Brewed by Oakham
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Peterborough, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Cask; Occasional. Most recently Oakademy of Excellence beer, February 2010.
Deep red in colour with a full bodied taste, brewed with roast and crystal malts, which mellow in flavour to reveal a rich hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 11, 2007
Cask (Pullman, Helsinki) More an Old Ale than an ESB. Dark brown, thin head. Mellow dark malts and fruits in the aroma, but with a reasonable hoppy bent too. Taste matches that, full bodied, woody and fruity. Yet another classic from Oakham.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13226) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2005
Cask Conditioned at The Brewery Tap, Peterborough, Cambs. Brown Amber beer with solid had. Perfumey aroma with light sweet hop and deep malty body, succulent and easy drinking. Rich fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9835) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2006
Cask, Leicester Fest 06. Dark brown with big bubbles. Aromas are very herbal with sweet spices, ginger and aniseed. Flavours are herbal and spicy with lots of bitterness following. Quite floral and earth in its hopping. Root vegetables and tea notes are also present. Dry and bitter on the finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2006
1. Cask Stillage at the Formby Hall, Atherton 30/01/2003 Copper mid brown coloured with a hint of ginger. Slightly dry finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 10/02/2004 Mid brown coloured with some sour fruit flavour. Citrus aroma. Bitter lasting dry malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2010 Very inviting Russet colour with good head retention even served without sparkler. Very full flavour in the mouth, but the aftertaste was somehow too aggressive with a harsh fruitiness. I have no doubt this beer was at its full potential but just was not to my taste. N.B. 4.7% not 4% Score 2.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.7. Average becomes 3.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2009
Cask, The Tap, peterborough. Deep ruby haloed with white. Sweaty alpha nose dusted with coffee and signature grapefruit hoppage. Lingering husky bitterness mingling with subtle coffee, choc and faint dankness splashes. Splinter of rummy cask wood, quite aggresive hop punchiness again, hint of strawberry. Soapy grower balanced out nicely with chocolate and nuts, and a more complex malt profile than is typical from Oakham.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5541) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2004
JDW Welling Dark amber with dirty foam head. Served a little bit cold so hop flavour bursts out without without much malt support. Hops are initially light, buzzing and citric with an orange edge, but become dusty and earthy and quite bitter in the finish. When warmed the malts come through gently with dark malt character. Vanilla aroma. A pleasing and interesting ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4639) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2004
Very dark ale with a dryly hopped aroma and a very dry tyipcally English beer flavour. Overall a standard dryly hopped ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4380) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2005
Hand pulled at the Bartons Arms, Birmingham. Copper coloured, with a loosely frothed head. Nice deep, boiled hop aroma, which carries through into the taste. A rich flavour, mouth-filling and lengthy. Crisp hops, wrapped in soft veg and sweetness. A hard edge too with a deal of bitterness. Boring to say, but it’s another excellent beer from Oakham.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2010
Cask, gravity at The Pig ’n’ Falcon, Cambridgeshire. Dark brown. Leafy hop aroma. Grapefruity taste with a curious hint of match head. Mid bitter finish. Not particularly kaleidoscopic, but quite quirky and enjoyable.

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