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Style: English Strong Ale
Weston-super-Mare, England

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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
As both Paul and Graham are rail enthusiasts the beer is named after the firebox in a steam engine. A reddish deep brown coloured beer which is a deceptively drinkable strong bitter with a fine combination of citrus hops and cherry fruit bittersweet flavours which gives a strong dry bitter finish.
Pale malt, chocolate malt; Progress and Target hops.


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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (2048) - Velp, - FEB 10, 2013
Clear dark yellow with lasting frosty off-white foam head. Aroma is not too strong, taste is fresh malty bitter. Quitevlong aftertate, not too strong. (Velp 201302)


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beese (1462) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Cask at the Watford Beer Festival 2013. Poured a clear copper with a rocky white head. Aroma of apple juice, candy sugar and more apple juice! Cinnamon flavours with some brown sugar and... apple juice... Finish was malty with cooked apples and grass. Weird and probably not altogether right...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Douberd (1999) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2013
I had to do like 5 searches for this one, as I was reading the brewery Rich and the beer Firefox. Found this dusted bottled on my local beer shop, I didn’t check for best before date until home, so there it is, almost one year after its best before date. Let’s see if it hold up. 500 ml bottle, into an english pint glass, ABV 6% Opens with a loud "pffss", good sign. Pours a deep orange coloured beer, just a tad hazy.Hundreds of tiny bubbles rising slowly to the surface. On top a big,no, -huge- off-white head. Seriously, half of the pint was foam. The head is thick and creamy. It took ages to collapse and even then almost half a finger remained. Heavy lacing left around the glass. Aroma heavy on the malts, lighter on caramel. Alcohol notes. A little bit of lemon grass. Kind of wine like aroma. Pretty good. This has hold up pretty nice. Taste of caramel, nutty malts, again a wine like character,sherry sounds right, the alcohol less notable than the aroma made me think.Quite sweet on the first sip but with a mild bitter aftertaste. Medium thin body, low on the carbonation. Very dry palate. Overall quite good, it matched this cold weather pretty well.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
On cask in Leicester
My third of several rates in Leicester was a decent English strong ale. Chewy and a bit malty it has more flavor than many cask ales without being a palate killer. Even so you can do better in many parts of the country.

Aroma / Appearance - A transparent caramel base retains a wispy head. Wet chocolate, caramel, and malt are sweet on the nose. This is a bit like Snickers bars in a cask.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy texture is a mix of caramel and chocolate. Morphing into a malty bitterness it then hangs in the throat nicely. It has an unfortunate boozy nature that is distracting for a 6% ABV release. I would skip this if I ever ran across it again on future trips.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martinrumsam (484) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
bottle poured a slightly hazy amber with lasting and lacing white head . sweet aroma reminds me of dessert apples . taste is sweet and fruity to start then a more citric and hoppy bitterness . lingering acrid aftertaste is not especially pleasant . medium carbonation mouthfeel is more watery than I expected .

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (2075) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2012
0,33 l on real tap @ Harry’s. Pours clear amber with a medium light head. Aroma is malts with some caramel. Flavor is malts, dark fruits, caramel and hops. Soft palate with low carbonation. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders8000 (390) - aarhus.c., DENMARK - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle.Pours clear deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, flour, fruitiness, some floral notes and some citrus. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some malt and floral notes.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mjs (4438) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2012
(Cask at Black Door, 20120817) The beer poured deep golden and clear. Its head was small, white and dense. Aroma had sweetness, green apples and malts. Palate was medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, green apples, tartness and low bitterness. Aftertaste was raw and bitter. Either the cask had gone off or the beer is just bed.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (6480) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2012
Cask at Black Door, Helsinki, Finland. Clear amber colour with small off-white head. Aroma is quite mild with malt and soap. Flavour is much stronger with loads of sugary sweetness, moderate dark bitterness, citrus and soap. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (5855) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2012
Cask @ O’Hara’s, Tampere.
Pours clear golden color with minimal head. Aroma of sweet caramel, mildly ripened fruits, toffee notes and some grass. Flavour of caramel malts, fruit notes, toffee and mild hay. A bit on the sweet side but seems to fit here nicely. Mild bitter fruity palate.
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