Brewed by Joseph Holt
Style: Bitter
Manchester, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
"Champion Ale"
Originally brewed as a special in 1999 under the name Celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the brewery. Retired 2003. Relaunched in 2005 as 1849. Won a Gold Award at the 2005 Brewing Industry Internal Awards, after which "Champion Ale" was added to the label.
"A dark, rich and hoppy ale, brewed using only the most traditional methods."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cardofab (229) - Teramo- ITALY, ITALY - DEC 13, 2012
Discreta schiuma, color marrone torbido, al naso ť maltata con toni di caramello e leggermente fruttato. In bocca ť ben carbonta con punte amarognole molto gradevoli ed un finale secco. Non male.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle from store in Cape Town. Burnished red-auburn. Lively head. Spicy-sweet aroma combines cinnamon sugar with barley malt. The palate is light and soft. The finish adds some pleasant toasty malts. The flavors match the aromas, with a spicy malt profile that is unexciting but palatable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamesie1857 (1578) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2012

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaKeAFC (665) - ITALY - SEP 23, 2012
50cl bottle, 4.5%. Clear, copper to red color, small creamy offwhite head. Nose of soft roasted malts. Aroma is soft on the dark malts and more prominent on the hoppy side. Bitterness has a major impact here, but not bitter as a pilsener or IPA, with a caramel sweetness. Dry finish. Sustained carbonation, light bodied, a dusty feel. OK Bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeissGary (285) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2012
Pours a pale dark ruby red with a fair frothy head. No strong aroma, slight malty highlights. Definitely a malty taste upfront however this is quickly taken over by a dry hoppy finish with overall creamy features. I quite like this beer, it is sessionable but has a nice ísipping factorí to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arve_Christian (3779) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2012
On bottle from Cervezorama, Madrid Golden color, good foam. Wheat aromas, malty, dried fruit. Medium/light body & complexity. Good bitterness Pretty ok beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerheart65 (1116) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 30, 2012
light aroma has caramel and fruits. Clear red/brown, some lacing. Taste has malting on top, bit butter and fruits. Thin body, mild carbonation, dry finish. Bit plain and not that interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daniele (6280) - ITALY - JUL 12, 2012
Ambrato carico buona schiuma discreta persistenza naso maltato leggermente fruttatodiscreto amaro non molto aromatico discreta secchezza leggero caramello

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackHaddock (4691) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, best before 25 Nov 2008, drank 09 Jan 2008, which was cold wet and windy dat in Shropshire. Poured into a pint sleeved glass. Good colour, a deep terracotta red/amber with a weak biege head that tried to stay, but failed. Some malt, hops and fruits of the forrest are in the aroma, but it isnít a heavy smelling beer. The flavour is a well balanced mix of the basic ingrediance that should be in good strong bitter. A little weak in the mouthfeel, not really watery, but not a thick feel either. No a bad beer, one I would have again but not look for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martin243 (859) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
500 ml bottle served cellar cool in a chalice. Lovely tawny amber colour, with a good off-white head. Malty aroma, with a nice nutty toffee flavour, incorporating some rich tea biscuit. Medium bodied, slick texture, gentle carbonation. A little hop bitterness in the finish. For 99p at B&M, I wasnít expecting greatness, but this is one of those self-effacing English bitters that manages to be more than the sum of itís parts. Iím looking forward to the next one.

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