Brewed by Robinsons
Style: Bitter
Stockport, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask: Regular.
Robinsons purchased Hartleys Brewery, Ulverston on the 26th July 1982, adding 56 public houses to the existing Robinsons estate. Hartleys Brewery can be traced back to the middle of the 18th Century with XB as a recipe first brewed by Hartleys head brewer Eric Simpson in 1949.
Although the brewing of the Hartley’s brands was relocated to Robinsons Unicorn Brewery, XB is still to the original Hartley’s recipe. The old Hartley’s brewing equipment is still in use at the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham.
XB has become a traditional part of life in this beautiful part of the world. Cask conditioned to the time – horned manner, it is famed for its rich body and is a smooth bitter ale with a subtle tang of malt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jamesie1857 (1780) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2015
On cask at Ship Inn, Coniston - Uninspiring bog standard bitter, clear amber, no head. Taste and nose of stale hops. Not pretty and a bit of a lowlight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JanEric (1144) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2015
Cask at the Hole in t’Wall, in a sample fwith 3 other beers.Clear gold with a small white head. malty, beardy flavour and aroma, light to medium body, low carbonation and medium finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowenbrau (2868) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2014
Cask @George & Dragon, Beaumaris, Wales. 14-08-2014.
Pours some amber with little off white head. Good lacing.Fruity and malty aromas. Taste follows the nose, quite smooth, sweet aftertaste. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1783) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Golden bitter with the typical Robinsons flavour, a little too similar to other Robinsons brews

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (7783) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Cask at The Black Horse, Preston. pours clear gold, thick white head. Light malt aromas, some biscuit and generic fruit. Taste is light sweet, light bitter. Finishes a bit thin, but OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LakeDistrict (22) - - AUG 12, 2013
This is one of my favourite beers, a very smooth creamy head, with a slight tang of malt and a smooth bitter finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (6897) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2013
Labelled as Robinson’s Roadrunner for charity purposes, this copper coloured ale maintaining a decent head has a slightly sweet aroma. Easy to drink there’s a small sweetness although quite a thin body to it. Session ale stuff with a low to medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dogbomb (1126) - ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
Cask. Slightly frosty rust gold with a thin white head. Nose of sweet malt and a slight tropical fruit. Lightly malty and dry in the mouth, with a little saltiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
Cask at the Eagle, Cambridge. Pours clear gold with a small, bubbly white froth. Basic dry pale malt nose, some dry grass. Light sweet flavour with dry and bready malts, some toasty sugars, mild twigs, hints of melon. Light bodied with fine, prickly carbonation. Modestly sweet finish with dry and grainy bread, hints of dry toffee, light leafy bitterness. Simple but fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (12190) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 23, 2013
Cask (Portland Arrms, Cambridge) as "Hartleys Cumbrian XB"
Sweet fruity aroma, melon, some very ripe dark berry maybe - and something "pink". Soft palate, gentle carbonation. Very very simple, but a real "glider". Gentle sweet malts in the taste, finish mostly the same. Maybe a little watery.

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