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Stonehenge Great Bustard

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Brewed by Stonehenge
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Salisbury, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
Also sold as Longleat Ale.

At OG 1046 and ABV 4.8%, the beer is traditionally brewed using only the finest quality of water, barley and rye malts, whole hops and the brewery’s own top-fermenting yeast. The colour is deep amber with a red hue derived from the Head Brewer’s unique composition of ingredients. The taste is deliciously fruity and malty with a lingering bitter aftertaste.
This fine beer is brewed to celebrate the approval in November 2003 for the reintroduction of the Great Bustard bird onto the Salisbury Plain.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (2574) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2014
Cask at Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu. Originally rated 21102011. Colour is clear reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Nuts, bitterness and malts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1076) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2014
Not a bad ESBS, but not the best either; second tier. I look for a certain amount of slippery malts in this style -- one of my favorites -- and here it’s more watery malts.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gegwilson (921) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2014
Cask in the Prince of Wales, Farnborough. A chestnut ale with a small white head. Quite sweet with toffee apple notes. Some vegetable flavour too. A bit poor for my money.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1332) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2013
Tasted this in the Wheatsheaf, Kilmarnock (JDW) in June 2013. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear russet in colour with a pale buff thin creamy head. distinct note of roast grain in the short aroma. Smooth creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a robust maltloaf base with syrupy raisin fruit evident. Good earthy flavour from the hop resins giving a Ruddles County flavour in here. Malty finish with roast grain flavour of rye and a dry oak cask note is also present in the mouth. A decent ESB in the good old traditional sense. Well recommended and all in a good cause too - bring back the bustard!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2433) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; cloudy amber pour with a red tinge, thin off white head, fruit and malt aroma, caramel taste with some dried fruit and malt action.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sic1314 (3051) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2013
Poured a reddish brown with a moderate white head, Aroma of sweet dark berries. Medium body, flavour of redcurrants and plums over roasted caramel malt. Dry , bitter sweet finish.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KeefOz (838) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 Tasted 23/4/2013 500ml bottle. Poured a semi-clear dark amber colour with a thin white line of bubbles for a head. Aroma very malty - earthy rather than sweet. Malty aroma most noticeable element of this ale. Taste sweetish with no obvious bitterness. Light to medium body. Smooth, soft, lightish ale with a sweetish finish. OK. Easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (2714) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 29, 2013
Cask by handpump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - clear brown, creamy off-white head, fruity malty aroma, toffee, berry fruit flavour, creamy texture, smooth

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_cross (593) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
Cask; deep brown, clear, thin white head; sweet malty aroma; complex malts, slightly toasted; blackcurrant and licquourice flavours; not my usual cup of tea, but an enjoyable and slightly unusual malty brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (5442) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2012
Cask @ Salhojankadun Pub
Rather light aroma with resin and hints of caramel. Flavour has resiny hops, some fruits, caramel, hints of toffee and woody notes. Nice, the resin fits here perfectly.


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