Brewed by Mordue
Style: Bitter
North Shields, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
A tasty, complex beer with malt and hops throughout and a long, satisfying bitter finish. Well worthy of the title ’Champion Beer of Britain’ award 1997.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chrisv10 (13482) - DENMARK - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle @ FOneFan. Dark amber/brown with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, yeast, phenols and tiny bit plastic. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, phenols, little plastic, hops and medium bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (14826) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear reddish amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 310312

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (15413) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle @ Fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sweet malt, caramel, notes of smoke, fruits and hops. Slightly watery palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superflyguy (432) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2012
"malt forward" anyone? a cracking pint. lovely deep malt aroma and a flavour that digs deep into the taste buds. loads of those yummy caramel, toffee and gentle roasted malt flavours. balanced bitter finish. Why aye man!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
stravale (2579) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 25, 2012
Cask @ Joiners Arms, Morpeth 220312
Caramel brown...clear..dense creamy white head..good lacing
Aroma - light caramel malt.hint of spicy hops..light yeast....dull aroma
Taste - caramel malts...light earthy spicy hops...light hedgerow fruit...bit of roasted malt..background of bitter hops...yeast
Palate - soft carb...medium body..smooth. Finish as main flavour..lingering light bitter hop...bit metallic finish
Overall - Ordinary bitter - not that impressed

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tombyars (1511) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in August 2005. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear mahogany in colour with a thin white head. Slight note of toffee apple in the short aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a moist maltloaf base with a touch of molasses. Lacking in body and complexity though. Strong metallic tang to the aftertaste with hop resins adding a earthy, tealeaf note. Finish is quite dry with a hop bite still evident on the palate. A reasonable session ESB but there better examples out there - but maybe not in 1997?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
armando629 (2453) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 6, 2012
0,5 l bottle as a gift.
Clear brown ale with a creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel and fruity character of hops, nice yeast. Médium bodied, oily slip, fine fruity hops with rosehip and herbs. Nice one with a good bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4471) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle. Brown beer with a strongish head. The aroma is well roasted, and the flavour is deeply roasted with a caramel bitterness. Overall a very drinkable bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2011
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a dark red colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasty malt, caramel and coffee. Similar flavours with ovaltine also. Mild carbonation and a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Amber / brown pour with a hoppy malty aroma. A carmale malt and hoppy taste with a bready finish. It was ok.

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