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Woodfordes Admirals Reserve

Brewed by Woodfordes
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Norwich, England
Serve in English pint


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Cask; Regular and also available Bottle Conditioned.
Launched in April 2002 to celebrate Woodforde’s 21st Anniversary (1981-2002).
Ingredients: Maris Otter; Crystal Malt; Rye Crystal Malt; Goldings hops.
Solid and generous sweet fruit flavour create a complex and satisfying dark chestnut-coloured beer. Wonderfully, and dangerously, drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pricey290483 (610) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
light brown in colour malty on the aroma and taste with a little bitter finish don’t think i wouldn’t rush to have it again

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
SilverfoX (541) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2014
smells of nothing, dark gold foamy white head. tastes like unsalted crisps which must be the only thing good about it?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (1130) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Cask @ The Olde Sun, St Neots. Light to mid brown, clear. Full white head. Toffee/caramel and alcohol in the nose: smells stronger than 5%. Multi-layered taste: the initial sweetness masks an intense bitter edge. Apparently now only available during the Christmas period, so seek it out while you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4435) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle conditioned: 500ml’s best before the end of Oct 2012, some 5 days away. The beer is 5% ABV and was poured slowly @ home into an Abbot Ale glass tankard. No sediment left the bottle in my gentle pour: clear, bright, chestnut reddish body, the head a full covering of white foam which hung around for the duration of the tasting. Feels and smells like a ’winter warmer’ sort of beer, rich, woody and Christmassy. The malts are roasted and full flavoured in the aroma and taste, toffee being the main maltiness I got. Fruity hop notes in the mix as well, a liquid toffee apple with extra candid fruits as the beer warms in the glass. The actual body depth isn’t that heavy or full, but the flavours carry the beer nicely and the 5% ABV sits well overall.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RichardW (1633) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Cask, JDW, Carlisle. Toffee-tasting amber beer that lacks any great aroma. Sadly, quite bland, with an almost synthetic sugariness on the tongue. Some late fruitiness saves a bit of face, but generally disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (3326) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2012
Cask by handpump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - pours clear brown ale with a nutty malt aroma, served a bit cold, flavour has a hint of fruit, smooth to drink, a bit bland

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2370) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 16, 2012
Cask @ JDW Inverness
Copper amber..clear..thin white head...some lacing
Aroma of fruity malts and berries
Taste of caramel malt..some biscuity malt...fruity berries...hint of blackcurrant...hedgerow hops...hint of yeast...fair amount of flavour here
Palate...soft carb...some sweet fruitiness....light bitter
Finish - same as main flavour but more intense...some biscuit malt and yeast in the tail
Overall - Solid quite fruity premium bitter with some depth in the flavour

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
berkshirejohn (4904) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2012
Cask at the Lord Moon of the Mall (JDW), Whitehall. Not much going on with this - amber gold with a thin cream head; no noticable aroma; grainy body, sweet fruity flavour; and no real finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2012
Cask Conditioned Handpump Eastgate Northampton. An amber coloured beer with a whitish head. A sweet fruity beer. Light berries throughout. Fairly pleasant in the mouth if not a little too sweet. Fruits are nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2011
A - Caramel, with dried fruit and roasted nuts A - Copper gold, with thin white head T - Sweet with light roasted bitter P - Medium to full and soft O - A brown ale

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