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


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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hippoman (258) - 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 (3170) - 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 (14695) - 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 (2133) - 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 (3875) - 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 (1932) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Don2711 (268) - - SEP 23, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2015 Looks good. Amber colour. Flat head. Good strength. Caramel flavours. Not bad at all. Can?t understand some of the other ratings. Second pint excellent. Really like this one. Lovely aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichTheVillan (4836) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
Cask at JDW Square Peg; clear copper pour with a thin creamy beige head, caramel aroma, taste had sweet caramel along with light roast and some dark fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (2286) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
Cask at JDW Streatham Hill. Pours a darkish amber with an off white head. Light caramel aroma. Light body, light carbonation. Caramel, toast, apple, light lemon... Not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (5884) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2014
Cask. Smooth and dark. Roasted hints with a smooth malty body. Nice and fresh with a malty-deep mouthfeel.

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