Brewed by Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1021   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
500ml bottles and 440/500ml cans: Filtered. Also available in kegs under nitro pressure.
Ingredients: Pale, Crystal and Amber malts; First Gold, Challenger and Fuggles hops - late-hopped with Fuggles.
First brewed in the 1950s.
Bottles have been sterile filtered since May 2006.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2011 Amber-copper colour with a thin white head. Spicy aroma with loads of fruit. Fairly malty but there is a distinctly spicy hoppiness along with a bit of soft plumminess. It’s got a fairly unusual stewed fruitiness and as it warms up it tends toward cloying on the sweetness side. Very chewy palate. Odd stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - SEP 22, 2004
The texture/smoothness of this beer is very similar to Guiness Draught. Think of Guiness as an ale and this is what you would get. I love it! Very smooth, not at all carbonated, which is a good thing. Creamy, slightly sweet, bready, buttery. This is my new favorite. Get it now!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cobra (1100) - - AUG 27, 2004
One pint yellow and red nitro can. No freshness date seen. Cryptic production number on bottom of the can. Poured out a creamy caramel color, with a tight, white head that had good lasting power. Aromas are subdued, with nothing in particular standing out above anything else. Tastes are of sweet caramels, slight hoppiness in the middle, mostly earthy hops at that. Some malts make the grade, but it’s a rather homogenous brew. Everything blends so well that it’s hard to pick out a single flavor. Average mouthfeel, neither thick nor thin. After the nitro subsides, you’re left with a basic creamy English ale. Finished rather plain to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Vasty enjoyable. Perhaps one of the top three real ales I drank in London. Smooth and with bite, rich colour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jerohen (2083) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2004
Clear orange coloured, small head. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee and rye. Malty flavour, bit bitter. Dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
caesar (5966) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2004
Clear orange color, short head. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, rye. Moderately malty taste, bit bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Amber color, fizzy medium head, fast diminishing. Sweet malt toffee taste - stale soapy hop taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - AUG 8, 2004
Light fresh hop nose, amber color, spongy head. Light toasted malt with some caramel. Stale hops? Typical British ale, but slightly better than most.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Deep brown with rich thick head...smells very malty...sweet full flavor witha slightly bitter finish...quite yummy...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pughy1957 (62) - Rugby, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2004
Abbot ale is a full flavoured strong ale. It is always worth a mention but can be rather to sweet and cloying. A beer of this strength should be more distinctive! but as a wide spread brand it scores reasonably well.

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