Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Cask: Regular.
ABV reduced from 4.3% to 4.1% in 2011.
Ingredients: Water from Charles Wells well; Pale Malt; Crushed Crystal Malt; Challenger and Goldings hops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Benzai (9995) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2011
From cask in a pub somewhere in London when on holiday. Light amber / copper colored beer wit hno head. Smells weird, musty, stale, cellar. Tastes flat, stale. Low, actually virtually no carbonation. Very low body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Meilby (9625) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2011
Can 500ml @ home
Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of caramel. Taste is metallic light bitter with a dry finish. Light body, oily texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9439) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2004
Hand-pulled cask at the Bag O' Nails pub near Buckingham Palace in London. Amber/brown color with a medium thin beige head that did not last long. Thin coating of lace throughout the glass. Subtle malt and caramel in the nose. Medium-bodied and smooth like glass with a woody character. Flavors of dark fruit, malt and hops. The finish is smooth and rather creamy. I liked this one pretty well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (9319) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2008
Cask, half pint, at Calthorpe Arms, Holborn. Deep dark amber body under thin beige head. Firm lacing on the glass. Moderate aroma of dark caramel. More caramel malts in flavour added by a fruity component and a woody touch. Smooth bitter ending (11.03.2008).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2010 1. Cask Hadnpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 30/05/2000 Bitter with a malty aftertaste. 2. Cask Handpump at Wetherspoons, Chester (JDW) 21/03/2001 Slightly fruity with a malty aftertaste. 3. Cask Handpump at the Hand & Flower, Kensington 08/08/2002 Amber mid brown slightly fruity. Malty hop finish. 4. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 30/09/2002 Copper sweet and malty with a slightly dry finish. 5. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 02/10/2002 6. Cask Handpump at the Cross Keys, Knutsford 26/03/2004 Copper amber slightly fruity. Smooth bitter full malt finish. 7. Cask Handpump at the Cross Keys, Crewe 28/12/2007 Malt aroma. Small white head. Mid brown coloured smooth on the palate and malty with a crisp and fruity slightly dry finish. 8. Cask Handpump at the City Road Inn, Manchester 17/03/2008 Floral and hop aromas. White head. Amber coloured with some sour fruit flavour. Crisp and bitter full malt finish. 9. Cask Handpump at the Lion, Sandbach 02/01/2010 Fruity aroma. Mid brown coloured and fruity with a little bitterness and dryness in a lasting malt finish. 10. Cask Handpump at the Lion, Sandbach 03/01/2010 Some floral aroma. Mid brown coloured smooth on the palate and malty with a dry and slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
leaparsons (8832) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Cask, New Road Inn, Leicester. Bronze with a dense cream head. Aromas are light toffee malts with gentle fruitiness and some nuttiness. Flavours are light, bitter, dry hops. Not very malty. Has some pepper sensation, along with metal, on the finish. Very easy to drink in a not very complex sense.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2010 Cask conditioned - handpump - Otterís Pocket Stamford. When I was 17 or so I used to occasionally drink this and think it was the epitome of strong beers - really malty, fruity and tasty. I lived in a small village and there were probably 4 or 5 real ales available and the others were all quite dull and ordinary. I then started to appreciate beers over the next 10 to 15 years and thought that Bombardier was a experience that Iíd exaggerated in my youth. Today I tried it again in a pub which has six real ales on - all fairly normal and common but this one hadnít been rated so why not? It came as a shock to me how much I enjoyed this. I though maybe it was nostalgia playing tricks with me, but look at the style percentile, really high, so itís not just me! It pours a nice amber colour with a nice fruity berry aroma. The taste is fruity as I remember it with good malt qualities and a lovely warming mouthfeel. There is almost a toffee like fruity feel throughout the aroma and taste which fills the mouth and the stomach. Nice one and Iíll never doubt my memory again. Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 3.2. Average becomes 3.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2011 Cask at a pub in Shepperton, June 2006. Caramel colored dark orange body. Flavor has some grassy C hops at first, then some toast and caramel flavors. Nose is toasty and grassy, with some honey and grassy oak flavors in the finish. Better than expected.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rosenbergh (8527) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2011
Cask at The Cauliflower, Ilford, England.
Clear amber colour with small creamy white head. Mild malty aroma. Caramel malty flavour with some mild bitterness. Smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (8319) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Cask conditioned at the Red Lion, Wendlebury, Oxon, 16-07-06 . Poured a standard brown colour with a slight head and a hint of haze probably suggesting that this was maybe getting a bit tired in the cask. Not in the least bit impressed with this. It tasted a bit malty, bitterer than I remembered I considered taking it back but in truth it wasnít off, had no vinergary notes to it and maybe is a different beer to how I recall it. I should try this again as I reckon the it tastes better picked up from a supermarket in a bottle than it did here A5 A3 F4 P2 Ov 7 . Cask, The Unicorn Hotel, Deddington, Oxon, 27-10-08 Pours deep reddy/amber in colour with white head. The aroma is quite maly with a touch of sweet dark fruits, like dates or similar. Taste is really quite uncomplicated, its fruity, sweet and malty, some dried fruits carry through some of the sweetness and it can get just a little tiring after a bit, but I felt a re-rate was in order as this wasn’t a bad pint at all. A6 A5 F6 P3 Ov 11 .

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