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


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Cask: Occasional.
Abbot Reserve has an abv of 6.5% and is a perfect winter warmer on a cold night. It is a distinctive full-bodied smooth and mature beer, bursting with rich fruit cake and toffee flavours.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vells (652) - LATVIA - OCT 15, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 Intense copper color with small white head that disappears quite fast. Aroma.. Fruity, malty Taste.. Sweet malts that afterwards turns into quite bitter hops. Alcohol is well noticable, thou it isnt bothering me at all. Finish is quite bitter and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
planky84 (2103) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2012
Mahogany coloured pour with a white head. Raisin, dark fruit aroma. Quite a sweet nose. Orchard fruit, marzipan and sweet spice flavour. Dry, sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
prawlie (1141) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
Pint at the Redan in Wokingham. Orange red with almost no head. Tastes bitter, lightly fruity and dry. A bit bland. Light fruity aroma. A pretty average beer, only finished it as I’d paid for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buggybill2003 (39) - - JUL 3, 2012
beautiful coppery coloured beer with very little head. couldnt really get the fruit cake or toffee taste they describe, but it is a very pleasant warming tasting beer, and I would happily drink this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (7887) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2012
Small cream-coloured head over deep foxy-amber beer. Aroma as caramel diluted in rainwater. Very faint touch of sulphur. Caramel and toffee, but with a bitter edge that is not quite hoppy - at least partly roasted. Again rainwater streak, and parsley on the palate. It’s anything BUT rich, it feels thinnish, and force-carbonated. Probably not a patch on the cask version, but at least it gets into Belgium this way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2012
Quite a reddish colour - a little darker than the regular Aboot ale. Alcohol aromas hint at the powerful flavour experience. Fruity aromas quite sweet and toffee like. The alcohol flavour dominates a little but good for a mass market beer. One of Greene King’s better ones.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ALLOVATE (2384) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours a bright and radiant tawny copper interspersed with a sparse array of minute bubbles. Compact and tight off-white crown has a satiny sheen to it, holds and laces well. Heavily nutty and rusty nose with licks of dust, old oak barrels, barnyard stale malt, toffee and burnt toast. Quite sweet in the mouth, lots of toffee and caramelised sugars, earth, dust, astringent, tannic malts and heaps of rusty notes in back with an odd lubricating buttery edge. Swallow is just a continuation of the problem. Burnt toast is pronounced mid-palate and in the aftertaste. Frothy, foamy mouthfeel, good body but not big or consuming. Finishable but sadly not pleasurable. Gone is the ’Abbot’! (50cL, no date stamp [fresh shipment], Cellarrations Kinross)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ralphdot (982) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2012
6.5% deep amber with a thin head, caramel toffee aroma, sweet caramel malt but bitter taste, very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1354) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2011
Tasted this in the Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) in November 2007. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear copper red in colour with a thin white head. Strong malty aroma with hints of raisins. Creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed complex malts deliver a rich christmas cake base laced with moist raisins, ripe figs, soft caramel and maple syrup flavours. There is a slight prickle of spicy hop resins but the aftertaste is extremely short lived as malt returns very quickly. The finish has a sweet sherry like alcoholic edge to it which is silky smooth and very easy to drink. A lovely Strong Ale and one to look out for. Highly recommended and can be exceptional when on form.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2011
A - fruity with alcohol A - mid orange with thick head T - light sweet with strong alcohol P - mid O - ehhhh...

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