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Thornbridge Kill Your Darlings

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


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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RW80 (535) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
500 ml Bottle Appearance: Dark ruby with a beige head. Aroma: Caramel, red apples, toasted bread,grains an a hint of red fruit. slight date/raisin, some bitterness, fruity, toasted bread.slightly bitter finish Tsste: grains,caramel, mals, medium sweet up front in the finish some light bitterness with some nice hops. Medium body, medium carbonation, Good brew in it’s style and a nice twist are the hops in he finish but for that reason it has to be quite fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (628) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle bought from Blue Glass, Bedford. Consumed in the comfort of my own dwelling. Germany are beating Brazil 7-0. Back to the beer: the colour is light reddish-brown. Scent of caramel malt and rosehips. Taste is surprisingly fruity and sweet at the front, with a slight bitter edge in the finish and aftertaste. Thin palette, but the carbonation is pleasant on the lips. Not many amber lagers are better than this, a good take on a fairly ordinary style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
666ale (53) - Edimburg, SCOTLAND - JUL 8, 2014
An okay beer from Thornbridge, they are specialized in ipas and english ales, this one is not so good but however okay, lot of grains taste, wheat, citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrunoSanchez (71) - Fermo, ITALY - JUL 6, 2014
Lager rossa con abondante schiuma bianca. Al naso note fruttate e caramellose. In bocca corpo medio e bilanciatura giusta. Sapore maltato con amaro poco persistente. Finale aromatico lungo. Bevuta in botiglia a LLeida nel On The Rocks....peccato che la birra era un po vecchia.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esp0r (1890) - NORWAY - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Dark amber, creamy beige head. Smell of caramel, dark fruits, dark malts, dried fruits, hints of citrus. Moderate sweet, some caramel, some dark fruits; goes quite fast over to a medium bitter finish of resins and green leafs. Quite straight forward, not much going on here. Not my favourite from this brewery

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tinylightsrecs (134) - - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle from Rehills Newcastle. Pours dark tan colour, thin head. Lovely strong malty flavours, very rich and deep in flavour - I normally tend to enjoy Thornbridge's Pale Ales more than their other styles but this is a really nice departure

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (1457) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUN 18, 2014
Pours a clear orange/brown with a dense tan head. The smell is rich, toasted malt, caramel, earth. The taste is rich and roast, some fruit, some caramel sweetness and a dry crisp counterbalance at the end. Light + in body with nice tight carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (2985) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle at le mondiale 2014. Uber malty aroma, smell like fresh mash in the kettle, loads of fresh cereals and grains, its just lovely, the hops appear in the end in the form of light grassy notes. I could drink this everyday, just a great daily drinking beer,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6813) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 8, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein kupferfarbenes Bier mit schöner beiger Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Karamell, leicht schokoladig. Geschmack röstmalzig, schokoladig, Karamell, leicht fruchtig, minimal hopfig.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
circinus (197) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle 50 cl from the Internets. Ruby/slightly brown with a beige head. Caramel, red apples, slight date/raisin, some bitterness, fruity, toasted bread. Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly bitter finish. Quite balanced. A good example of caramel use.

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