Brewed by Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Cask; Regular when brewed at Ridleys. Relegated to seasonal/occasional availability since the Greene King takeover. Previously 5.1%.
A superior blend of malt and hops characterises this full-bodied, smooth and warming premium ale. Savour the rich, spicy, bittersweet flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WhiteStar (37) - Swindon, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2004
Peterborough cask ale festival. Outstanding flavours. Smooth yet fascinating and rewarding. Lots of flavour. Distinctive. Nutty. Roasty. Toffee. Sweet, yet bitter. All of England is here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Scarborough (17) - ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2005
A wonderful beer that flies in the face of brewers’ contention that drinkers only want a 4.4% amber bitter. This was developed as a special one off bottled beer in honour of Ridley’s head brewer, but proved so popular that it became a bottled regular, then an occasional cask version was released. It is now a cask regular and is becoming available in a wider and wider range of pubs. It’s a dark malty brew redolent with sweet ripe fruit and dripping with brown syrup. It takes the mouth a moment to adjust to the high percentage of crystal malt, but when it does the drinker is seduced. The beer never has a chance to become too sweet or cloying because the dark spicy hops are always present, providing a sublime and intoxicating balance and a long, dreamingly earthy finish. The style is not quite an Old Ale but is more of a Dark Premium Bitter, like a cross between Old Peculier and Fuller’s ESB.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1463) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2002
What A delight! After looking around London I finally found a pub with it on. Darker than I had expected. Rich, full, round, tongue coating malty with enough of the right bitterness to do the trick. I was hoping for something decent and pleasantly surprised to find I found just that. Now can I have another?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2066) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2004
Cask, Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Dark amber coloured, with creamy off-white head. This beer had class written all over it as soon as I saw it. Sweet toffee aroma. Sweet malty, but well balanced flavour. Full bodied, with a desirable mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SilkTork (5559) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2005
This is a gorgeous beer in the cask. There is an interesting sulpher and fresh yeast nose, which doesn’t really prepare you for the delights to come. Full bodied with a strong taste of dark oranges, Pontefract Cakes (little flat liquorice sweets) and magnolias, the taste is satisfying, complex and very moreish. The finish starts off with steamed rhubarb, develops into cooked oranges then livens into a little marmalade tang. The finish seems to go on for ever becoming drier and hoppier, lingering like the memory of your first love. This is the dream of what all British bitters should taste like. A masterpiece.
Several more encounters with Old Bob have established this as a classic. Its popularity is increasing so that it is a frequent visitor to Wetherspoon pubs. The next stage will be that Greene King will buy out Ridley’s in order to get their hands on the brand. [4.4]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (23716) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2002
Sampled cask conditioned at GBBF.
Amber colour. Rich, fruity and really malty with alingering salty flavour. A hoppy, but still malt dominated ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
NosirIwont (2365) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2005
Cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg, DK. Copper/amber colour with an off-white head. Intense sweetish/fruity/hoppy aroma which reminded me of apples. For some reason, I really like that in a beer. Flavour is sweet and has the same apple character as in the aroma (but it works better in the aroma). Also has an alcohol character which I find clashes a bit. Could use some more bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (12953) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2005
Red amber beer with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of malt and berries. Sweet flavour with lots of berries, but balanced by plenty of hops and a lasting bitterness. Very smooth and rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2004
Cask at Butchers Arms, North End, Nr. Chelmsford. Dark golden with white head. This was full bodied but not too heavy balanced by the hops. This packs quite punch with the alcohol in evident. Can be too sweet but this time was in fine form.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2005
Cask conditioned @ The Crispin, Wokingham. Orange and sweet dark malts. A tasty full bodied beer with lasting and eminently drinkable finish.

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