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


on tap

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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 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 (5595) - 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 (1107) - 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 (11946) - 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 (222) - 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 (2417) - 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.

   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 (9101) - 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 (2033) - 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.

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