Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned (mainly for export). Canned version is pasteurised and listed separately.
History : Horndean Special Bitter (HSB) was first brewed in 1959 to meet a growing demand for a higher strength bitter. Sales growth was slow throughout the sixties when BBB and the cask milds were the predominant Gales beers. However, following the creation of CAMRA and the greater public interest in cask conditioned beer, HSB sales grew throughout the seventies and eighties and became Gales major brand. Production moved to Fullers in early 2006.

bosta's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bosta (128) - - DEC 6, 2011
Bottle (500 ml): ruby amber coloured, firm white head; moderate bitter flavour; medium bodied; balanced taste, not very strong,hoppy aftertaste. O.K. but not great

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (1545) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2014
A nice cask with a strong melanoidinal background. The bitterness is very pleasent. Quite long but delicate. A great treat on a winter early afternoon in a pub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mithe (956) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 19, 2014
(cask 0,5l @ OP (Brno))
Aroma: Earthy, light caramel/rosted.
Appearance: Clear, red-amber color. Minimal, white head.
Taste: Medium sweet, medium bitter, light fruity.
Palate: Medium body. Bitter finish.
Overall: Good english bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoNm (924) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours a slightly darker amber color, clear, topped with a fairly decent white head. Malty aroma at first, some caramel notes and slightly hoppy. Taste starts sweet with some caramel, follwoed by a moderate hoppy bitterness. A very decent one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoestring (288) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2014
caremalise malts ..moreish flavour. ruby colour with off white head. some say it gets a bit clingy but I only had one. would llike a couple at leats- just to test out. nice one

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
coletie (1) - ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014 does not count
This was a fantastic beer in a good pub in Portsmouth. The favourite by miles for all my mates. Was memorable, clear and distinctive. London Pride was not as good then. We travelled between London and Hampshire. Adnams was a good close second choice to HSB. However it is rather different now and not the same. I have marked it as I use to know it and assume perhaps the bottle beer that I now find occasionally in the north is not as good as the hand pulled versions down south.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (1918) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle from McTapps, thanks Sabine. Pours deep amber color, white head. Aroma of caramel, malty, bit hoppy. Taste is medium bitter, medium sweet, caramel, floral hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (1009) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Cask @ the Garibaldi, St Albans. Mid-brown, clear with a white head and lots & lots of lacing. Biscuit-heavy aroma with hints of cinnamon, sulphur, raisins and wood shavings. Sweet/sulphurous taste, medium bitter finish. Classic but unsubtle. Ok it its own way but ultimately unremarkable. Never cared for this beer & it doesnít seem to have improved under Fullerís stewardship.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bootlegger007 (71) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2014
Ruby red ale, aroma fruity mild hops, mildly sweet with a light bitter aftertaste, soft carbonation, easy drinking good average ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MichaelAwesome (4750) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2014
On tap at the Union Inn in Cowes. Some hops upfront with malt, bread and some leaves. Drinkable but a bit boring, dull and tasteless. Slightly hoppy and bitter in the end. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McTapps (4756) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2014
On cask at The Union Inn in Cowes. Pours out in a deep amber colour with low ehad and flat body. Aroma of barley and wheat with some malty hints. Taste of mild hops, barley, amlt, wheat, bread and nuts. Mild and malty finish. Nice one.

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