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


on tap

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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (11664) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7768) - NUNEATON, 3rd, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5285) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle from morrisons. Aroma is spicey, slightly peppery good balance of pale biscuity malts and fruits. Taste is again a great balance of slightly richer malts than expected and floural hops. Nice one.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SilkTork (5431) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2009 Oct, 2007 500ml bottle from Morrisons. Thin barley sugar water and fizz. Hint of Dandelion & Burdock. Tastes more like pop than beer. Metallic notes. Why do brewers continue to pasteurise? Drinkable, but entirely unremarkable. [1.7]
July 2009 500ml bottle from Morrisons. Dark notes in a barley sugar infused standard British bottled pasteurised ale. Hop soaked, but not elegantly so. This is a typical old fashioned and dreary British bottled beer. This is the sort of thing that turns people to pale lager. They should stop producing it right now. [1.9]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2007
Not bad - quite balanced, fruity, some earthy maltiness. Fizzy mouthfeel, lingering fruity, hoppy finish. not bad, just not very inspiring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8975) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle. Amber brown with a large off-white head. Aromas are malty with some chocolate and weetabix. Also has raisin and citrus fruitiness. Flavours are sweeet toffee malts with chocolate. Very fruity - lemon and berrys. Flavours are intially good but fall away towards the finish. Still, its quite decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4448) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle. Reddish brown beer with a reasonable white head. The aroma is lightly dry and slightly toffee, and the flavour is gentlely bitter with a sweet carmel finish. Overall a very average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2007
Bottle, an attractive brown colour with a beige bubbly head. Aroma is fruit and malt, with a touch of toffee. An earthy malt flavour with a gravelly mouthfeel. Not so sweet for me, just a touch of bitterness. A pretty safe beer this, I could drink a few, but it isn’t very memorable.

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