Brewed by Rhymney
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Pontypool, Monmouthshire, Wales
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle: Unfiltered.
"Our strongest ale to date. A heady flavour from a combination of six malts, carefully and skilfully mixed by hand, which we believe provides an ale of exceptional character. Full bodied yet rounded, serious but eminently quaffable".

Essex's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Essex (51) - Cardiff, - JAN 5, 2013
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark red/amber colour with little to no head, and no lacing either. Smells faintly alcoholic and malty. Tastes of medium to dark malts and some nice fruity English hops. Well balanced out with a bit of booziness too. Overall a nice drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StueyD (1567) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2015
A mid copper coloured beer with a thick off white head. A dusty malt aroma, nutty and a touch of spice which brings in a hint of hop. Dry mouthfeel. The taste starts off dry, malty and nutty, the woody, vanilla spice then comes in. This is then followed by a tart, pithy citrus fruit peel, slightly grassy hop flavour that lingers on into a lengthy finish. Bottle from Lidl, Fakenham.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle, from Lidl. Golden brown, thin short lived white head and gentle condition. Sweet caramel and a gentle earthy hop note in the nose, full bodied in the mouth with an initial malty sweetness quickly balanced by a hoppy bitterness that develops into peppery spice, finish has a slight burnt toffee note and a little woodiness lingering

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
themightylazza (108) - - OCT 21, 2015
Dark amber ale with a malty aroma, toffee malt flavour with a malty hopped finish. A decent if unexceptionable traditional bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mike_77 (5573) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2015
Clear brown colour. Not much of an aroma. Mild malty flavour. Seems to lack some depth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2015
Cask at The Water House (JDW), Durham, £2.05/pint. Good looking reddish amber beer with a thick, creamy, cream coloured head that leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma evokes dry leaves and damp wood, as well as maybe just a hint of citrus. The taste has plenty of bitterness with burnt caramel flavours as well as some marmalade and a little sweetness on the late palate. Smooth sipping, this was a decent, robust bitter that I quite enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (4133) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2015
Cask@the avion, aldridge. Dark copper beer with small head and decent lacing. Aroma is malts and caramel. Taste is caramel, malts and some smokef meat. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2015
Cask at Central Bar, Shepherds Bush. Clear golden/copper beer with a decent offwhite head. Malty fruity aroma, some grassy hops. Malty caramel flavor, grassy hops, grapes, some citrus. So so...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Brought back to USA from Wales. Enjoyed during the Cowboys postseason game in a pint glass. Cloudy amber with almost no head. Very tasty malty sweet flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mr_h (4804) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Cask by hand-pump at West Kirk, Ayr - clear deep amber, thin off-white head, malty aroma, very good speckled lacing, nice caramel malty flavour with a sweet malty aftertaste, my kind of beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2014
On cask at Reginald Mitchell (JDW), Hanley. Pours red brown with off white head. Caramel tones and well balanced ESB. Much better than I was expecting.

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