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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - 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 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2011
Cask at The Craft Beer Co. Deep refractive ruby-amber, large frothy beige head. Classic ESB aroma - floral, sweet, mild alcohol but somewhat more herbal than standard. Taste follows, floral/sweet but nicely balanced. Light, slick mouthfeel, finishes sweet and quickly. Dare I say .... quaffable?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2006
A Mes rate: Cask at the Wenlock Arms. Sweetish aroma. Red brown with very little head. Tart and sweet with plenty of caramel notes. Unexpected bitter hop finish. Slightly unusual but good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2004
Bottled. Deep amber colour with a well form, smooth a shinny white head. Some hops on the nose. More malt than hops in the flavour (only just). Moderately pleasant beer. Thanks to Chris_o for leaving this one behind.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Thanks a lot Chris_o! Nice hazy copper color with a fizzy head. Light malt nose. Light malt and toffee taste that improves as it warms up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9851) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17284) - 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.

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