Brewed by Thwaites
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Blackburn, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
Brewed to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of Thwaites in 1807.
Ingredients: Water, malt, English Golding and Fuggles hops with the late addition of Bramling Cross.
"This refreshing amber coloured premium ale is well balanced with a malty character."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2007
UPDATED: APR 30, 2008 500ml Bottle 5.2% ABV. Hoppy aroma but nothing else coming through (well, not to me). Pours a fine amber colour with a tan head. Hops and malts coming through in the taste, with a lingering bitterness. Certainly drinkable but, for a celebration ale, I would have liked more body and more kick to it. Most probably soon forgotten.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (7794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2007
Bottle. Dark gold with a small head. Aromas are honey and lemon with caramel malts. Some hay and even hints of banana. Flavours are sweet toffee and caramel followed by spicy hops and some nuttiness. Honey sweetness follows and then dry, spicy, lightly pine hops. Quite herbal on the finish rather than bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonMoore (1806) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2007
Bottle. Light amber colour with a thick off-white head. Aroma has malt, hops and toffee. Smooth and well balanced with the same elements in the taste department with a pleasant bitterness throughout. This is good bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (5908) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2007
Bottle. Amber with a strong, white head. Aroma was of toffee with some hops in the background. Flavour was well balanced with some doughy malt followed by a long, bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2007
Bottled. Honeyish amber with a frothy slick of white suds. Quite an appetising snout of leafy hop, robustly boozy malt and apple fruitiness. Slatey smooth and heavily malt-accented. Sturdy ale with a firm hop bitterness and oatily mellow aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4176) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2007
Bottle. Amber beer with a strong head. The aroma is lightly toffee and dry and the flavour is hopped and toffee. Overall a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 5, 2007
Bottle. Copper pour, soft white head. Herbal hops, rough bready aroma, a little mint around the edges and overripe melon esters. Flavor is soft bread sweetness, round minty/piney bitterness. Fairly full mouthfeel. Not much to distinguish this from the crowd, but fairly well executed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2007
Amber, very fizzy. Malt aroma. I left this an hour and enjoyed the sweet malty taste and tangy citric edge. Low bitterness, but full of flavour. Good British bottled beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1117) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2007
Bottle. Liquored orange nose with some sharp apple. Pours copper with a disappearing pale tan head. Flavour is great - an archetypal bitter with just enough distinction to make a classic of the style. Some broad orange hops on the middle back of the tongue balanced with a slightly citric sweetness (contradictory as that may sound). Finish is well-hopped, long, pleasingly bittersweet and refresing. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gethinbeer (2070) - Musky, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
fruity aroma with hops and oranges. Clear orange appearance with a thin white head. Smooth texture of syrup but a bitter, citrus fruit finish. Nice beer.

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