Brewed by Earl Soham
Style: Bitter
Debenham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned (only from the Tastebuds shop next to the brewery).
Slightly darker than light with a softer Fuggles hop character and a hint of sweet. Brewed using pale malt, crystal malt, and black malt, and only Fuggles hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2008
Cask (handpump) @ Victoria, Earl Soham, England IP13.
Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, nutty, toffee. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. (010808)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (40864) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2014
From cask. Pours dark orange to hazzlenut brown with a small off white head. Aroma is toasted malty, light metaloic. Phenolic and dry malty. Bitter to herbal finish. Bitter, herbal and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2014
Cask @ GBBF 2014. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22450) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2011
14th July 2011
Chelmsford Beer Festival. Opaque dark brown beer. Light suddy tan head. A very dark bitter! Light semi dry palate. Rich malt - nice! Has a little dark malt character as well. Trace of chocolate. Fresh mild hops underneath. Mild minerals. Smooth semi dry palate. Mild bitter aftertaste. Well joined up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2008
Cask at Paisley Beer Festival 2008 ... copper ... fruity nose ... decent malt character ... rounded ... little hop in linger

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2007
Cask handpull at Victoria, Earl Soham. Chestnut, lasting beige head. Excellent condition. Strong hop and rich brown sugar malt aroma. Smooth in mouth, and then a big burst of hop on the finish. Really peppery. Decent best bitter, with a very heavy hop finish for an English beer. Malts are toffeeish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9949) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2007
Cask, Leicester Fest 07. Amber brown with a small head. Aromas are toffee malts with spices and pine. Flavours are sweet toffee with quite a degree of fruit. Soft malts with some biscuit. Some herbal notes. A well balanced bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2006
Cask Stillage at Lewisham Theatre, Catford 14/06/2001 Dark coloured and very smooth on the palate. Fine hoppy finish. Sweet wine notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Wheatsheaf, Southwark 27/01/10. Reddish-brown with a slight, off-white head. Sweet, malty aroma. Flavour was much the same with a moderately bitter finish. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2003
This beer is invariably described by CAMRA and others as overwhelmingly hoppy. Indeed I remember having a pint at the Victoria at Earl Soham a few years ago (and before I started writing tasting notes) that was a strange beast indeed - fruit and astringency in equal measure. However, I think the hops must have been toned down a bit. Certainly starts fruity and has plenty of balancing hops, but nothing overwhelming. In fact, a rather well balanced best bitter. Handpump, Station Hotel, Framlingham, October 2003

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