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


on tap

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RATINGS: 908   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (4908) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Nitro Can. I had this a few years ago and remembered it as rather watery, but tried again recently and found nicely full bodied and flavorful. Probably more of a problem with my palate and memory than the beer. Anyway, full flavored with a rich mellow hoppiness and it looks great in the glass. Good session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Nice nitro-look to the pour, but copper-amber body pretty by itself...Unusual aroma that is slightly woody and of ripe (or overripe) fruit---quite rich and unexpected, but strangely appealing...Flavor has a caramelly malt base with fruity tones---hops provide mild bitter presence and balance...Finish has fruity traces and mild hop dryness...Mouthfeel has predictably smooth nitro qualtiy, but fairly good body for a bitter even without the nitrogen boost...I am surprised by how good this is...Much maltier and richer than the majority of bitters; a very nice alternative...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2002
Nitro Can: Not much aroma, but has a nice typical nitrogen pour with cascading effect and creamy, long lasting head. Nice malty sweet flavor, though it is not very strong. Slightly bitter finish. Head is very long lasting. Not bad for a nitro bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5205) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2004 Rerate Revisited this one - still a tasty brew with a lovely pour and aroma, just not worth a 4.0 upon further reflection. Original 4 I'm a sucker for the dramatic pour that the widget produces - so it gets high marks for appearance. Thick, creamy head with a lot of lace, sweet, but not too fruity flavor. Nice strong malty aroma. Good all around bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Widget can. This one is just OK. Drinkable but watery. Fruity and sweet but not me tup o’ tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2002
Nitro can: a bit fruity and a touch sweet. Less hoppy than Greene King’s Ruddles County ale. You could surely do worse, but the Greene King line comes across to me as being a touch watery and undercarbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 7, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2003 Rerate as a draft sampling. Deep rich amber brown, with a thick creamy almond head. My mouth is watering like crazy. Rating is for the second one, because I drank 3/4 of the first pint in one pull. I absolutely love beer like this. Rich full aroma, with a distinctive east kent goldings scent backed with lots of maltiness carrying a pear esteriness. Flavor is fantastic. Medium bodied, nitro carbonation. Lots of maltiness, with all the hops coming through in the finish, balancing some estery fruit flavors. Fairly dry, your tongue begs for more. I'm happy to oblige.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2002
amber/brown, huge foamy head (of course). Body was medium, thicker than expected malts. Had a nice thin hop at the finish, but then all thickness disappeared in that "nitro" thin-ness, as usual. This would be a good session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Winey aroma at first, clear amber red color, slightly bitter. smooth and fairly clean aftertaste.

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