Brewed by Maxim
Style: English Strong Ale
Houghton le Spring, England


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Filtered and pasteurised bottle.
NOTE: There is also an occasional cask version. Please do not enter any ratings for the cask version her - create a new entry.
Maximus is a national award winning beer and has been crafted from the finest ingredients to create a strong and warming beer that is also smooth and easy to drink. The name derives from its sister beer "Double Maxim", which has been brewed and sold since 1901.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, - NOV 18, 2005
500ml bottle from Tesco. Ruby red colour with thin beige head. Malty nose with red and dark fruits. Some balancing hop. Dead malt feel in mouth though. Finish has candy sugar, some fruit sweetness and touch of dryness. Nose is fine, but the rest was not that good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (951) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2016
Oak brown good head and lacing ripened fruir dark malts ok as the style goes

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (8679) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2015
Bottle from B&M Bargains, Manchester. Dark, clear chestnut colour with no head. Traditional ale with a heavier fruity sweetnyin its aroma than taste, but this defines its character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
allmyvinyl (9448) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 18, 2014
500ml clear glass bottle from Amble Tesco. Pours dark reddish brown, no head. Strong caramel and toffee on the nose, fruitcake and demerara sugar. Taste is sweet. Light body, watery finish. Not my sort of thing at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2014
A strong brown ale. No nonsense - pours chestnut, small diminishing head. Aroma caramel, brown sugar. Smooth, sweetish and slightly nutty, little hop character, rich dark malt, warming finish. Smooth and easy drinking as it says on the bottle, a solid and unpretentious cold weather brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (3200) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2014
Bottle fdrom B&M. Deep chestnut with a fading cream head.Pleasant malt flavours. Some chocolate and red fruits. Not spectacular, but pretty solid and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3739) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2014
500ml bottle from B&M. Colour is dark amber with frothy off white head. Aroma is caramel. Taste has caramel to start and a raisins. Just a touch watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SarkyNorthener (4059) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
Bottle from B&M. Dark reddish brown with no head. Aroma of raisins and toffee. Taste is toffee, raisins, dark fruits and sweet malts. Very brown ale like. Ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
danlo (2552) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours a chestnut brown colour, frothy off-white head leaving some lacing and aroma of malt, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla. Taste is sweet & malty with dark fruits, raisins, toffee, roasted & nutty notes. Creamy mouth feel, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, some residual sweetness, dry finish. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1822) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2013
Bottle. 6% ABV. Thin off white head that quickly dissipates. Blackish chestnut body. Nose is slightly raw: black malt, red fruit, alcohol, toffee, ginger and candied fruits/boiled sweets. Heavy on the raisin. Sweet taste. Dry finish. Starts off a little odd (drank straight from the fridge), but as it warms up I warm to it. At it’s current rating of 2.99 as of 2013, I think this beer is slightly underrated.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (6336) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2012
Clear 500ml bottle (6.0%), best before end of Dec 09, drank early Nov 09. Poured into a vase shaped pint glass (Old Speckled Hen badged). Mahogany red/brown, clear and healthy looking, a deep head of foam sat on top, the colour of the head a light tan. Lacing held well as the beer sank. Hops and a little malt smell comes from the glass, but like most UK beers that are asked to be cooled before serving it was almost odourless until it began to warm in the glass. Crisp and refreshing, fairly dry from the hop content but a long way from bitter in taste. The malts came into their own as it warmed and calmed the dryness down somewhat, turning the beer into a maltier tasting beer. Slight fizzy feel to the mouth, the alcohol can be found without any undue trying. Not bad at all, a nice little warmer, which got better as it warmed, I wonder why they want it served chilled to 12 degrees C (as per the rear label)?

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