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Oakleaf Pompey Royal

Brewed by Oakleaf
Style: Bitter
Gosport, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Brewed to the traditional recipe, Pompey Royal is a sweet and malty ale with a delicate hop finish.
Based on a Whitbread beer called Pompey Royal that replaced Brickwoods Best Bitter when Whitbread brought the brewery and closed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (11352) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2016
Cask, half-pint shared with Finn at Company Inn (JDW). Near-clear copper coloured body. Bubbles at the surface. spotty lacing. Caramel and dried fruity aromas. Brown malty taste mingled with plums and bread. Satisfying bittersweet tail. Okay Brit bitter (Nottingham 20.02.2016).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2016
Fra fat på Company Inn i Nottingham 20 Feb 16. Delt med Rune. Gylden. Lavt, lett farget luftig skum. Beskjeden nøttearoma. Smaken tørket frukt. Bare det. Kanskje hint av nøtter i avslutninga.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (8767) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2016
Cask @ Moon Under Water, Manchester. Deeper amber coloured with a small head. Seems to have a strength, but also a general crispness with a low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (6380) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2016
Cask half-pint in The Shrewsbury Hotel, Shrewsbury on 25th Feb 2016. Mahogany coloured body with an off-white topping. Malty nose with a hop lead in the woody tasting beer: dry finish to each sip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6596) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2016
Cask at The Railway, Putney as ’Oakleaf Pompey Royal’. Dark amber, clear, still, creamy dense head leaves full lacing. Aroma is very bready and doughy. Quite pleasant. Body is rounded, smooth, creamy, soft carbonation. Taste is hot cross buns and teacakes, citrus, twig, resinous gluey hops. In pretty perfect nick as is usual for this particular pub. A solid creamy bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2016
Cask at The Water House (JDW), Durham, £2.09/pint. Pours dark brown with a fluffy, off-white head and a slight haze to it. The aroma is pretty heavy, with earthy, musty basement tones as well as a fair dose of booze. The taste is reasonably bitter but there are definitely dark, roasty malts present, as well as slightly harsh nutty flavours. Not a great bitter and not one I’ll bother with again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (1899) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A clear deep amber colour with a foamy off white head. Aroma of caramel, bready malts, some dark fruits and subtle treacle. Taste is similar of caramel, bready malts, some dark fruits, slight treacle, a little yeast and subtle grassy hops. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A dry, yeasty bitterness in the finish. Nothing special really, a sweet, malty bitter but with a weird finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5559) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2014
500ml dark bottle from Bitter Virtue, Southampton. Unfiltered. £2.15. Pompey Royal 4.5%. Apparantly based on a Whitbread beer called Pompey Royal that replaced Brickwoods Best Bitter when Whitbread brought the brewery and closed it, but reports of that beer are for a dark, sweet, malty beer with good hop levels. This is pale, biscuit dry, lightly but fragrantly hopped. It’s a bitter, but edging toward a golden ale. It’s a fine, drinkable beer, but one of the lesser enjoyable of the Oakleaf beers I’ve had. It’s a little ordinary and unremarkable. OK, but nothing special.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Nick1976 (1) - Fareham, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2014 does not count
Very smooth, fantastic flavour, seems higher than a 4.5. A lovely pint to savour with friends. For me its a five out off five with out a doubt :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HampshirePhil (240) - Portsmouth/London, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2013
500ml bottle - Pompey Royal is based on the Brickwoods traditional Portsmouth recipe. Dark amber, little white frothy head. Malty, fruity taste. Incredibly enjoyable and wonderful Portsmouth legacy.

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