Brewed by Banks’s (Marston’s)
Style: Bitter
Wolverhampton, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles.
Originally brewed by Thwaites, the brand was contract brewed at Marston’s Wolverhampton plant (Banks’s) from 2013, then bought completly by Marston in March 2015. The brand continues to be sold under the Thwaites name and logo.
"This rich amber beer is brewed with only the finest English ingredients. A prominent hop aroma and bitterness throughout is finely balanced with a full malt flavour, leading to a dry bitter finish."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2009
Bottle (500ml). Remind me again how "pasteurized" makes this a different recipe? or a different beer? Oh, right - ENGLAND - right. Looks lovely - clear, deep refractive copper, average frothy beige head (4-). Dry, floral aroma, mild grain, somewhat sweet, like ripe red currant. Taste is very dull, grain, newsprint, metal and saccharine. Light body, somewhat astringent, light carbonation, and a sort of harsh, plastic aftertaste. Sweet, boring - smells nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2009
An amber ale with a thin white head. A rather strange chemical sweet berry smell with light hops. In mouth, a light caramel malt with earthy hops, very light and watery. Boring. Bottle from LCBO.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robinvboyer (4190) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2009
meh, this was a little boring. Some light caramel malts, and some light hops, not unpleasant, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle, LCBO. Golden brown, good sized white head. Pleasant soft hoppy aroma. Light hoppy taste, light malt, some nice sweetness in the finish. Overall pleasant, unremarkable, standard stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle 500 ml
Appearance: clear dark amber with shade of red copper , tanned creamy mid top. 3+
Nose: Creamy ,slightly nutty with plenty of honey. Rather bland. 6-
Flavor/Palate : Mid bodied with thinner follow up. Poor presence of malts , slightly raw nutty with touch of caramel and honey. Unpleasant raw bitterness. Slightly metallic top.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle from the LCBO- A deep chestnut pour, with a frothy eggshell cap. Fruity nose has plum, apples, slightly toasty malts, a touch of grassy hops. Tastes of sweet caramel malts, plum, quite bready, with a little bit of balancing grassy hops, leading to a marked bitterness right in the end. Creamy and deadly drinkable, but a bit too sweet overall for sessions. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sammy (11251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2009
Pours mahogoney brown colour with initial foamy head. A little malty, though also a tad faint beery aroma. The mouthfeel is average, also a tad astringent. There is a small hop taste, more malty. Not too drinkable, a passable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2009
Expected a hop aroma and got a whiff of one but less than I expected. Thin, broken froth with varying bubble sizes yet a lovely dark gold/amber colour. A bit watery with some hop and malt on the back end of the drink. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit fiery at times. Reminds me of Hobgoblin to an extent, and I think that extent is the fact that the beer has traveled over 5000km to the LCBO under unknown circumstances. Not bad, but not a bargain at its price point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Diogène (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
Bottle. Dark copper with a thin creamy off-white head. Medium-good retention and great lacing. Aroma is malt, caramel and hops. Flavor is esrthy with toasted malt, caramel and a bitter finish. Medium body with a slightly watery mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3768) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
Brwon bottle, 500 ml, produced on L9050T, purchased at the LCBO, savoured on June 17 2009; eye: copper, clear, no effervescence, moka head that falls and turns into a tiny ring, nice lacing; nose: malt, grain, dusty, light roasted malt; mouth: malt, grain, dusty, tiny layer of caramel, light roasted malt, dry finale in dusty grain and showing a nice bitterness, medium body, not much carbonation, grainy texture, lightly sweet, mildly bitter; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 500 ml, produite le L9050T, achetée à la LCBO, savourée le 17 juin 2009; œil : cuivre, claire, pas d’effervescence, mousse moka qui tombe et se transforme en un petit anneau, bonne dentelle; nez : malt, grain, poussière, léger malt torréfié; bouche : malt, grain, poussière, petit filet de caramel, léger malt torréfié, finale sèche en grain poussiéreux et montrant une bonne amertume, corps moyen, peu carbonatée, texture granuleuse, légèrement sucrée, moyennement amère; en résumé : bien

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