Brewed by Palmers
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bridport, England
Serve in English pint


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Cask; Regular. Also available in pasteurised bottle.
Full bodied, rich and malty, with a distinctive hop character. First brewed in 1994 to celebrate 200 years of brewing at Palmers. So popular that it is now our flagship premium ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BeerForFear (20) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2010
This is awful canít stand these complex heavy tasting ales. There is flavours of caramel and a dark roasted nutty flavour but it feels old and stale. nasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (18184) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty butterscotch aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with some hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (8338) - Down South, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2009
bottle, Darts Farm Topsham, Exeter, Devon. Hazy amber-brown colour, mid-sized beige head. Fruity nose. Medium-bdoeid, pleasantly malty with lots of fruit (orange, mango) and lots of caramel - interesting and pleasant combination. A fine brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (4133) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle. Clear golden appearance and quite heavily pasteurized which seems to have taken away any trace of a taste. Slightly burnt flavour but no other identifiable taste.Think after 200 years they could have done better than this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2009
Bottle. Stale and sweet, with a slightly dusty mouthfeel, which is also a bit sticky. Slightly stale and cardboardy. Slightly raisiny fruityness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7349) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Bottled. Red amber, lacy, creamily headed. Overly clean, butterscotchy filtered fizz that would be a fine beer in cask form. Aroma caramelised, metallic, sickly and nutty. Hops strangled and struggling to poke through. Flavour improves on that with more caramel, crumbled digestives and green tea-like hops.Yep, itís taken me a while to pinpoint that flavour, but itís green tea dregs all the way. Not sure if thatís from the hops and malt, or an off-taste produced by pasteurisation. Doesnít bother me so much now Iíve identified it. Sweetly biscuity afters. Just finding these pasteurised bottles of English bitter increasingly annoying and difficult to drink....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mogoot (1) - ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2007 does not count
Aroma not dissimilar to a rich barleywine, showing caramel and coffee. Good bitterness, contrasted with some sweet caramel notes. Good length of flavour. Dominated by caramel and molasses but lifted by citric notes. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2007
Bottle 500ml from Waitrose, Lymington, Hampshire. Well, I was having a very bad day. I mean a really, really bad day. I cracked this bottle open at 4.00am and, by god, it was refreshing. Iím afraid I had it straight from the bottle, so I donít know how it pours. The aroma was delicate, with bitter and straw notes. The taste is pretty damn good as well, with the most wonderful dark roast coffee bitterness. Very refreshing. I will aim to try another bottle, but in daylight next time. I need to know if it really is as good as it tasted at 4.00am.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6576) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2007
Cask conditioned at the Inn on the Green, Bristol. Bronze coloured with minimal head. This was quaffable despite its strength. The aroma was of sweet malts and red fruit. The flavour was of caramel although with some supporting dry hoppiness. There was quite a pronounced sweet aftertaste. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2007
Cask at GBBF 2006. A hazy orange beer with a bubbly white head. The aroma is sweet with primary notes of caramel, but also light flowery hoppy notes. The flavor is sweet malty and dominated by caramel.

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