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Brewed by Grainstore (Davises Brewing Co)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Oakham, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
A full strength mahogany coloured beer, which has a moreishness typical of a beer possessing the fine balance of pronounced hop bitterness & aroma against a natural malty sweetness, creating a deceivingly drinkable beer.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gnoff (7755) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2006
Draught at Akkurat in Stockholm, Sweden. November 2005.
A really nice real ale. PRobably the best real ale I’ve ever had. Nice hopy character. If you see it, try it!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerExpert1 (3) - Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014 does not count
I took a trip out to the Grainstore Brewery Tap and wasn’t disappointed in the Ten Fifty which was bright as a button and had a fabulously creamy head that laced down the glass. This has to be my all time favourite beer and reminded me, as I was later told of the original Ruddles County before Greene King destroyed it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2014
Bronze-amber and bright. Complex malts - rich caramelized sugars, toastiness, and a moreish German country bread quality.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KolonelKlink (65) - AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2010
This is a great English Bitter, one of the best. Nose is dominated by toffee/caramel sweetness with a touch of typically english hops - pine and spruce. This is continued on the palate with lots of malt sweetness; caramel, toffee and chocolate. This sweetness is beautifully balanced by the high, but not out-of-proportion bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3598) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
Nov 2009: Brown 500ml bottle obtained from the brewery on a visit earlier this year. Poured into a pint sleeve glass. Clear, light to medium brown body, white foaming head on top at first, the head slowly losing depth and becoming a wispy covering and collar. Flower garden smell, an English country garden at the height of its blooming period, must be growing toffee’s though! I am a big fan of ’Fuggles hops’ and their aroma. Although used in this brew, I couldn’t detect them. Biscuity, malty and fruity (apples, red berries and pomegranate). The flavours mix and semi-match, making this an interesting and complicated beer. The 5%ABV is evident, but well balanced for the body and richness of the beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (757) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
500 ml bottle from a case bought by the wife for Christmas. Served cool in an English pint. Very attractive beer: Deep gold with an offwhite head that stays around lacing down the glass. Grassy wheat straw aroma. Big juicy floral and cereal flavours, cut with bitter hop astringency on the swallow. Some lingering Sauvignon Blanc aftertaste. Beautifully balanced, and very morish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (976) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2014
Appearance: Clear amber with ivory head. Aroma: toffee, treacle, dried fig and raisin, liquorice. Taste: medium bitter and sour with low sweetness. Palate: smooth coarse texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, inferring toffee, dried fig, liquorice finish. Comments: Very good and glass lace.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2003
A good, strong malty beer. This is has pleasant fruity sweetness with a dry tangy finish. Moreish and easy to glug.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6067) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2007
Cask, wetherspoon’s Hammersmith. Lovelyfull aroma from the first sip. Round malty body, flowery hops merged smoothly into the brew. Long lasting bitter and warming finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2008
Cask at the Otter’s Pocket, Stamford. Nice juicy sweet flavour with a sharp spicy bitterness in the finish. I thought it was pleasantly rich on the palate.


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