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Thornbridge Kill Your Darlings

Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Vienna lagers, named after the city they were originally brewed in, has become a classic style of lager but one rarely brewed in the UK. Thornbridge’s take on the style is “Kill Your Darlings” which is reddish brown in colour with a medium body and characterized by a malty aroma and slight malt sweetness. A twist on this style has been added by late hopping with Amarillo and Tettnanger hops. After a period of cold fermentation the beer has been lagered for five weeks. “We have done the waiting so that you can enjoy the crisp fresh flavours and in our opinion this is a beer best drunk as fresh as possible” says Brewery Production Director, Rob Lovatt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9960) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 19, 2015
from Bier-Bienne - hazy copper-brown beer with a persistent beige foam; nice lace; earthy and flowery aroma; creamy palate; medium-bodied and decently bitter; long dry earthy and biscuity finish - a good beer from a style too rarely brewed

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
King_Alex_II (243) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2015
Surprising sweetish taste and smell. Nice malty bitterness but a bit more watery than typical top fermented beers. Though one of the best bottom fermented beers I had so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (473) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2015
Dark amber color with big beige head. Very sweet, fruity, much caramel. Taste is sweet, caramel malts, fruity, berries. Moderate bitter finish. Nice berry-like aftertaste, a hint of bitter chocolate. A solid Vienna lager. Smooth english carbonation, nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6877) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle. Rich caramel malts, lightly sweet, nice balance and body. PRetty nicely done Vienna lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (3232) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2014
500ml bottle from AleselA, Glasgow - clear deep amber brown, lot of fine rising bubbles, large creamy beige head, sweet caramel, fruity aroma, good intermittent lacing, high carbonation, malty but well balanced by a good bitter hop finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
renffisch (855) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle from Hofstättner brewery shop. Deep clear mahogany colour, big bubbly head. Sweet hazelnut cookie nose. Fine high carbonation, mouthwatering. Tastes of burnt/roast gingerbread with a hefty hearty steely hop finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DwarfeD (1292) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2014
50cl bottle at home. Pale amber brown with a medium white soapy head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitterness combined with some sweet tones. Malts, caramel, brown sugar, hay, raisins and herbs. Although the vienna is not really my type of beer, this one is quite ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
weeheavie (3) - IRELAND - SEP 19, 2014 does not count
Bottle. Pours clear deep amber fleeting off white head, nice lacing. Inviting aroma. Pleasant malts consistent with the style. Hops are good but I was hoping to taste a little more amarillo. I’d certainly drink it again but not at the price I payed tonight.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2210) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle pour@5e Mondial de la Bière, Mulhouse - FR. Beautifully translucent maroon-ruby beer. Not all that much going on in the nose, apart from some bread crust, the metallic olfactory shadow of Vienna caramalts (faint berries). Near-obtrusive modern hop design, with a grassy and zesty bitter bite interfering with delicious red aroma malts, roast, bread crust, branches of red berry shrubs. Slightly metallic edge in the finish, thinner mouthfeel. Très nouvelle vague - la darling viennoise has been killed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimplySike (1018) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2014
50cl. Bottle.
Pours clear dark amber with tan head.
Aroma caramel, toffee, bread, some hay and citrus, sweet.
Taste caramel sweets, fresh little bitter.
Mouthfeel thin.
Nice beer.

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