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


on tap

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RATINGS: 356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elbernays (621) - 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 (263) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ERB92 (399) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2013
Caramel, apples, some dried fruits and hops in the aroma. Clear brown with a small white head. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Light to medium body with a soft carbonation. Dry bitter aftertaste. Overall a nice ESB, enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AgentAle (790) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
Aroma: very malty smells Taste: rich malt taste, full mouth taste, roasty caramel flavor, not much hopiness Appearance: light brown, thin head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Senka (558) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 2, 2013
50cl bottle with new label. Did not recognize it immediately, since I have not seen it in years. Typical, traditional premium bitter. Pours clear brown, with minimal head - as bitter should. Light carbonation, fruity and hoppy as promised. Well balanced bitterness, lightly sweet, peachy brew. I expected it to have more body. It was not exactly full bodied beer. Well balanced alcohol content. Refreshing when served at around 7 degC, but should be served around 12-14degC (was to thirsty, and could not wait).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
M_Sack (403) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle. Perfect looking beer. Reddy/copper pour with an attractive one finger creamy head that is maintained. Subtle malt aromas, toffee, biscuit, orchard fruit and esters. Initial hop flavoured bitterness gives way to a toffee, malt and ester flavour. The bitterness then returns leaving a dryish mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1271) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2013
500mL bottle 06 JUN 14 Great looking beer in the glass; a creamy inch of persistent head sits atop a red-tinged copper body, excellent clarity. Soft yet nice aroma; malt drives with notes of rich toffee, biscuit, toasted nuts, supported by earthy hop spice and undertones of apple and stonefruit esters. Medium-to-full body, somewhat high carbonation for the style, with a nice malt chewiness. Malt is the hero here; plenty of burnt toffee, sweet cookie, toasted nuts, just the slightest hint of dark crystal, possibly even roast huskiness. Supported by lightly fruity notes of plum, peach, apple and spice. Finishes with good bitterness, lingering caramel character, somewhat satisfying. Tasty bitter. Plenty of character.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (1848) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2013
500 ml brown bottle, 4.6% abv, from Kilpishalli Kilpisjärvi.fi. Beige moderate head quite persistent on clear amber body. Scents of roasted malts, red or yellow apples. Tastes hops, roasted malts, spruce, grapefruit peel. Easy in the mouth, with decent fine bitterness. Half dry bitter ending with bisquits notes, wood, leaves, overall quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
varanid99 (559) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2013
Copper pour with very little head. Lots of caramel, malt, a little biscuit on the nose. Quite sweet, caramel, malty flavour. A little bit bitter at the end but fairly short finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (967) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2013
BB 06June14. Poured a clear coppery amber colour with a one-finger off white foamy head that diminished quickly and laced poorly. Low carbonation with small bubbles. Aroma fresh and mild of grain malt, a trace of fruity hops, and a trace of yeast. Taste of sweet fruity malt and very mild hops. Medium body. Dry with mild bitterness on the finish. Good, but a bit sweet.

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