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Newmans Last Lion of Britain

Formerly brewed at Celt Experience

Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Caerphilly, Wales
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
A fine example of a well balanced strong ale. Reddish-brown in colour with a moderate head, ’Last Lion of Britain’ has a very special aroma of red fruit and caramel with subtle earthy hops. The flavour is characterised with sweet malt and fruit ending with a smooth and dry finish. A rewarding drink for ale enthusiasts!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2008
Cask at the Hobgoblin, Reading. Bronze with a dense cream head; aroma of sour grain and herbal hops; oily in the mouth, with a complex combination of apricot fruit sweetness and roasted malt dryness; the finish is dry and warming in an Old Ale style. Very drinkable and moreish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2008
A Mes rate: Gravicask at the White Horse in Hedgerley.
Dark brown colour. A little bland but there is some pleasant fruity malt with a decent earthy finish with a tiny hint of hop. Drinkable and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2008
Cask handpull at Wenlock Arms. Copper/pale chestnut colour. Thin beige head. Herby hop, nice juicy and slightly dry malt. Good malts, really like it, between juicy and dry malts with nice fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2008
Cask (handpump) at the Wenlock Arms, April 2008. I thought this lot were supposed to be rebranding as Celt Experience, following the move of the brewery from Somerset to Wales, but it would seem that beers under the Newmans badge are still appearing. I guess if they are going to continue with some of the beers, that makes sense as, having a range based on extinct animals from Somerset doesn’t really fit in with a Celtic/Welsh theme. As for the beer. Reddish copper colour. Fairly malty aroma. Slightly smoky. Fruity elements in the flavour. Smooth mouthfeel. A pretty decent drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (8410) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2011
Thanks to TorbenH. Colour is brown and hazy, head is off-white, medium lasting. Aroma has faint notes of port-wine, white. Perhaps apples too. Flavor is moderate sweet, notes of whiskey, only faint. Soft texture, light watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2011
33 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden amber with a small white head. Aroma is roasted malty and caramelish. Breadish and dark malty. Bitter, dark roasted and malty flavoured. Breadish and roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2008
Cask, Bag o’Nails, Bristol. Roooaaar ! Copperish dark brown colour with a thin muddy head. Aroma was malty, flavour was similar; hop tinged with some dark fruit in there too. T’aint a bad drop really. They used to keep lions at the Tower of London dontchaknow....would love to see a few big cats let loose down in the city to maul a few fat cats for their supper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Bag O’Nails, Bristol 23/6/08. Pale chestnut coloured with a moderate, off-white head. Aroma of barley sugar, red fruits and grassy hops. Flavour had a sweet, slightly syrupy edge with crystallised fruit and a decent bitter finish. Enjoyable - good to see Newmans’ beers have held up after the move to Wales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9837) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2011
Cask, Criterion, Leicester. Bronze with an off-white foam. Aromas are toffee and weetabix malts with some toasted notes. Raisins and bready yeast with pear and citrus. Flavours are sweet malts with dried autumn fruits. Dry with earthy hops and a fruity, lightly bitter finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2011
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a clear amber with a rough off-white head. Sweet caramel and fruit in the nose. Medium body, sweet caramel, fruit and a little roast. No real bitterness. 160411

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