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

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


2.7
   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

2.6
   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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8627) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gowdy (725) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle at parent’s home. hay, brown, clear, aminimal head, lightly bitter, medium body, average carbonation,

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Fin (7343) - 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

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
downender (6176) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2007
Pretty average this - more malt than hops in taste, which isn’t a good thing and a little sweet for my liking. Quite biscuity - overall: OK.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10122) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2007
Bottled, 500ml, pasteurised. From Morrisons, Banbury. Brown with red hints, white head. Malty, fruity beer, blackberry and prune type, fleshy flavours with a rather thin maltiness, some ovaltine sweetness. Shortish finish. Decent enough beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2009 Raspberry jelly red with a beige slick. Aroma of toffee and marzipan, faint background jellied fruit with a rub of hopcone. Lingering biscuit, caramel, malted milk, marzipan, fizz and tedium. No hops, trace of dark fruit. Soporific, half-tasty bitter flash boiled and filtered to death.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4439) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2007
500ml bottle from Morrisons.Chestnut with a white head; rather thin body with caramel malts and dry biscuity finish. Nothing special.


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