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

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (5875) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2009
(Cask at City Arms, Manchester, 25 July 2009) Dark amber colour with creamy, off-white head. Malty, slightly fruity nose with notes of orange, caramel and earthy hops. Malty, fruity taste with orange peel, a solid malt foundation and earthy hops in the finish. Excellent balance between malt and hops. Solid, well made and very nice bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2009
Cask handpump at The Maypole, Cambridge. Cloudy amber with a big off-white head. Sweet honey malt scent. Bitter. Hoppy with some nuts and a perfumed end.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davegore (222) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2009
Cask at the Stanley Arms outside of Ormskirk, malt on the nose and then more malt in the mouth, pretty one dimensional but not too bad for it, nice translucent red in colour, good lasting head and a solid finish, carries the 4.5% well

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2009
Cask handpull, The Black Bull, Warkworth, Northumberland. Deep cherry red silk with a flat creamy collar. Faint pear, caramel and bread escaping. Still and clean with Marmite, nutty and toffee hints. Mid bitter husky finish. Rich, tasty and slightly dull.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardW (1372) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2009
Cask at Copperfields, Tynemouth. Dark brown, mid-strength ale, with a deep malty taste and aroma, can become quite roasty on the tongue after a few sips. Hops can be detected, but they are quite subtle. My least favourite of their core range, but still a good brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2410) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Cask at the Eastbourne Beer Festival, 11th Oct 2008. Deep chestnut colour with a strange mix of malt & hop aromas. Nice toffee sweetness and fruit on the tongue but feels a bit unbalanced.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobinlondon (1250) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2008
Handpulled cask at Lloyds no 1 bar(JDW) St. Albans. Chestnut colour and good head with plenty of condition. Well balanced strong northern bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2008
Cask at the Roebuck, Nottingham. This is a copper beer with a fairly faint roast aroma. The flavour is much more powerful with lots of malt and some smokiness with a lingeringly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2008
Cask @ Market Porter (Apr ’08). Copper colour with foamy white head. Aroma is toffee, dark fruits, malt. Taste is more dark fruits, bitter, nutty, hoppy. Very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Cask conditioned - handpump - Vat & Fiddle, Nottingham. An amber coloured beer with a whitish head. The aroma is pretty heavy on the fruits with hints of toffee. The taste is really malty with more berry fruits. For all that it’s pretty tasty and quite smooth. This isn’t how I remember this beer from six or seven years ago, but it’s still nice enough. Score 3.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.4, 3.4 & 3.7. Average becomes 3.5


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