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Brewed by Tom Wood’s
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Barnetby, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cask; Regular
A deep red premium bitter with earthy hops and fruity malt notes. Some citrus notes emerge in the mouth, with a teasing roasted bitterness playing on the tongue.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2004 Draught. A lovely pint. Malty, slightly sweet flavour. Some nutiness as well. Very drinkable, despite being around 5% I have drunk this for hours.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2007
Cask (handpull), Tap & Spile, Lincoln.

Half Man Half Biscuit once sang; "There is nothing better in life / than writing on the sole of your slipper with a biro / on a Saturday night / instead of going to the pub".

They were wrong.

There is nothing better in life than finding a great pub with great local beer in great condition. Old-satchel-brown body, a transient effervescing head, sweet and soft malts with some slight hazelnuttiness. Superb stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5277) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 JDW Rochester A tangy and juicy sweet traditional bitter. Appearance is a heavy dark copper with a fast vanishing natural bubble head. Mouthfeel is fresh and gently seductive with a slight oily texture. The malt and hops are well integrated giving a superb balance. There's a nuttiness and a twiggy flavour, with just a suggestion of chocolate. There are even hints of heather honey and a smack of leather. Exceptionally pleasing with a pleasant jam and mouldy pear aroma.
Crown & Thistle, Gravesend. A great beer drunk in a great pub - the CAMRA National Pub of the Year - and it turns out to be rather less than experienced last time. Despite a good start the beer quickly turned watery with a vanishing peppery/curry finish. Add to that a yeasty old socks aroma, and something has gone wrong here! I scored it 2.4, but won't adjust my previous score which was based on two full pint samples.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (4677) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Cask at the Back of Beyond (JDW), Reading. A rather good bitter. Copper with a reddish tint, and a dense cream head; powerful aroma of roasted malts, slightly smoky; deppely bitter flavour with thick treacly malts; and a dry and bitter finish. Everything an ESB should be.

3.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabuzzer (101) - - APR 26, 2014
Cask at Paisley Beer Festival. Pours dark brown with decent, lasting head. Taste is toffee with a hint of bitterness. Highly drinkable

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8323) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2002
Dark brown in colour. This is a malty, fruity beer with light roast notes and a touch of toffee. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6526) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2007
Gravity dispense at the Miners’ Arms Summer Beer Festival, St Werburgh’s Bristol 6/8/07. Reddish amber colour with a moderate off-white head. aroma of caramel and red fruits. Flavour of dark chocolate and red currants with a hoppy, bitter finish. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 1) The Sad Hog Tavern. Ruby red glow with lacings aplenty. Vinous fruit, red berry, Flemish sourness, maybe cinammon. Nibbles of chocolate and liquorice. Unusually sour for an English brew. Not sure it’s meant to taste like this. 535312. 2) Cask handpull, Hinckley Spoons, 12/04/12. Claret against the table with a dirty cream collar. Light roasted nut, earthy coffee, slight urinal aroma: very good. Generous, roasted nut, coffee sprinkled flavour. Some underlying blackcurrant and orange hop presence. Balanced, textured. Bitter finish, nut husk afters. Excellent. 747415.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - SEP 8, 2008
Cask at the Steam Railway, Swindon. Amber red. Sour malts, chocolate with woody puckering bitterness. Good balance! Not short on flavour in my opinion.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (542) - SCOTLAND - JAN 19, 2013
A clear, deep red ale with a thick, frothy head. Aroma is very mild and of fruit and malt. The flavour is similar with a citrus edge and it’s quite bitter on the tongue. It’s subtle but distinctive and very drinkable.


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