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Brewed by Tomos Watkin
Style: Bitter
Swansea, Wales
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
A rich red premium cask ale produced using pale ale, crystal and wheat malt. A full fruity/citrus hop flavour of willamette and fuggle with the light aroma of goldings.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle from K&G. Nice malty ale. Aromas of caramel, nuts, with hints of liquorice. Taste is sweet, with light bitteness, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Brown, with a frothy head.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (1877) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2009
From the 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz. bottle marked L8009-13:33. It pours amber-red and a tad cloudier than I would expect with a short-lasting, thin head. Overall the aroma is sweeter with a floral hop background and something akin to apples or pears. It is a full-bodied texture that has a dose of sweet malts and warm bitterness to it. This is my favorite beer style and this one passes the test.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (1414) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle from Asda. Dark amber beer with medium head. Aroma is toffee, caramel and malts. Taste is caramel,toffee, malts and some toasted bread. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (3908) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Initially the aroma at the top of the bottle was that of crisp pickled cucumbers, then it turned very yeasty. From the glass it’s powdery. Medium red-brown, slightly off-white creamy head, fair label. Very good bitter - vanilla notes over tannic ale. LIght cigarette smokiness, sometimes seems dry sometimes seems sweet, toasted sugars. Medium light body, woody shortbread cookie finish that moves on to a bit of grapefruit rind bitterness. A nice pint.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4654) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber with good offwhite head. Interesting aroma, full of cocoa and yeastiness. Flavours have a spicy edge as well, hints of rye, in addition to the cocoa. Medium body. A nice surprise.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2377) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor is malty, hints of sweetness. Mild bitter finish. $4.45 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2009
Pours a cloudy amber, nice carbonation and a huge off white head with great lacing. Great nose of sweet malt, flowers and dulce de leche. Beautiful, round, malty and slightly sweet. Taste is light toffee and fruit. Finish is long with a light bitterness. Very nice. I love Welsh Bitters.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3432) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2009
500 ml. Hazy copper with a lasting disc of creamy foam and nice lacing. Earthy-spiced caramel apple aroma. Flavor is the same with some tart cinnamon apple, nutmeg and toffee-caramel on front and a crisp, dry-spicy finish. Hints of bitter chocolate and roasted pecan. Later sips seems to have some traces of smoke and peat as well. Near-medium body is smoothly carbonated and well-dried on the finish. Nice session bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (5082) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2010
Bottle. Dark amber colour medium off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, hops, hay and fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, by Hurns Brewery, same address as above, but a brewery name change? Drank on 25th March 2009, best before the end of May 2009. Poured into UK pint sleeve glass. Bright and clear amber coloured body with a huge foaming off-white head. Plenty of carbonisation, well loads of bubbles rising through the beer anyway. Lighter in colour than I expected (old style bitter just made me think dark and musty). Good malty, beery aroma. It may well be Welsh but it has all the hall marks of a good English Bitter, yeast and hops can also be sniffed as you drink this very pleasant beer. Good flavours, of all things beery. This ale tastes like an ale, crisp, refreshing and clean. Wheat has been used, but I couldn’t detect any, just malted barley on the grain front. Very drinkable and one of the best beers I’ve had from Wales, ever.


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