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

bottled
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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular.
Ingredients: Burton spring water; Maris Otter barley; Fuggles and Goldings hops.
Wolverhampton & Dudley’s flagship brand. A cask-conditioned beer brewed using a unique strain of yeast. The only beer brewed through the Burton Union Systems and then fermented in wood. A fine combination of mineral enriched Burton Water, fruity Fuggles hops married with bitter and spicy Golding hops.
41 million pints sold each year. "Better brewed in wood."
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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (4210) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2006
Cask at Gate Clock Greenwich 29 Apr 06. Golden brown colour. Some creamy head. Caramellish aroma. A dry bitter aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2006
(On tap - cask) Clear amber golden - no head. Flat and somewhat watery. Lightly nutty nose. Fruity with some caramel and light notes of nuts. Short, dry hoppiness in the finish. 190506

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2006
Hand-pulled at The Goose at the OVT, Selly Oak, B’Ham. Chilled. Amber with no head, limited scent of citrus malts and hardly any taste at all. Sulphery, thin, watery and almost completely flat.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2006
Pours a hazy, deep orange brown with a thin white head. Poor aroma of wheat, corn, yeast, and rotten eggs. The malt and hops in the flavor taste bland. There’s a funky sour aftertaste that probably comes from the wood fermentation. There’s not much to this beer - pretty poor quality, and not a very good taste. It’s probably on par with the American domestic crap beers like Bud and Miller.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StueyD (1165) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2006
A light golden brown beer, with a weakish white head. A clean light hoppy nose and a light smooth bitter taste. (Draught - The Bull Inn, Sonning, nr. Reading, Berkshire).

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7472) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2006
Used to drink this regularly when living in Worcester and usully have one when I am back there ’like last weekend’. This is usually always a pretty reliable beer, amber in colour, slightly sulphourus nose (presumably from the water used) nice refreshing with a good bitter and hoppy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2009 1. Cask Handpump at the Hazel Pear, Acton Bridge 20/04/2001 Very smooth on the palate. Some malt in the aftertaste. 2. Cask Handpump at the Winnington Lodge, Northwich 07/06/2001 Amber slightly strong with a malt finish. 3. Cask Handpump at the Cross Keys, Knutsford 04/02/2004 Golden and hoppy with some sour fruit. Lasting slightly bitter full malt finish. 4. Cask Handpump at the Red Lion, Pickmere 16/06/2004 Golden with some sour fruit. Smooth slightly dry full malt finish. 5. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 04/11/2004 Golden amber and hoppy with a slightly bitter sulphur malt finish. 6. Cask Handpump at the Coachman, Hartford 20/05/2005 Amber hoppy and slightly fruity. Some dryness and bitterness in a full malt finish. 7. Cask Handpump at the Coachman, Hartford 07/07/2005 Amber golden slightly fruity. Some dryness in a lasting malt finish. 8. Cask Handpump at the Hand & Flower, Kensington 05/08/2005 Golden hoppy and fruity. Some dryness and bitterness in a lasting malt finish. 9. Cask Handpump at the Red Lion, Stockton Heath 17/02/2008 White head. Suphourous aroma. Copper amber coloured fruity and smooth on the palate with some dryness and bitterness in a crisp malt finish. 10. Cask Handpump at the Cholmondley Arms, Frodsham 11/04/2008 Small white head. Fruit and malt aromas. Bronze golden coloured and fruity with a crisp and slightly dry full malt finish.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 21, 2006
Pint pulled at The Railway in Putney (London), a cloudy orange with an off-white head. Not a great malty aroma, I also get sulphur. A soapy flavour and a bland smoothness in the mouth. Wouldn’t choose it normally, but it was free with my curry.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iammadeofjelly (192) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Looks and tastes like beer. Back at home (im a student) in my local it takes pride of place on the bar next to its marstons cousins. I like it. Try it. One of my favourite beers!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 10, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 Well, this was really bitter when I tasted it, but I guess it is the way people here like beers. A litel red, but with yellow predominance.


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