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Thwaites Big Ben (Pasteurized) (2013 - )

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Brewed by Thwaites
Style: Brown Ale
Blackburn, England

bottled
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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Strong hop aroma on a sweet brown ale with a long bitter-sweet finish. Hops: Fuggles, Goldings, Challenger, Citra, Chinook, Summit. Yeast: Thwaites Ale Yeast. Malts: Pale Ale & Crystal.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smmaaren (236) - NORWAY - NOV 22, 2014
33 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours dark brown almost black with a small soon fading beige head. Refreshing brown with aromas of coffee and caramel. Hints of citrus. Good brew.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YigSvartka (91) - Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
Nearly opaque crimson black appearance. Minimal head. Wonderful caramel, malt, roast, and hop aroma. Surprisingly underwhelming taste. Expectation was creamy, but was rather thin and watery. Taste is quite watery as well. Malt, caramel, and a nice lingering hop are present, but they’re far too suppressed in order to present a robust taste. Just ok.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (4972) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2014
0.33 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Dark reddish brown color. Sweetish aroma with raisins, figs and chocolate. Sweet dark chocolate and dark fruit taste with raisins, figs, toffee, molasses, almonds and dark caramel. Smooth rounded taste. Good rounded dark ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wimpyjoe (4349) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle from Bargain Booze, Heywood. Clear darker brown with no head. Has a slightly sweetened aroma and taste, but very light in this respect with a small blueberry taste evident. Relatively smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5900) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home as ”Thwaites Crafty Dan Big Ben”, BBE 31.07.2015
Aroma is somewhat hoppy with sweet fruity and resiny tones. Also hints of vanilla and roastiness. Flavour has toffee, ash, coffee, some roasted tones and ripe fruits. Feels English. The aroma and flavour are quite far apart.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zarkam (457) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2014
330ml bottle from a beer shop in the Akropolis shopping center in Kaunas, Lithuania. Dark brown colour, average frothy mostly lasting beige head, good lacing. Moderately malty aroma of bread, toast, and caramel with moderate earthy, citric and resiny hops. Taste is initially Balanced bittersweet with slight acidity, turning into a longish moderately bitter finish with a roasty feel. Medium to full body, oily mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Quite a well balanced yet characterful brown ale possibly was a bit too cold as the aroma felt somewhat mild.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1182) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2014
Clear, deep copper body with a large, very long-lived head that laces my glass well. Strong aroma that is surprisingly hoppy. I get lovely notes of overripe tropical fruits in addition to the less surprising sweet caramel and lightly roasted elements. The overripe tropical fruits are present in the strong flavour as well, along with grapefruit and dark dried fruits. However, the most dominating contribution is sweet caramel. The taste is moderate sweet and is partially backed up by a moderate to light bitter long-lasting finish. Despite the above average sweetness the beer feels rather crisp on the palate, thanks to a dry finish. A very nice one!
[33 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Ullevål, Oslo]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StueyD (1207) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2014
A dark brown coloured beer with reddish tints and a weak off white head. A light slightly citrusy hop aroma which is followed by a nutty roasted malt aroma. Dry mouthfeel. A bitter, pithy citrus fruit, hop flavour, is balanced by a slightly sweeter, roasted malt flavour, that in turn brings in a dry nutty flavour that lasts well into the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2814) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle from Oddbins. Appearance - dark brown with a nice creamy head. Nose - sweet malt and a bit of chocolate and hazelnut going on. Taste - chocolate, toffee and sweet malt. Quite bready too. Palate - medium bodied with a silky creamy texture and a fairly decent finish. Overall - yeah, enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angel77 (1062) - oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 5, 2014
Botella de 33 cl de el c. Ingles tomada en septiembre de 2014. Color oscuro con espuma beige oscuro. Sabores y aromas de maltas tostadas y ligeramente caramelizadas. Cuerpo medio con 5.8 vol correcto. No esta mal, esperaba algo menos. Buena.


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