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

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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aldolapache (31) - Roma, ITALY - FEB 11, 2011
Che birra. Bevuta solo in bottiglia, prima al birrifugio, poi alla Piccola Abbazia. Un ale inglese veramente ottima. Non stanca mai. Leggero amaro all’inglese, e non eccessivo.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fjw1972 (12) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2011
I drink this mainly from the bottle and it’s no wonder it regularly wins champion bottled beer at the GBBF. Bottle conditioned, it pours well and looks superb in a glass. Creamy head, good head retention overall. Most immediate flavours are of a soft hop and caramel flavour balanced by a deep biscuity maltiness. Really nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brugmanneke (278) - GERMANY - MAR 21, 2012
(50 cl bottle) Copper colour, slightly hazy, with a light brown, rocky head. Aroma is very spicy and hop-influenced (herbs, pines, a bit of grapefruit), but also with a strong malty base full of character, biscuity, toasted, nutty, woody. Taste is medium bitter, and lightly sweet. Medium to full body, soft to average carbonation, pleasant texture. Great aftertaste, long finish. Stands out compared to other bottled bitters I have had, probably because it is bottle conditioned (and generously hopped). What a difference! Des not seem super-fancy, but very well-crafted and - most important - absolutely delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
briancant (4) - Transylvannia, ROMANIA - AUG 21, 2007 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 What the bloke said below pretty much sums it up, dark but extremely drinkable, picked this bottle up from the St Austell brewery itself, lies somewhere between the quaffable Tribute and Proper Job beers and the syrupy HSB....You sunk my battleship Hardy, good thing my column still holds firm!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shaney (2428) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - OCT 26, 2012
#1384 Fruchtkuchen und aromatischer Hopfen im Aroma und im Geschmack. Dazu vollmundiger Antrunk und honigartige Geschmeidigkeit. Der leichte citrus Hopfen macht das Geschmackserlebnis perfekt. Glorious stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sissio (638) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAR 1, 2014
On tape. Dark amber with rich cream froth. Fruity aroma, orange and pink grapefruit, malty and aromatic herbaceous notes of cascade hops. Light-medium body, lovely balanced between the aromatic malty and the bitter hoppy component.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (13884) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2006
500ml bottle from Tesco, Calais. Deep chestnut colour with lasting beige head. Cascade hop aroma, citrus, malty strawberry too. Bit of choc/coffee. Good hop on the end. Really tasty and satisfying beer. I commend this beer to the house.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7746) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Bottle. Sweet toffee and grassy hops aroma. Reddish amber color with moderate head. Sweet toffee malt flavor nicely blended with grass/pine hops. Slight hint of smoke in the aftertaste. The British keep doing their duty to country.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
petexner (909) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 21, 2010
Bottle. Very nice cornish Ale. great smell and color, pleasant palate. Flowery aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2437) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2012
Tried this back in August ’11.
Dark and shimmering, tawny, copper body with a little yeast in suspension. Frothy, rocky off white crown is lasting with good legs. Bright and fragrant raw hopping on the nose with hints of dandelion, rose water, orange zest, guava and ripe honeydew. A little fresh baked Anzac’s and yeast in there too, intoxicating stuff. Wonderfully hoppy palate, fresh, raw, spicy and floral. Firm feel, very well rounded with sprightly light carbonation. Peaking bitter swallow with lots of tangy, juicy blood orange, tangerine and honeydew notes. Strong biscuity and toasted malt profile with just a light touch of sticky treacle. Ends dry, long with a flood of hops and malt. Yum. This is a scrumptious BIG bitter. Well impressed. (50cL, 5.5% ABV, BBE 11/11, Greendale Farm Shop, Woodbury Common, Exeter, Devon)


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