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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Bitter
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Bottle: Filtered.
A rich, ruby-red ale created by a blend of seven different malts and Cascade, Liberty, Fuggles and Styrian Goldings hops to give an outstanding balance and a taste to flavour.


Finwe's rating

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finwe (412) - Grankulla, - DEC 11, 2012
500ml bottle @ Geronimo, Tapiola. Pours reddish amber with a small off-white heat. Malty aroma with some berries. Fruity, malty flavour with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Pretty decent red ale.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2315) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle from Beers of Europe [220115]
Dark amber, clear, frothy white head, good lacing
Aroma of very soft berry fruits, soft fruity caramel, nothing else
Taste of caramel, some dark toffee malts, dab of dark honey, soft fruits, mainly malts, light hops, soft flavour
Palate - soft carb, medium body, rather sweet. Finish of soft red berries, toffee caramel, soft sweet
Overall - OK, gets a bit boring with the drinking. Reckon this would be better on cask.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (3875) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle from Cellarbrations Sandy Bay February 2014. Was expecting it to b more malty than it was but it was still pretty good. Russet colour with a big head that was loosely packed.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AtronSeige (772) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 11, 2014
Aroma: Medium hops, floral. Medium-light malt, toasty, caramel. Appearance: Body: Clear, amber. Head: Small, tan, thick, good retention. Lacing. Flavour: Medium malt, bread crusts, toasty, toffee. Medium bitterness, Medium-light hops, floral. Dry finish with light lingering bitterness and crisp. Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium carbonation Overall: Great beer. 500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 8C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
djoeye (1997) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2014
Amber copper clear body, deep off white head, dotty rimmy lacing. Aroma; hops, spruces, faint grass. Taste; hops, apple, caramel, grass. Finishes to the fruity style, more apples and peels. Feels somewhat dry, normal carbonation. Overall fresh and clean. [50cl brown btl, abv4.5%, B@Kilpishalli, BB.AUG2015, t@höme]

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
freretoc (931) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 30, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 50cl, couleur rouge/rose, petite mousse pas d’effervescence, pas mal d’amertume en début de bouche continuité sur le citron. Peu intéressante

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Renobob (1021) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 29, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 50cl. Au nez, houblon. Belle couleur rouge rubis. Biere légère sans corpulence, peu d'intérêt au goût.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11801) - DENMARK - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle, 4.5%. Slightly hazy dark amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, hop, little toasted, little citrus and a little peach. Flavour is malt, fruit, caramel, little toasted, medium sweet, notes of beries, little dry and medium bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dervock (520) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle - pours dark ruby with a diminishing off white head. It’s of sweet malt, cereal, light fruit, grassy and malt aromas you’d get in the mash. Taste is sweet up front which lingers for a long time before the dry finish comes in from the top of the mouth, the whole thing lasts for ages. Carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is sooth and silky.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Derbeth (401) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 17, 2014
Reddish brown colour, nice head with good lacing. Aroma is initially of resin, then more floral, with nice sweet malty backbone. Light bitterness, does not dominate the beer, but seems just enough. Medium body, lively carbonation. Very good!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
peponi (543) - Krakow, POLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Aroma: citrus and resin, some herbs. Appearance: nice claret color, huge beige head. Taste: medium bitterness (pine and herbs), roasted dark malts, fruits, amazingly balanced and highly drinkable, quite dry. Palate: medium body and medium carobnation, nice bitter finish. Overall: My winner. The best red ale I’ve ever tasted. That’s what I wanted.


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