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Brewed by Durham
Style: English Strong Ale
Durham, England

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RATINGS: 123   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2007
Golden, with a nice head. The aroma has fruity, hoppy, caramel and alcohol notes, and I find the same in the flavour, that has a lot of fruit notes. The finish is nice and bitter. The alcohol is a bit too dominant IMO.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bozoNZ (718) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 10, 2009
5ooml b/c. Murky orange and quite talkative from lenghty bottle conditioning (held on to this one for a while). A whiff of light perfume, some warm alcohol and almost essence. Rich fullness, a touch of orangey resin with hot hops and light malt flavours lurking in the distance. Nice enough but doesn’t linger long enough of leave you with that syrupy resinous coating that you think you are in for.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (14104) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2009
Cask at GBBF 2009. Gold, lasting thin off white head. Interesting strong English blond. Pretty tasty. Some lemon, rose petal flavour. Pretty good to be honest. Bit of earthyness on the hops.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9158) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2010
(Gravity as Durham Magnificat) Amber with no head. Citrus hop scent. Well balanced. Quite dry. Oranges in the mouth and some sugars on the end but not as sweet as the ABV suggests. Slight kick at the end but easy drinking.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2010

Cask (handpump) @ The Grove, 2 Spring Grove Street, West Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England HD1 4BP.

[ As Durham Magnificat ].
Light light unclear medium orange color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, moderate to heavy hoppy, grapefruit, citrus - orange, lime. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20100119]

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

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle 50 cl, Westholme Stores. Pours murky orange amber with a small bubbly/creamy beige head leaving lace. Aroma is caramel, sweet malty, bready, fruity Flavor is sweet, fruity, apples, pears, piny and bitter. Finishes longlived bitter with a fruity touch.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2011
A - citrus and malt A - mid gold, slightly hazy with thin head T - light sweet with full strong bitter P - mid and soft O - decent, but not great

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2012
50cl from Beer City, BB 04-2014. Couleur léger dorée/orangée, col fin blanc. Arôme, reste assez faible, je ne note pas trop venant de la mousse, laissant plus un bouquet de ces houblons européens pour une pointe fruitée citronnée légère et herbacée. Palais, houblonnée léger épice sur notes de grains, faible ajout des houblons US laissant une faible note fruitée, laissant plus l’accent sur une amertume noble. Manque de convaincre pour une IPA, gardant plus cette approche très anglaise. Pas mauvaise, mais une meilleure approche aux niveau des houblons aurait été appréciée.


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