Brewed by Great Orme
Style: Bitter
Colwyn Bay, Wales
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask & bottle conditioned; Regular.
Previously known as Orme’s Best.

A mouthwatering cask conditioned ale based on a traditional blend of fine British pale ale malt with a subtle addition of crystal, chocolate and black malts to give this prince of beers real character. The delicate addition of Challenger and Goldings hops at critical times of the boil add to the mellow complexity of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrat (1314) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle.Chestnut with a red hue,medium head,aroma of malt yeast red wine and toffee,taste of malty sweetness,blackberry,dry hoppy warm bread,long dry finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
undercurrent25 (1627) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2010
Great beer this one, smotth malty sweetness, great aroma and palate, very hard to fault it, one of the best bottled beers I’ve had

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4525) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2008
Bottle. Bronze and poured with a small head. Malty with some fruitiness.Bitterness develops and all round this is an above average bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11586) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2010
clear amber and brown, large smooth offwhite head. nutty, caramelly, slightly syrupy or honey aroma, also malts, herbal or hoppy bitterness, berries, faint metal. a lot going on, might come off as a bit thin, but definetly quite complex. flavor is mild caramel, mild roasted grains, mild malts, faint blue berryish note, ends more roasted. faint spicy flavor too, likely from hops.Very nice flavorfull easy drinking Bitter, with lots of complexity. Palate is very smooth too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5085) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2013
500ml Bottle drank on 5 Sep 2013. Poured into an ’Old Speckled Hen’ badged vase shaped pint glass: looked good. Deep brown body colour with a full off-white crown, the colour held even at the thin base of the vase, so good depth of colour. The nose was all sweet malty molasses, as was the initial taste. Nutty, woody, notes of caramel and toffee, the hops were hiding well below the surface and just about preventing the brew becoming purely a malty mess. Hardly noticed the hops, even as the mouth dried no true bitterness or hop fell arrived. I like sweet, malty beers and this fitted just right into my type of brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (1861) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 24, 2014
Bona cervesa, molt acaramelada i un pel amarga, poca presència d’escuma. Buena cerveza, muy acaramelada y un pelo amarga, poca persistencia de espuma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2543) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 7, 2015
Cask @ The Picture House JDW, Colwyn Bay [260115]
Caramel brown, clear, dense thin off white head, good lacing
Aroma of caramel brown malts, soft toasted malts, no twiggy hops, soft toffee, nice soft malts, no hops
Taste of caramel malts, nice malts, soft toffee, soft toasted malts, soft bit nutty malts, lots of malts but not over sweet, hops are doing there job getting the bittersweet balance right without being noticed
Palate - Medium body, good mouthfeel, soft sweet. Finish as main flavour, nice soft toffee malt linger.
Overall - Liked this, nice malts, quaffable stuff, good condition helps here, reminds me of some Scottish malty beers, easy going no think drink - really liked this a lot and a highlight on my trip

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1494) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2011
Tasted this impressive bitter at the Troon Beer Festival in October 2011. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear copper red in colour with no head. Superb malty aroma laden with hedgerow fruits and earthy notes. Robust mouthfeel and no lacing. Powerful pale malt component gives a moist maltloaf base full of plump raisin fruit and yellow plums. Golden syrup and barley sugar add to the mature malt flavours. There is a slight nod to hop resins in the brief aftertaste but this is very hard to detect as the malt really dominates. Finish is fiery malt and very robust with strong fruit notes of rum and raisins coming through. An excellent session bitter that punches far above its weight. Reminded me of Ballards Wassail. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (3161) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
Wales 2014. Beer no.2. Bottle from morrisons,aberwystwth. Brown beer with small head. Aroma of malts and caramel. Taste is sweet malts, toffee, some ash and hop finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (18086) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 bottle at home ... Golden brown ruby ... treacle syrup ... syrupy malts more common in higherabv ... tiny sour tinge but not unplesent and may be meant. 3.5 Cask at aberdeen Beer festival ... no sourness 3.5 but a bit plain

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