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Brewed by Rother Valley
Style: English Strong Ale
Northiam, England


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Strong and tasty ale, with a barley wine character

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6574) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
Cask at the Harp, Covent Garden. Pale orange, still, small bubbly white head. Aroma is sweet syrupy caramel. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is fruity, biscuity, soft resin, light bitterness. A very drinkable fruity ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22315) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
8th December 2014
Craft Islington. Cask. Bright clear gold beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light and smooth. Mild fine carbonation. Floral bitterness and contrasting creamy sweetness. Bitterish dried fruits. Mild tangy citric hop. Smooth finish. Nicely balanced and pretty drinkable. Bitter floral linger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton (1811) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Cask at Craft Beer Co, Islington on 7th December 2014. Copper with thin off-white film and scant lacing. Rich, malty and pungent aroma. Richly hoppy in-mouth with super-savoury nutty kick. Nutty finish with savoury notes and grassy bitterness. Engaging texture and full body. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benwhite5 (4) - - MAY 17, 2014 does not count
Drank at the elephant Faversham on cask. Pours clear and golden with a finger-width of head. Pineapple on the nose - carries over to the taste. Balanced - very balanced with a strong malt backbone. Delicious, drinks like a 4.7% rather than a 5.7%. Not had a dud from Rother Valley yet. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7930) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2013
(Cask at Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak, London, 24 Apr 2013) Golden amber colour with foamy, white head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of citrus, apricots and dried fruit. Malty, fruity taste with bready malt, apricots and a generous grassy bitterness in a fairly dry finish. Medium body, starts with a certain malt sweetness and dries out towards the end. Well balanced and quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (17228) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
Cask at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham Green, 16/02/13. Lightly hazed golden amber with a thin white head that veers edgeward. Nose is pale malts, orange, grass, touch of spice. Taste comprises malts, citrus, grass, berry fruits, spice, touch of hops. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, some bitterness in the finish. Perfectly drinkable but not doing a lot to interest me ! File under ’W’ !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2011
Cask gravity at K&ES Railway BF 2011. Hazy amber. Lasting white head. Some English pepper hop and some light syrup malt. Very tasty quite delicious white stone fruit. Peach apricot. Then white pepper hop finish. Rather lovely. Now that is good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2011
Cask Conditioned handpump Harp London. (One of my twelve lost (for now) notes, so this is as well as I remember). I seem to recall this was copper amber but in any case was fullbodied and reasonably fruity. Bit of alcohol warmth and a good bittersweet balance. Tasty.

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