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

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RATINGS: 1038   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4357) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2007 The aroma has caramel malt and a bit of rum. The flavor is malty and sweet but not overly so. There is a mild bitterness to balance it out. The palate is smooth. Good balance of hops and malt in the finish. Has a hint of sweet nuts. This is good stuff!

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2004
This is the only nitro beer that I’ve had other than Guinness and Boddington’s. Watery sweet flavor, not enough hops to taste like a real bitter or esb. Nitro ruins beers.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1802) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Paid $1.90 for a pint can single. Light amber with a big, frothy white head. Smells a lot like cheap ol’ beer. Average malty flavor... kinda weak.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2004
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Brown, fruity malt aroma, mild hops on finish. Bit bland.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2004
Nice clear orange-amber color with small airy head. Outspoker aroma of hops, some fresh fruits, nuts, and a nice roundness of cane sugar. Nice refreshing mouthfeel with some dry accents and touches of spices, malts, faint fruityness and with an elegant hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is dry and end with a good hoppyness.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Bottle. Pours tan with a greeneish hue and little head to speak of. Nice fruity esters with a bready aroma. I also get some blackberry and toffee. Very restrained flavors of caramel and toasted cookie with fruit. A little bitterness. Somewhat underwhelming but smooth and clean.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2004
I guess I’m in the minority on this one. Altho I paid waaay too much,$9 a 4 pack,I love this stuff. The insidious nitro can. Ya either love em or hate em. I luvs em. Poured medium amber with the standard huge nitro burst. Big malty,fruity and mild nutty nose. Creamy mouth feel with a tad of bitterness in the finish. If this stuff wasn’t so $$ in my area,I’d buy it by the case(s). Goes down so good and easy. Yum!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TerryR (390) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Nitro can. Amber color with thick head that seems to last forever. Aroma is malt and fruit. Fairly light body with sweet malt flavors. Smooth and unexciting.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2816) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 Read history on this beer before tasting it, so it had a lot riding on it. Generally speaking, I wasn’t disappointed. Tasted on draught at the Moon and Sixpence, Woodvale. Poured a clear, deep copper with a dense, slowly forming, off white head. The aroma seemed mild and the bar was crowded so I only noted a little floral hops and toffee malt. Full bodied and light in carbonation, with only a spritzy sensation on the tongue. In the mouth the flavour was refreshing, although quite sweet, and reasonably balanced with a strong burnt sugar and toffee taste, floral and grassy ’earthy’ hops and a lightly bitter malt and hops swallow. Turned out to be a nice session ale that has become a Sunday afternoon regular.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DYCSoccer17 (3582) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Bottle. Mild toasty/caramel faint malts in the nose. Transparent copper/amber color with a light tan head. Light, rubbery malt tastes in the middle with minor licorice notes. Bland and thin.


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