Brewed by Hook Norton
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Banbury, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Bottled. Pasteurised.
A well balanced and full bodied beer demonstrating fruitiness, with the Crystal Malt content being distinctive. The hoppy mouth gives way to a sweeter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bamsen78 (3949) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber with stable off-white head. Mild aroma of hops and yeast, with subtle fruity notes. Bitter, hoppy flavour with malty and fruity notes which are quite disturbing for the overall experience. Bitter and slightly sourish finish. A bit dusty and old. Past BBD. Needs re-rating.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
martjoobolut (1254) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 8, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 0,5L bottle, BB 12.12.2014. Pours clear amber with white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and caramel. Taste is bitter, fruity, metallic, and caramel. Overall: not something I would try again, but also not really awful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Soulda (1) - Silvano d’Orba, ITALY - MAR 5, 2014 does not count
Una ale rossa inglese di grande fattura . Al naso nessuna imperfezione ed una perfetta aderenza alla tipologia, Al palato un’esplosione di frutta rossa, con luppoli giustamente bilanciati , grande morbidezza sul palato.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
campbega (94) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2014
500ml bottle from Waitrose. Full flavoured beer. Pours nice reddy brown with a decent off-white head that maintains. Biscuit and fruit aromas. Nice smooth finish with bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kalarel (34) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 8, 2014
50cl bottle. Clear amber, tall head that stays. Sweet malty, fruity aroma with some honey. Creamy texture, no carbonation. Malty taste with some hoppy bitterness underneath and a touch of fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Melkart (316) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - JAN 24, 2014
Fruity aroma. Taste is fruit and caramel sweet. Medium body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lembeek (143) - ITALY - JAN 6, 2014
Ambrata, con schiuma abbondante e cremosa. Velata. Aroma maltato con note fruttate e floreali. Nel palato ha un attacco morbido, maltato, ben equilibrato da una buona e non aggressiva. Al retroolfatto sono evidenti note di caramello, mela, pesca. Corpo leggero, carbonataziome scarna.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (1161) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2014
Pours a rich chestnut with a thin white head. Smells of bready malt. Taste is a nice bitterness with a hint of hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elbernays (770) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 15, 2013
50cl bottle at home. Pours dark plum, head goes away. Sweet plum pudding, dark fruits, wood. Flavour is very sweet. Tangy ale. Subtle dark fruit flavours with dry wood.. Carbonation was too high for me which denies the body and for no esb is too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (375) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2013
Aroma of caramel & dark fruits, reminiscent of a lot of good Belgian strong dark ales. Good dark English ale with some fruity Belgian strong dark ale hints in the taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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