrained aroma. Some sweetish fruity notes on the palate but finishes fairly dry. Long, fruity aftertaste. Very easy drinking for the strength. Not as much presence as expected. Not much like an APA either. (7/3/7/3/13 = 3.3)
Original score retained.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (7423) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2013
500 ml bottle. Gyle 2376. BB Nov 2014. Kaisla, Helsinki, Finland.
Hazy amber colour with small off-white head. Floral hops, fruitiness and maltiness in the aroma. English style floral hoppiness, some bitterness, maltiness and dryness in the flavour. Rather tasty.


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