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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: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Bottled, occasinal;

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zita (5317) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2015
sweet malty aroma,golden, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, light burnt harmonic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (7311) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
Light amber coloured and clear. Has a white head, medium duration. Malty aroma, notes of noble hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14826) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2015
Bottle from Tesco and drunk at home. Now I do like this on cask. Clear bottle doesn’t bode well. Clear mahogany colour with lasting beige head. Bit of GK yeast aroma, sweetish fruity malty aroma, promise of a little peppery hop. Sweetish toffee. This bottle version is decent. Not quite as good as the cask version, but it has similar aspects. It’s drier in the mouth than the aroma suggests. It’s nutty, which you do get with that GK yeast on some of their beers. Peppery hop finish. Not sure what this sausage is supposed to be. Tesco New York sausage. Hmmm. I may have to jetison the sausage, some smoke it’s a bit like polony sausage. Back to the beer. Yes I still like it, even in a clear glass bottle. It’s sweet, dry, fruity, hoppy, satisfying. Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015
As an ’vintage class’ version of the Standard Abbot, one of my favourites, I had to give this a go. Despite being a stronger Ale, Reserve lacks in the aroma of it’s Standard form, and it’s nose is pleasant but far too mild and basic to be of much mention. It Pours a very Similar colour to Standard, but of Course a darker, more Red look on the eye with a lesser head. In the mouth it is full bodied and heavy, but rather basic. Has Great taste, if you like Abbot, this is as the name suggests, an extra mature cheddar, and a great deal extra bite, loosing all manner of sweetness that the basic model bears, but still packing the characteristic Strong Malt and Toffee flavour, warming and fulfilling. It’s after-taste however is a little more bitter and overly harsh but doesn’t last long. If you like your Bitters with Bite, give this Vintage a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkillsFactory (83) - ITALY - APR 10, 2015
Color rame, limpida, schiuma color nocciola abbastanza persistente. Al naso note erbacee ed esteri fruttati (prugne e fichi). Al palato ben carbonata, note di fichi, prugne e albicocche; finale amaro da luppoli molto prolungato e piacevole che equilibra la bevuta, corpo medio-leggero.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath (1743) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (22067) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (583) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybion (92) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KoNrRiI (692) - 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.

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