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


on tap

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lusikka (7680) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2010
500 ml bottle. Rated @ 21.5.2010.
Pours a clear copper colour with a small white head. Caramel malts, citrus and mild hops on the nose. Flavour of the same elements with some nuts. Medium bodied, watery mouthfeel. Average, like the other Joseph Holt beers Iíve tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10366) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle. Plum and barley malt aroma. Clear amber color with small head. Sweet barley malt and moderately bitter grass hops. Very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (6255) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2010
50cl bottle, local store. Poured clear, copper color. Thin white head. Aroma was caramel malt and hops. Flavor fruity hoppy, with some malty tones.Ensds slightly bitter. A bit too light and could have been more bitter. But enjoyable nonetheless. Traditional bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tkrjukoff (4294) - SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2010
Pours deep clear brown red with tanned head leaving nice lacing. Aroma heavy of malts with hints of caramel, hops and dry hay. A bit watery, but still good malty and hoppy flavor. Acidy bitter on palate. Finishes short with bitter hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (9999) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2010
500 ml bottle. Finland.
Clear dark copper colour with small off-white head. Darkish fruity bitter hops, dark malt, some caramel sweetness, nuts, wood and syrup in aroma. Flavour is a bit more bitter hoppy with dark malts, nuts and caramel. Quite balanced and carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (13313) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 500ml bottle (K CM, Kamppi)
Deep red, small persistent frothy head. Caramelly aroma, some hops too. Thinnish palate, some spikes from drying bitterness, and dark caramelly sweetness, but they come over as being sacchariney. Finish keeps that caramelly and hoppy theme, with the hops heading towards pencil sharpennings. Probably emasculated by bottling and pasteurisation, I have certainly had better Holts, and would like to see this as a real ale, preferably cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (15946) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 19, 2010
Bottled (KKK Kamppi, BB 03/2011)
Clear amber color, good creamy beige head, lace. Nutty, a bit fruity but hard caramel nose. Light watery palate, fizzy. Some caramel and nutty maltyness. Light hoppy bitterness in the finish. Clean but boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
liinis (1763) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2010
AMber clear color, beige head. raisin caramel and syrup. Quite good and balanced but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (24928) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 30, 2010
Bottled (from K Citymarket Kivihaka, Vaasa). Deep copper colour, mediumsized off-white head. Aroma is caramel malts, fruits, some floral notes as well as wood and mild syrupy sweetness as well. Flavour is fruits, wood, some syrupy notes as well as caramel malts. Wellbalanced and rather nice. Gets better as it warms up a bit.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JohnRMurdoch (4273) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 Medium brown with big frothy head. Mild toffee malt aroma and flavour. Harsh on palate. Has poor aftertaste.

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