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


on tap

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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
stravale (2517) - 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 (1486) - 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 (2451) - 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 (4434) - 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 (2614) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Yeastyboys (3) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2011 does not count
What a complex beer, malty, earthy,chocolate notes, so well balanced by the bitterness, a classic, such a change from pale over the top vindaloo beers that are in fashion at the moment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22834) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2011
Cask@GBBF2010. Clear amber colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma and flavour are both crisp crystal malty notes as well as caramel and mild chocolate maltyness. Also rather grassy and floral hopping and slight dried fruityness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (910) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
Pint(s) at the Waggon Inn Gateshead. Dark brown with an off white dense head, and beautifully clear body: looked like a "well kept" pint. Rich burnt toffee flavour, medium bodied, and enough astringency in the finish to make you want another. To be honest, I drank this quite often when it first came out, so it became a "default" pint when there wasn’t anything unfamiliar or more tempting, but its worth acknowledging as a very good example of a straightforward, honest, premium bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
niquillis (1835) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
On cask at Barley Mow, Birtley, Tyne & Wear. It’s looks a cracking pint and was well kept. Very earthy in it’s taste though, pleasant but not exceptional

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