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


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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.

SarkyNorthener's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (3332) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, - JAN 14, 2013
Cask@moonunderwater, wolverhampton. Mahogany beer with large firm head. Looks excellent. Mild malt aroma. Taste is a good balance between hops and malt producing a bitter finish. Medium bodied and slightly creamy. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
weordie (478) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2015
Pours deep copper with a good foamy head. Smells like a bitter. Smooth, hoppy taste. An ok bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5189) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2015
500ml bottle, shared at home with MarcusM on 10th Oct 2015: the third beer in a random tasting evening. Pours a clear bronze hued amber with an off-white head. Aroma was caramel/molasses and roasted malts with a trace of nuts. Tasted as the nose suggested: roasted malts, caramel sweet, nutty. Add some dark berry flavours and a some mixed herbs and spices to the mouth feel and you get a very pleasant and tasty beer. Had this in cask form many years ago, can not really remember it’s characteristics from back then, so can not compare.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (508) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2015
Nice pint in the classic English style without setting the world alight darker thn average rocky head oaty with nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mjp12 (962) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2015
From a bottle that was actually 7 months after its best before dat, it has a banana and malt aroma, almost Trappist like. Although there is an initial malt sweetness , it finishes with a slightly bitter tang

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tom303 (98) - Northumberland, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2015
Pours deep dark classic bitter brown, aroma of chocolate and sweet malt, taste to follow with bit fruit, nut and slight dry bitter finish very tasty and nicely balanced beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sound67 (595) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUL 8, 2015
Maker: Mordue, North Shields, England; Beer: Workie Ticket (cask, at The Plough, Alnwick; Style: Bitter; ALC.VOL.: 4.5%; Colour: Dark copper, small beige head; Nose: Faint malts, red berries; Texture: Medium body, quite watery, minimal carbonation; Taste: Red berries, dark chocolate, wee roasted malts, some floral notes. Middle is still a bit chocolaty, with smoked(!) malts, caramel. Finish: A bit of licorice, still wee smoky, minimal hops. Still dry though. Lasting bitter aftertaste of chocolate malts; Impressions: Interesting dark ale with an individual flavour, especially the smoky malts. Not bad at all!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4587) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle. Broze, lively on opening.Slightly bitter with some nuttiness. This was CAMRA’s overall champion beer of 1997 which shows how tastes have moved on. Probably a good cask beer but below average in bottle form.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (4231) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 18, 2015
Cask at Kitty’s, Helsinki. Colour is clear dark copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, dry fruits, nuts and malts. Nice tasty and fruity bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (5614) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 17, 2015
(Cask at Kitty’s, 20150417) The beer poured mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was small, almost white and it lasted long. Aroma had toasted malts, biscuits, molasses and earth. Palate was medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavours were toasted malts, earth, biscuits, nuts, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste had toasted dark bread and bitter. A very pleasant and nicely complex brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Towey1989 (962) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a froathy off white head. Aroma of caramel and roasted malts, nuts, berry fruitiness and some spices. Taste of roasted malts, caramel, nuts, berry fruits and spicy hop bitterness. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A bitter roasted finish. A nicely balanced beer.

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