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Thwaites Big Ben (Pasteurized) (2013 - )

Brewed by Thwaites
Style: Brown Ale
Blackburn, England


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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corkyrory66 (1422) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2016
Brown ale de 5,8 abv et 27 ebu, qui a eu un prix en chocolat au WBA : "world’s best gold" ... il y en a qui ne s’étouffent pas très vite !!! 2 malts et 6 houblons, comme dans le descriptif sur ratebeer. Mon exemplaire était à 2 mois avant sa date. Couleur roux auburn, à la clarté nette (et d’ailleurs non refermenté …). Bulles fines, en colonnes droites, nombreuses et vives. Mousse beige dans un nappage soyeux à 2 mm. Arômes de caramel, figue, bogue de noix, prune mûre, cassonade. 1ère bouche très souple à l’entame malt, écorce de chêne et gazon tondu. Arrière-bouche avec une amertume âcre en gorge. 2ème bouche agréable, mais très simple, aucune complexité. Arrière-bouche qui s’efface très vite. 3ème agréable toujours, un rien plus maltée. Arrière-bouche qui nous oriente vers l’écœurant … Longueur qui ne peut redresser la tendance de la 3ème bouche, on s’enfonce dans un sirop d’érable … Heureusement, j’avais chaussé mes bottes … Jambes fines et longues. Levure indiscernable, sans doute ronde. Alcool qui ne participe pas au jeu, il laisse faire les saveurs comme bon leur semble !! Finale tout à fait linéaire. CONCLUSION : en-dehors d’une belle texture, et de quelques nuances très agréables, caramélisées bien sûr, on ne trouve rien d’exceptionnel dans cette bière. La médaille du WBA était en chocolat (brown)... "Big Ben" à Londres, "Big Bof" à Blackburn ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gehbe (259) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - JUL 6, 2016
Medium dark tan head, nice brown and clear liquid. Nose of caramel, citrusy/fruity/spicy hops, various malts. Nicely balanced bittersweet taste with hints of roastiness. Medium body and carbonation, well rounded palate. I love the layered aroma and subtle balance of of this brown ale, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25453) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2016
Bottled (from some shop in Tallinn). Ambery brown colour with a mediumsized foamy head. Aroma is caramel, some sweet nuts, quite rich on the hoppy side as well. Flavour is floral, some wooden notes, mild nutty and caramelly notes with a mellow bitterness. Nicely hopped brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (5520) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - APR 25, 2016
Bottle 33cl, an amber beer with medium head. Nose is on hop resin and honey. Aroma is on caramel, grassy and honey bitterness, orange, lot of resin, background is near to bitter, pleasant and easy drinckable, lot of fruits, berries and peach at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (2374) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2016
Bottle at Artisan Tap, Bedford. Chestnut brown and very translucent. Looks very thin. Hazelnut, browned toast, mocha, dash of root beer. Sweet taste with bitter edges leading to a satisfyingly bitter finish. Thin palate but the full-on carbonation feels pleasant. I like this quite a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (6792) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle at the JDW Figure of Eight; clear copper pour with a creamy light tan head, aroma has sweet malts and some pine, taste has some nutty action, sweet caramel, some bitter hop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle, gift from Mum & Dad- cheers! Brown with a thin beige head. Rather too fizzy. Chocolate and lemon at first, then praline and berries follow. A hint of alcohol and metal. Definite blackcurrant and a little wood in the finish. Lightly dry and a little sticky with just a smidgen of bitterness. Quite liked this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kavu (4175) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2016
0,33l bottle from Silja Symphony, shared with wiosna. Pours clear deep amber with a medium head. Aroma is slightly nutty malts and caramel. Flavor is slightly nutty roasted malts with some hops. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Towey1989 (1893) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Bottle at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) Pours a ruby brown colour with a frothy off white head. Aroma of caramel, some red berries, slight bready malt, a little brown sugar and subtle spicy hops. Taste of caramel, red berries, some raisin, slight plum, subtle nuttiness and maybe golden syrup/Brown sugar. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A sweetish, caramel, spiciness in the finish. A lovely malty, British styled, brown ale, very caramelly and fruity. The spiciness of this malty beer brings out all the other flavours. Probably the best of all Thwaites beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beersiveknown (5065) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 3, 2016
bottle in selection pack from parents for christmas, drunk boxing day
quite heavy and malt led with big piney hop hit, dark ruby brown, quite sweet, doesn’t meld particularly well. a bit of a struggle to drink

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