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


on tap


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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Based on the original cask recipe, HSD, or Hicks Special Draught to give its full name, has been specially bottled to capture the unique flavour of this outstanding beer. HSD is simply superb as a bottled ale, retaining many of the kaleidoscope of flavours, inherent in the draught version.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (713) - Wellington, - APR 24, 2013
Reasonable session beer. Good bitter balance (as advertised) nicely balanced on the body (malt) side. A pleasant beer overall and I wouldn’t turn one down if offered again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JPC1524 (16) - Devon, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
An enjoyable pint with nice fruity flavours. A very slight background of alcohol that takes away from the other pleasant flavours. Not the best beer from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beeebon (241) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Pours a reddish brown with minimal head. The aroma has quite a lot going on, caramel malt is very noticable along with orange, currents and a general stewed fruit quality. Taste is medium sweet and lightly bitter, there’s a definite earthiness in there and mild bitterness. Pretty decent!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hohops (434) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Appearance is amber and pretty clear, plenty of carbonation, a one finger persisting beige head. Aroma- lots of malt, caramel, hops, lemon hints. Medium mouthfeel, orangey and hoppy taste, biscuity, some fruit, a bitter finish, a juicy quality. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robinvboyer (3363) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Very light, biscuity malts, quite pale, distinct UK hopping. Soft carb, medium mouth feel. Light bitterness, bready, slightly grassy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
czar (5018) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2014
from bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. hazy dark golden pour with a small white cap, very little retention, no lacing. plain caramel and toffee, some sugary notes, engligh bitters - usual suspects, although shy, faint fruitiness - some toasts, almost bland leafy grassiness. moderate carbonation, light body, bittersweet caramel and bland herbal-grassy-slightly earthy finish. weak offering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (9285) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2014
Bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, getreidig, Karamell, Citrus. Geschmack malzig bitter, Karamell, leicht schokoladig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (3038) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2014
0,5 l bottle from CITTI, Flensburg. Red orange, misty body with a fingerthick tanned head. Freshly boiled apple jam and biscuits on the nose. Fresh fruity, bitter. Light to medium bodied. Papery notes develops on the bitterness in the finish and the tongue is dry and a little numb for quite a while. Pleasant, but not the finish I had hoped for.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle from Tesco, Watford (I think). Poured a slightly hazy amber colour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of stewed fruit, toffee and raisins. Sweetness on the tongue too, with notes of brown sugar, apple pie and meringue. Palate was copper, stale malt and cooked fruit. Not sure if there was something wrong with the bottle, but it tasted more like the packaged dessert isle than the beer one...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2013
Bottled 30/10/13. An amber coloured beer. Sweetish and malty. Quite nice flavours but old fashioned. Has yeasty elements. Ordinary bit drinkable enough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
McTapps (5014) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2013
Pours out clear golden with a low head and flat body. Nose of hops and basement. Taste of old hops, dust, barley, basement and mild citrus fruits. Not really nice or aromatic - I expected way more of it. Just very boring, dull, dusty and unexciting.

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