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Thornbridge Kill Your Darlings

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


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RATINGS: 205   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
weeheavie (2) - 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 (1727) - Belchum im Breisgau, 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 (881) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skortila (4516) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2014
Bottled. 25cl sample. The aroma has caramel/toffee malts and grassy hops. Clear, amber-copper coloured beer with an off-white, thin-medium head. The taste is light-moderate bitter, has caramel malts and grassy hop tones. That’s it. Dull and boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (5971) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2014
Draught @ Moeder Lambic, Fontaines. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, light bread, grass, light citrus. Flavor is malt, caramel, grassy hops, light citrus. Medium body, average carbonation. 300714

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (2298) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
(Thornbridge Kill Your Darlings) 500ml bottle at home, poured into a glass tankard, ABV 5%. Light amber coloured beer, little activity in the clear body,with a small and thin tan head sitting on top. Low retention, it leaves light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, toffee, light roasted malts, milky chocolate. Taste also of caramel, roasted malts on the finish, fresh grass, a bit sweet at first but quite intense bitterness on the aftertaste, lasting long too. Medium thin body, average carbonation, lively. Moderate dry palate. Quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawanna (2164) - GERMANY - AUG 9, 2014
0,5 l bottle caramel, cereal, herbs, sweet malty, amber, clear, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, creamy, slick feel, average carbonation,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oqnid (81) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
18 avril '13 -->Vienna lager rousse, 5.0%, 500ml -bois auburn aux reflets acajou; mousse fine -nez malté, caramel, jus raisin (Welsch) -maltée, boisée, caramel, raisins secs, prunes -sèche, florale -légère et fraîche -finale malt, raisins, caramel; légère amertume Co=3 Arô=2.5 Am=2.5 Su=2 Arr=2.5 A via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (479) - SCOTLAND - JUL 29, 2014
Clear reddish beer with a decent foamy head. Light hop and fruit aroma. Flavour is hoppy and with an apple flavour. It’s got good body to it and an almost malty finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElectroMod (120) - - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle from On the Alley, Manchester. Pours a deep amber with a foamy off white head. Aroma is malty, and caramel, with a taste very similar with some bitter aftertaste. Overall, pretty okay Vienna style lager but pretty by the books.

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