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Brewed by John Smiths (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Tadcaster, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Bottled - Pasteurised.

This 4.2% ale is a malty bittersweet easy drinking ale with estery banana notes, caramel and a hint of liquorice. Brewed to celebrate the 2008 John Smiths Grand National and Peoples Race it is available in 500ml bottles and draught cask. .


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3511) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, drank 10 days before its best before date of 30 Nov 2008. Poured into a Corsendonk tulip shaped glass. Deep mahogany, but clear when held to the light with a good sized light tan head which laced the glass as the liquid went down. A light aroma of malts, molasses and toffee came to me, getting sweeter as the beer warmed in the glass. The taste followed the smells, add liquorice on toast and you are not far away from what I thought the beer tasted of. Tangy, sharp, bitter and a bit too fizzy. To be a true winner it needs to be richer, creamier and an inject of more alcohol. Not wonderful, but I did enjoy the beer apart from the over carbonisation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2009
From the Bottle at Chris O’s, GBBF Week 09/08/2008 Some spiced aroma. Amber mid brown coloured and crisp on the palate with a little dryness in a full malt finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8611) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2008
Bottled An amber coloured beer with barely any head. A fruity, tobacco accented aroma with burnt cardboard and chocolate. Quite woody and nutty in the mouth. Again cardboard. Very malty.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (34334) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2008
Bottle 50cl.
Clear medium to dark amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, brown sugar. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (220808)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2008
(Bottle 50 cl) Courtesy of fonefan. Clear, deep amber golden with a rough, off-white head. Aroma of nuts and burned caramel. Medium body, lightly sweet caramel and a whiff of nuts. Dry and lightly bitter finish. 220808

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (3886) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle. Bronze with a creamy head.Medium mouth feel and a malty bitterness.Quite pleasant and better than I had anticipated when looking at its heritage.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (13529) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2008
Bottle, 4.2%. Sweet dark malt aroma. Dark amber colour, small tan head. The flavour is malty and slightly dusty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13210) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2008
Bottle, thx to fonefan. An amber, clear beer with an off-white head. Biscuity malty aroma with a pleasant fruityness. Nice, but very gentle. Malty sweetness, in the flavor, quite biscuity, with fruityness and a decent bitterness. Biscuity, roasted finish. Medium body. A quite pleasant malty beer, but a bit too gentle. (080822)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2008
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweetmalty with strong notes of caramel and toffee as well as a light touch of spices. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel, toffee, and spices among them nutmeg. Thanks to fonefan and Brugmansia for sharing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30755) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden amber/hazzlenut brown with a creamy tan head. Mild spiced and dry caramel malty, slight breadish too. Flavour is mild spiced to a medium dry breadish base flavour and light bitterness coming through. Light tobacco and mild spiced finish.


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