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


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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilkTork (5559) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2009 Oct, 2007 500ml bottle from Morrisons. A nicely balanced and fairly robust ale with a nice apple tang from the Bramling Cross hops. Some fizz, but not too aggressive, and the barley sugar taste of the pasteurising is not as noticeable as in some other bottled English ales. An OK drink. Buttery and fairly pleasant. [2.8]
June, 2009 A fairly standard and nondescript bottled and pasteurised British bitter. There’s nothing offensive about this - it’s a drinkable beer with some hop awareness and a modest, but acceptable malt backbone - but there’s nothing that makes it stand out either. It lacks life through the procesing it has gone through, but remains quite a pleasant and acceptable drink. [3.0]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle. Full bodied strong bitter with much more hopping than I expected. Not incredible but a tasty drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle from somewhere random. Golden amber with a thin white film. Hoppy aroma with slight notes of cherry and sugar. Grassy hops continue into the flavour with more cherry and berries and slight medicinal notes. Sugar rush at the finish. It’s ok but all just a little tart where is shouldnt be and the malt is not quite right in some way. Not too bad though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2007
Bottled. An amber coloured beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is fairly hoppy and fruity. Smells pretty fresh. The taste has hints of cardboard but there’s a fairly pleasant berry fruitiness. Some caramel notes. All in all not bad for a Thwaites pasteurized beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2007
Bottle from sainsburies. Aroma is loads of toffe and caramel amlt, hints a grassy and peppery hop. Taste is similar a good spiceyness too it, and peppery finish. Suprizingly good.
Earlier Rating: 5/2/2007 Total Score: 2.6
Aroma is packed with malt, sweet and a hint of spice. Taste is similar spicey, peppery hops, unbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotty (1156) - SCOTLAND - AUG 13, 2007
Good lookin’ beer,clean gold, thickish white head that lasts a long time. Well balanced malt & hop character, smooth & slightly sweet, but not over powering. strength is adequate..a good beer, I’m impressed actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 11, 2007
Bottle, pours a clear amber. but no head. A sweet juicy malt and floral aroma. A powerful bitterness, but then an off-setting sweetness, and then a short but clean finish. An enjoyable complex ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (13374) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2007
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml. Darkish amber with light head. Pretty straight forward bottled bitter, some caramel, a little hop and late maltiness. It’s ok but somewhat bland.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davegore (223) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2007
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, pours an amber with a head which is nothing special. Hints of malt on the aroma then leads onto a citrus taste in the mouth, quite zingy. Finishes well, qite a nice bitterness to it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 7, 2007
500ml bottle from Sainsburys. Pours a nice clear amber with strong carbonation at first. Small tan head which subsides. The aroma is a good mix of flowery hops and toffee malt, likewise the taste. The finish has good lasting bitterness and overall this is a very drinkable ESB. It doesn’t do anything fancy, but is just great to drink.

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