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Brewed by Marstons (Marstons plc)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Last brewed in April 2000, this beer was one of the most popular guest ales featured by JDW in the 1990s and has now been re-created to the original recipe at Banks’s brewery, exclusively for this beer festival. A robust, yet highly drinkable, ale with a gentle bitterness which interweaves with a biscuity malt flavour and fruit note
For 2012 Festival Brewed at Marstons, Burton upon Trent.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (5913) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol, November 2012. Deep gold with a slight, off-white head. My notes for this, or rather note, merely says "empty". From memory, it was thin, malty and inoffensive.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (2967) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2012
Maltiness throughout in aroma and taste with a biscuit nose and flavour. Golden with the thinnest of heads.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (2446) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
Cask by handpump at Crystal Palace, Glasgow (24 Oct 12) - clear amber brown, thin white head, no bubbles, nutty malt aroma, caramel, bit of toffee, subtle hop

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (7356) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2012
Cask at Penderels Oak, High Holborn. Festival ale poured into a 1/3 pint glass. Bright naked surface to a clear, ruby-brown coloured body. Smell of dark fruits. Caramel malts alongside hints of dark fruits. Backdrop of bitterness. Likable (JDW real ale festival, London 01.11.2012).

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cunningham (4028) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2012
Copper colour with a fine white creamy head that leaves a fine lacing. Caramel malt and light hoppy aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture. Low carbonation. Mild caramel malt flavour and a fine hoppy ending.
[On handpull at The West Kirk JDW in Ayr, Scotland]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2012
An old favourite of mine from a now closed brewery: this beer keeps getting resurrected for Wetherspoon Beer Festivals by Marstons (they being the buyers out of Mansfield brewery some years ago). Hand-pulled pint on 27th Oct 2012 in the Telford Town centre Wetherspoons: Lovely rich brown body with a creamy coloured head. Sweet malty molasses in the nose and taste: caramel with hints of toast and toffee. Although fairly malty and sweetish it does have a hop semi-bitter undertone and is balanced in overal flavouring between the malts and hops. They claim the recipe is the original: I doubt they’ve bought the same high quality ingrediants that were used back in 2000 and before, because this is a shaddow of the beer I remember, even though I enjoyed this new version.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berkshirejohn (4206) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
Cask at the John Russell Fox (JDW), Andover. Golden amber with a tight cream head; floury aroma; crisp and sweet with caramel malts and a touch of citrus; the finish is light and biscuity, leaving a Werthers toffee aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (9636) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Amber with slight head. I remember when this was a decent pint, I have to say, now it is a sad remnant of what has gone. Thin, dry, bitter and musty. Not great.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (2125) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
Cask at Charlie Hall (JDW) part of Autumn 2012 Beer Festival; My mother always taught me if you can’t say anything nice about something then don’t say it at all!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sic1314 (2582) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2012
Poured medium brown with a modest white head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Medium body, flavour of dark fruit and toffe, but quite muted across the board. Average.


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