Brewed by Theakston
Style: Bitter
Masham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
First brewed in the 1980s.
This is our premium strength bitter, ruby coloured with a rich flavour and full body. The balance between bitterness and fruitiness from the Bramling Cross and Fuggle hops used give XB the distinctively complex aroma, making it the beer to savour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2011

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium amber colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caramel, fruity, malty, light hoppy. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, malty, wood bitter notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101227]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2012
Bottled (from K Citymarket Kivihaka, Vaasa). Amber colour, mediumsized off-white foamy longlasting head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is caramel, toffee, some biscuits, mild fruity and floral notes as well. Flavour is toffee, caramel, mild toasted notes along with some mild fruity and floral notes. The floral notes and caramel/toffee is rather big in the finish with some mild wet burnt wooden notes as well. Actually much better than I expected. Quite rich tongueticking carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (23376) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle. Pours a nice deep amber colour with an off-white head. Malty fruity aroma with hints of hops. Sweet malty fruity flavor with some woody hints. Has a fruity malty finish with some bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cgarvieuk (21899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2007
Ruby coloured ale, sweet malt nose, light malty fruit bitter. nice but not special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2006
500ml bottle. Interesting to have this now it has split from Scottish and Newcastle. Deep copper colour with thin beige head. Slightly sweaty hop aroma. Red fruits and slightly yeasty. I like the aroma. Some caramel. OK in mouth and then more drying tangy hop. A nice premium bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (16989) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 19, 2009
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are malt, caramel, hops and some nuts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 9, 2012
Bottled 500ml (K-Kamppi, BB 06/2012)
Clear copper-amber color, small off-white head. Nutty metallic nose. Light bodied. Nutty, a bit fruity English hops, caramel and some metal. Quite similar to cask version, perhaps is even a bit better with extra CO2.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14177) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Bottle from the Cromwell Road Sainsbury. Pours amber with a 3 finger coarsely creamy white head. Aromas of malt and overripe light stone fruit. Med + body. Flavor is malt with some nice fruit bitter. All rather dark, not light, fresh. So it’s not a fast drinker. Drinks well though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (14155) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 17, 2008
500ml bottle (Sainsbury’s)
Rich orangy red, tiny head. Sweet caramelly aroma. Sweet caramelly taste and brown nuttiness, slightly astringent hops. In places a bit watery and sweet, other times a bit metallic. Finish is a bit burnt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (13397) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2006
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml. Orange amber with carbonated head. Tremendously different to the cask, this is rather a thin, fizzed beer with a strained boiled hop note and a sweetish mid malt body. Lacks depth and subtelty.

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