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Greene King Abbot Reserve (Bottle)

Brewed by Greene King
Style: English Strong Ale
Bury St. Edmunds, England


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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Bottled, occasinal;

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KoNrRiI (639) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2014
0.5 bottle. Clear, dark amber color and a small, off-white head with poor retention. Aroma of malts, spices, butter, and yeasts; a lot of dough, some leather, a touch of wood, and caramel. Taste is malty with loads of caramel and again some dough with hints of butter and leather. Medium body, oily texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is a bit bitterer than the taste but not to a fault; otherwise it follows it perfectly. Overall the beer is a great example of what I like about the English brewing tradition; it’s simple but pleasant, balanced, full of caramel, butter, and creates a cozy sensation of familiarity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Bottled. Pale copper colour with a small slightly off-white head, that doesn’t last all too long. Aroma is caramel malts, some grains, mild floral notes as well as some slight honey. Flavour is caramel malts, mild nutty notes as well as some floral and grassy notes. As it warms up it gets a bit sugary sweet, but at the same time it also gets some slight metallic notes to it. Anyhow, while being somewhat 12-ish degrees C, it’s actually quite a pleasant one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybion (86) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml. Pours deep reddish amber with minimal head. Aroma is not all that potent but some caramel malts, honey and floral hops are noticeable. Tastes strongly of caramel malts, quite sweet in nature, amongst a backdrop of bready notes, muscavado sugar, and something of a bitter finish with notes of citrus and grassy hops and a slight metallic edge. Palate is not all that exiting and a bit watery but carbonation is at the right sort of low level for this style. Not spectacular by any means but certainly one of the better things Greene King has put out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (554) - BELARUS - OCT 30, 2014
Copper colour, one finger thick beige head turning into a film. Aroma of caramel, bisquits, dryed fruit, grassy notes. Full body, thick texture. The taste has first lots of caramel sweetness then smooth alcohol notes come up. The finish offers long grassy feeling. A bit predictable but nevertheless very good. The palate is amazing for the ABV of 6.5.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikkellund42 (614) - DENMARK - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber with small white head. Aroma is sweet malt, lots of caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon cookies, fudge, plums and hints of lemon. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter and faint acidic. Body is oily with good carbonation. Finish is long and balanced bitter/sweet with notes of caramel, nuts, cookies, ripe fruit, hints of mint, cream and caramelized sugar (creme brulee, maybe)? Very well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath (1687) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle that Dad shared- cheers! Deep amber with a thin off-white head. Too fizzy, although there’s a reasonable body behind the fizz. Sweet fruit and toffee up front, then a dry wheat-chaff finish. Easy drinking for a strong beer, but that’s because tastewise it underperforms. Nevertheless its reasonably pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (5083) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle from Asda. Copper with no head. Clear bottle but no sign of the usual skunky affected aroma or taste because of it. Not as strong tasting as it threatens to be with sticky sweetness throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martin00sr (1130) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2014
Clear amber, stable offwhite head. Strong aroma: malt, caramel, wood. Flavour is similar with boozy alcohol. Soft mouthfeel but finish is a little rough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SarkyNorthener (2619) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle from morrisons. Dark amber with residual head. Aroma of caramel and GK yeast. Taste is caramel, malts, some earth and alcohol. Ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HopfenWeisse (1223) - - JUN 15, 2014
Clear amber color with medium head. Aroma is caramel, wood, toffee. Flavor is caramel, sweet, toffee.

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