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Brewed by Oxfordshire
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bicester, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Cask, Regular;
A classic, strong beer with a generous warming flavour. The taste is deliciously fruity and malty with a lingering bitter aftertaste.


SarkyNorthener's rating

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SarkyNorthener (2381) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle. Hazy dark amber in colour, residue head. Aroma is very bready malt. The taste has a lot of dark ripe fruits, malts and caramel. A little too carbonated for my taste. This is a strong tasting beer. OK for a change.


1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
johnhiley (3) - - OCT 31, 2014 does not count
A proper real ale. Tastes much better than it looks. Smells of banana & tastes very malty.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
gegwilson (1466) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Mike & Martha. Amber with a cream head. A slightly odd taste. Malty with toasty notes, a little banana, some spice and quite a lot of metallic flavour. Different but not brilliant.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (7229) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
500mL bottle, pours a clear amber with a large white head. Nose is subtle, with toasted bready malt and a very slight English hop profile. Flavour is identical, with notes bready caramel malt that dominate. Very dry body with moderate heaviness for the style and ABV. Decent but boring.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hotstuff (4274) - Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Rated on 2-16-2011 (Bottle) This beer has a large frothy, very fizzy ivory head that mostly diminishes, transparent orange body, fizzy carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is malty, fruity, nutty, and musty. The taste is fruity, malty, bitter, and somewhat harsh tasting. The mouth feel is lively and this beer is light-medium bodied. I am not a fan of this beer as the flavor is harsh and this beer has a lingering bitter aftertaste. This is not a beer I will entertain drinking again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (1706) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2013
Pours orangish/brown with a tan head. Smell is malty, nutty, fruity. Taste follows the nose - ends dry and woody. Body is light and the carbonation is slightly below average and fine in structure.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MichaelAwesome (4587) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2013
Classic one. Not really special but quite decent with its own advantages. Bit hoppy with some grass and leaves. Mild in the end and very drinkable, easy going ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
McTapps (4589) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2013
Pours out in a clear amber colour with low head and medium body. Nose of ripe hops and caramel. Taste of medium bitter hops, light malt, nuts, caramel, light whiskey and leaves. Quite dry and bitter mouthfeel and finish. Easy and smooth to drink, really enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Appearance: Clear copper with two finger thick white head. Aroma: Apricot, citrus, biscuit, floral, syrup/caramel and dried fig. Taste: Low/medium sweetness, medium bitterness and sourness. Dried fruit verging on fruit cake, slightly vinous with note of pepper. Palate: Thick texture and medium body with prickly carbonation. Abrupt sour/bitter finish. The bitterness increases. Comments: Very good and left glass lace.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
yiannnos (921) - , CYPRUS - AUG 7, 2013
Amber colour. Light bodied, fruity, some caramel notes, nothing too exciting

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mR_fr0g (3976) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle from asda. Slight haze, Light amber colour, small fletting head. Aroma is musty grainstore, some toffee apple. Flavour is malt forward, some raisin fruits. A touch oxidised. Some earthy bitterness in the finish. Meh.


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