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


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.

Simeon's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Simeon (2) - Derby, - JUN 17, 2005
Theakston XB..... what can I say. Whenever I cast my eyes over a parade of hand pumps and see the crimson X and ruddy B standing boldly on the cerulean background I feel like a child waking on easter sunday and finding a room full of chocolate. This ale is so smooth it could be describes as liquid silk. this chestnut beauty has a mild malt flavour that combined with its delectable smoothness unfortunately lends itself to all day binges. This ale is guaranteed to make one sanguin

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zimbo (739) - SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Cream head on a brown body. Some sort of interesting malt aroma coming off there but in general this just seems to be a ramped up Theakston Best Bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tognetta (218) - Campinas, BRAZIL - MAR 9, 2015
Visual bonito castanho escuro, porém pouca espuma. Olfato levemente adocicado. Paladar um pouco acido, aftertaste agradavél.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ManVsBeer (5466) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
Cask @ The Albert, Hebden Bridge. Clear mid-brown bitter with a creamy head. Quite malty with a medium to high bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
wheresthepath (1743) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
Cask at the Beech Tree, High Wycombe. Amber with a small white head. Faintly sulphurous, dominated by caramel, overly sweet and with a slightly slimy mouthfeel. Grim.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerenmk (3089) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 23, 2013
Cask at Theakston Brewery, Masham, September 2013. Light gold, clear. Sweet, hops, wine and a little candy aroma, mildly bitter taste, nutty sensation on the tongue and a little wine-like sourness. Light-to-medium body, delicate bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undercurrent25 (1578) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2013
Good standard bitter with a light malty finish, not my favourite session bitter as it’s not that memorable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwik-lime (1461) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2013
Soft bready malt, low carbonation, some caramel and malt. Not too much hop character but a decent enough session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (12088) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Cask at the Four Horseshoes, Chobham, 27/07/13. Dark golden amber with a good sized off white head. Nose is bready malts, dark fruit, toffee, sugar. Taste comprises toffee, dark fruit, bitter notes, malt. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, bitter notes in the finish. So so bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daniele (6280) - ITALY - JUL 4, 2013
ambrata buona scbiuma buona persistenza lieve malti un tocco caramello quasi toffee bilanciata erbaceo lieve fruttato

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardW (1672) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2013
Fruity nose, with some brown sugar and bitter hops in the background. Metallic hints on the tongue, solid enough malty backbone, with caramel flavours. Ripe fruit finish, with dryness late on.

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