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


on tap

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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 íChampion Beer of Britainí award 1997.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardW (1548) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2417) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobinlondon (1257) - 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.

   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.

   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 í08). Copper colour with foamy white head. Aroma is toffee, dark fruits, malt. Taste is more dark fruits, bitter, nutty, hoppy. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - 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 itís pretty tasty and quite smooth. This isnít how I remember this beer from six or seven years ago, but itís still nice enough. Score 3.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.4, 3.4 & 3.7. Average becomes 3.5

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4677) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2008
Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading. Cloudy copper with a creamy white head; bry and herbal to start the developing a malty orange sweetness; nutty and warming finish. Hard to see why this would be a Champion Beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2008
cask at market porter, borough. Malty, caramel. Toffee and hoppy. Some minerals. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2008
Bottle from Party Town, KY. Poured clear dark copper color with an average white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate sweet malty aroma. Medium body with a dry bitter texture. Medium sweet bitter flavor with a smoot toasted bitter finish of average duration. Solid drinkable flavorful brew.

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