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.

Cakes' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cakes (414) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2013
12 oz. A Ruby colored ale with a sweet malt nose, and a light malty fruit bitter. Rather consistent. All around solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StueyD (1567) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2016
A mid copper orange coloured beer with a frothy off white head. A light caramel aroma, hints of dark fruit and liquorice. Medium dry mouthfeel. Caramel malt leads the taste, again, dark fruits, plus a touch of liquorice and just a hint of smoke. The finish is smooth and malty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrTipple (3695) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2016
Intense caramel, grain and bread malts. Hazy brown, medium, frothy, beige head. Light bitter and sweet. More grain and bread malts, caramel, biscuit, soft carbonation, medium bodied, lightly biter finish. OK Bitter, nothing too complex, very malty. Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Chiswick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phfyysik (772) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 24, 2016
Pours copper red with medium off-white head. Aroma is hay, dry grass, some sweetness, honey, white bread. Taste is copper, metallic, very light caramel, little sweetness, some grass and caramel, fresh tap water. Pretty good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewtalita (243) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 11, 2016
Deep amber, crystal clear. Low lingering head. Roastiness, caramel and spicy hops. Palate medium, high carbonation. In taste its burt sugar, tartiness, walnuts. Dry finish. Not bad, not good either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IOzh (132) - Kyiv, UKRAINE - APR 15, 2016
500ml bottle. Pours clear copper color with small white head. Aroma malt, caramel, floral. Medium to light body with soft carbonation. Taste is light bitter with soft dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcinG (480) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Butelka 500ml. Piekny ciemno rubinowy kolor ,piana biala niska. Male wysycenie raczej wodniste. W zapachu chmiele i owoce .Smaku dodaje jeszcze temu niezle zbalansowanemu piwu szczypta kawy lub karmelu w koncowej fazie. Niezle

Marcin G

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (677) - HONG KONG - JAN 18, 2016
It pours beautifully clear brown-amber, with a medium cream head. Malty and fruity in the nose. Tastes of toffee, malts, caramel, berries. Very thin body, but a tasty and classy ale. Great in its style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (3180) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle (from Selver). Pours amber-brown with small beige head. The head stays. Aroma is sweet, caramel, fruits, some apricot marmelade. Flavor is sweet and bitter, fruits, sugar, caramel. Finish is mild dry bitter with fruits. Body is on the thin side. Overall simple and very easy to drink, kind of ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kauge (1617) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 3, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2016 Bottle from Selver in Tallinn. BB 30.06.2016. Pours a near clear orange/amber with a creamy white head. Lace good, retention good. The aroma is malty sweet, rather subdued. Toasty malty flavour with notes of dark fruits, perhaps very ripe, soft apples. Berry kind of bitterness and slighly caramelly sweetness. Black tea dry. Watery on the palate. Overall decent enough to down a few without even noticing it disappear.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suurjuust (2912) - ESTONIA - DEC 25, 2015
Clear dark amber, medium white head. Nose is malty, some sweetness, caramel, something mashy. Flavor is mashy malts and medium sweetness, finish is hops and some dry notes. Drinkable, but I’m not a fan of the mashyness.

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