Brewed by Freedom (formerly Brothers)
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Rugeley, England


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Bottle and keg. previously 5.0%.
This superb organic dark lager is made with a blend of four malts, the crystal and cara malt produce a deep ruby red colour giving the lager multi-layered flavours of sweetness and dark toffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdiBeer (1494) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Aroma: grain and toasted malts. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, massive, creamy, beige head. Taste: light bitter and sweet. Palate: sweets intensify, caramel malts, then bitters are coming up, soft carbonation. Overall: not bad for a Vienna, yet nothing to write home about. Pint at Balbacoa, St. Paul’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
edsspoon (529) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle - clear red with a fizzy light brown head which soon fizzles away. Aroma of roasted malts and molasses with chocolate and blackcurrant. Taste is lightly roasty with some molasses, a little grass and a light bitterness to end. Some hints of chocolate. Light body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
CacheManyHose (235) - HONG KONG - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle. Smells quite cloyingly sweet, maple syrup, fermented fruit, cinnamon, bready malt, some anise, bit of cough syrup. Taste is similarly bread/malt with slight anise/raisin spice but sweetness cut by some bitterness and the crisp dry body. Still, a bit too sweet for me, esp. in aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_cross (623) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2014
Keg; dark brown, thin white head; chocolatey malt aroma; taste of light chocolatey toasted malts, a little nutty; clean; prickly; tastes like a Dunkel (a good one) as one of the posters below astutely observes; top value too at £1.00 a half pint at Jenkins & Sons, Poole; perhaps that’s why I enjoyed it so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivnizub (9004) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle(@tibits,Heddon Street): Clear, ruby-amber coloured, small but firm off-White creamy head, visible carbonation,, clean and mild to moderate toasty-caramelly nose with a very delicate hoppy touch; light to moderate sweet-bitter flavour; slightly lingering malty and also a bit hoppy finish. IMHO not a Vienna, tastes more like a continental Dunkel...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 3, 2013
Bottled (from AbM). Amber colour, with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma is quite strong on the crystal malts, with also some bready and mild toasted note. Flavour is sweet malts, toffee, some toasted notes as well as mild wooden and earthy notes. A bit sulphury notes as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nocturne (882) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours a dark amber with a compact white head. Smells like a nice toasty lager. Fairly unoffensive but not really exciting either. Tastes malty like toffee with a touch of cola. Prickly carbonation, some lingering malt sweetness. Not bad overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - FEB 25, 2013
Keg. Surprise of the evening this one! Interesting aroma .... not sure how best to describe it. Great ruby red colour. Complex malty flavours, rounded, refreshing. Slight metallic zing on ending.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dashimus (225) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber, almost red. No head to speak of. Aroma is malty, cherry, possibly a hint of coffee. Also some fruit tones. Taste is bitter, malty. Fruit is distant, mostly cherry. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
The_Bish (1125) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2012
Fuck this. What the hell happened to the 35 bus??? And there’s a queue outside. You’re all a bunch of bastards. Someone had best be nice to me when I get there or there’ll be trouble* *there will be no trouble, I’m a right soft lad...

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