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

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Seasonal - Winter.
A fantastic winter warmer, this mature dark and malty ale is late hopped for a mellow fruity linger. Available in cask throughout November.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (6814) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Cask @ some random pub off Charlotte Street. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny off-white head. The nose is sweet nuts, some red berry and shoe polish. Hints of wood. The taste is mild leather, more red fruits and strawberry. Big, fat malty body. More nuts and shoe polish. Light body, very soft carbonation. Not a great deal of vitality in this pint. Overall, not too bad.
Earlier Rating: 12/21/2011 Total Score: 2.3
Cask. Light amber color, hardly any head. The nose is very sweet and floral - apples and other orchard fruits, honey. The taste is quite sweet and somewhat vinegary (perhaps the cask is past peak?). The finish is watery. The palate is medium light and a bit soft. Overall, pretty disappointing - perhaps a re-rate is needed? Also, this doesn’t have the profile of a winter beer, so why’s it marketed as one?


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stravale (2723) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 1, 2016
Cask @ The Linen Hall JDW, Enniskillen [301215]
Dark amber, clear, thin white head
Aroma of soft caramel, soft twiggy hops
Taste of soft caramel, light bitter twig hops, dab of GK yeast, bit earthy, dab of bitter toast, light spicy
Palate - Medium light body, light bitter. Finish as main flavour
Overall - Typical BBB twiggy hops, not my cup o’ tea

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (9980) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2015
Cask at the Goat and Tricycle, Bournemouth. Clear amber brown with a bubbly tan head. Aroma of fudge, toffee, caramel, malt and light dark fruits. Flavour is light moderate sweet and bitter. Light to medium bodied with very soft carbonation.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
amhart88 (97) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2015
Smells of chocolate. Palate thinner than expected. There’s a sort of sickly sweetness to it which I don’t find appealing. Fans of sweet ale might like

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cokemonkey11 (452) - - DEC 19, 2015
Cask, Pint, scotch Hop. Pours medium hazelnut brown with a medium tan head subsiding slowly. Carbonation throughout. Scent is very mild, little bitter. Taste is medium hazelnut ale yeast with light frothy body. End is a little bitter and even a tiny bit sour. Good but uninteresting.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (7256) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 16, 2015
Cask at the Pump House, Shirley. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is light hop. The flavour is moderate to light bitter with a malt, grainy, light woody hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (2743) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2015
Cask at Oxford Bar. Clear ruby. Nose is dry toffee, berries, sweet malts. Tastes sweet caramel malts, red fruits, berries. Decent easy drinker.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
Cask at The Water House (JDW), Durham, £2.05/pint. Pours dark, brownish amber with a large, frothy, cream-coloured head. There’s floral and grassy character to a weak nose. Floral and honeydew melon sweetness fronts up the taste before a grassy finish with some off-flavours. Not so good.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2015
Cask at Reginald Mitchell (JDW), Hanley. Pours golden amber with an off white head. Dry, malty, sulphurous. Worse than Greene King IPA and that takes some doing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (13254) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 1, 2015
Draught (The Eagle, Cambridge)
Sweet caramelly aroma. A sweet caramelly bitter. DUll, a touch too sweet, but not enough character to match. Hops are just a bit pungent ad sulfury. No flaws, just not to my taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (2531) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2015
Cask at local bar in Brighton. Clear dark amber with a small slightly off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice sweet and bitter tones. Caramel, spices, malts and herbs. A tasty brew.


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