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


on tap

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RATINGS: 99   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2008
Brown bottle colour ,no head, buttercotch aroma, fizzy, tastes like watered down coke.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2008
Bottle, LLH, Crosby. Poured a deep reddy brown. Carbonation was horrible and the slight metallic tang to the flavour did it no favours either. Bitter finish. A chore to drink and verging on drain pour material. How the hell did this win a gold medal? I’m yet to drink a decent Holt’s brew.....

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bobinlondon (1262) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2008
Bottled. An amber coloured beer with off-white head. Very dry taste with hints of nuts. Well hoped. OK for a pasturised bottled bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2008
Some rich malt on the nose, largely undistinguished. Pours a deep amber with a persistant, fluffy head. Flavour follows the nose in being undistinguished in any way. Another of these ’nothing wrong with it but nothing to set it apart’ beers that are so common in supermarkets.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MightyMouth (5) - ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2008 does not count
Amber with a tight off white head which lasts quite well and clears from sides of glass. Malty Aroma with no trace of hops that I could detect. Flavour is quite bland with a mild biscuity taste and a very slight bitter finish. Not unpleasant but not memorable

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2008
Dark amber with an off white head. Sweet slightly citric aroma. Earthy malt taste, not very appealing. Slight bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2008
Bottled. An amber coloured beer with some small off-white bubbles for a head. The aroma is fruity and a little nutty, maybe even a hint of licquorice? Very dry taste, again hints of nuts. Earthy hops. Doesn’t taste pasteurized to death, but still only average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gowdy (915) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle at parent’s home. hay, brown, clear, aminimal head, lightly bitter, medium body, average carbonation,

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Fin (8700) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle from Morrissons, Banbury 30-12-07 had this on the 31st Poured dark brown, quite thin and watery, caramel some malt and almost no bitterness, touch sweet, quite drab

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle form Morrisons. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Almost no aroma, a hint of malt and no more. Flavour had red fruit, some caramel and a slightly sweet finish. Bottling appears to have done this beer few favours.

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