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Brewed by St. Austell
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
St. Austell, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Occasional & bottle conditioned.
Originally brewed as a special to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar in 1805. However, production of the bottled version and, occasionally, the cask has continued.
This premium bottle-conditioned ale has been uniquely brewed using our own Cornish Gold malt. Locally grown barley is traditionally malted using a special kilning process which develops a deeper intensity of colour and flavour than ordinary barley malt. Blended with both Styrian Golding and Cascade hops, the result is a deep bronze ale with a delicious rich biscuit flavour and a wonderful spicy aroma.


motelpogo's rating

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7238) - Plzen, - OCT 6, 2012
Bottled, thanks mowbeer. Rusty amber with a fair bit of fizz; aroma of red berry and vanilla; some blanket bitterness, soda, rum’n’raisin, kind of all goes together well


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martin243 (911) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
500ml bottle at Street Brews Café St Julian’s Malta. Served cold in a 1/2 glass, probably too cold for the style. Dark brown, with an off-white head that died pretty quickly. A bit of malt aroma escaped the big freeze, and I could discern a pretty decent fruit and nut flavour. Needs a re-rate at a slightly higher temperature. (Would have given it time to warm, but was on a deadline.)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fellebag (1161) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2015
Bottle 50cl. Small white layer, light amber color, normal carbonation. Aroma is nuts, hops, caramel, pineapple, tea. Taste is quite sweet with dry fruity tropical notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sound67 (512) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2015
Maker: St. Austell Brewery, St. Austell, England *** Beer: Admiral’s Ale (bottle-conditioned, 500ml) *** Style: Premium Bitter/ESB *** ALC.VOL.: 5.0% *** "This premium bottle-conditioned ale has been uniquely brewed using our own Cornish Gold malt. Locally grown barley is traditionally malted using a special kilning process which develops a deeper intensity of colour and flavour than ordinary barley malt. Blended with both Styrian Golding and Cascade hops, the result is a deep bronze ale with a delicious rich biscuit flavour and a wonderful spicy aroma." [brewer’s notes] *** Colour: Deep, slightly hazy copper; huge, fluffy off-white head. *** Nose: Caramel, biscuity malts, red berries. a hint of sweet lemon. *** Texture: Medium to fuill-bodied, not watery at all. A bit creamy. Medium carbonation. *** Taste: Caramel, dark fruits, some bread, a hint of citrus and floral hops at the start. Hint of chocolate, too. More so towards the middle, with an overall slightly sweetish ring of bready malts and dark fruit. Modestly bitter finish, still malt-dominated, hints of fruit linger on. Aftertaste is long but not really bitter. More fruity and malty. *** Impressions: Very, very good British ESB with bold flavours and some depth to it. Looks great, too. Eminently drinkable and characterful, almost on a par with Fuller’s ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mister_Li (166) - GERMANY - JUL 4, 2015
Klares Bernstein mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig, trocken, fruchtig, leicht bitterer Hopfen. Hopfen: Styrian Golding, Cascade.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybion (99) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle, 500 ml. Pours amber-tinted ruby and clear, with a small amount of off-white head. Creamy and buttery on the nose, with a bit of vanilla and caramel lurking around; reminds me of sponge cake to an extent. Hints of dark fruits develop a bit later, shifting the overall aroma slightly into fruitcake territory. Not as sweet as expected taste-wise, though caramel is again prominent. Bread-ier notes emerge now, particularly towards the finish. Little bit non-descript at some times which is disappointing. Finish is sticky caramel and molasses, with a little bitter edge. Palate-wise this is a decent medium with a bit of carb offsetting the otherwise smooth texture a bit. Would have liked more of those creamy or buttery notes to persist in the taste so I could have extended that cake metaphor/comparison a bit further, but a fine brew regardless.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamaty (1329) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 13, 2015
Ámbar oscura, bastante bonita y con abundante espuma blanca de 3-4 dedos. Aroma sencillamente bestial, a bizcocho de naranja. Este es sabor que predomina en una gran cerveza de mucho cuerpo, que también tiene bastante de especia y agradable malta. Gran ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alex_leit (642) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 8, 2015
500 ml bottle. Bronze color with good white foam. Aroma: floral, fruits and citrus, butterscotch and caramel. Taste: biscuit, lemon and raspberry, citrus and berry jam, toffee, rich body, light hop bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
klm1 (508) - - MAY 14, 2015
Dark amber colour with almost no head. Aroma of plums. Similar fruity sweet is taste. Dominates notes of plum, berry. Medium body, soft carbonation, low bitterness. Sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (2184) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2015
Cask på Charlie´s bar, Köpenhamn. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, torkad frukt med toner av röda bär. Lätt kropp och sötma, liten kolsyra, fruktig med liten beska.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StueyD (1466) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2015
A mid to dark amber orange coloured beer with a frothy off white head. A potent malty aroma, biscuity and caramel with a touch of bready spice, then there’s a background hint of citrus fruit. Dry mouthfeel. The taste continues in the same vein as the aroma, bold malty flavours, caramel and malted milk biscuits, brining forth the spiciness. This in turn allows the zesty, citrusy hop element to come through. The finish is zesty with a malty background.


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