Brewed by Wylam
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Serve in English pint


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Cask: Regular. Also cold filtered and force-carbonated in bottles.
Ingredients: Water, Pale and Amber malt, Fuggles hops and yeast.
Named after the early steam locomotive, Rocket, built by George Stephenson who was born in Wylam.
Strength changed from 4.4% to 5% abv before 2007.
A lovingly crafted best bitter made with the best ingredients to give a fine taste experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (3109) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle from Darlington railway station. Appearance -dirty honey colour and decent head. Nose - honey, toffee and hazelnuts. Taste - yep praline again, light biscuit bitterness. Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a tangy and fairly dry finish. Overall - quite complex but slightly sweeter than I’d have made it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (4475) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2015
500ml bottle from Ashton McCobb - cheers Ash! Pours hazy amber, thin white head. Aromas of praline, light malt sweetness. Taste is honeycomb, light bitterness at the back. Medium body, good balanced finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (1932) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle, Hilton Newcastle, UK. Watery tea colour, thin head. Spiced caramel aroma, sweet with a malt and honey finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
olliejobbins (1088) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2013
500ml bottle. pours a clear copper with little head. Aroma is nice and hoppy but not to complex. Tastes a little of straw with plenty of hops and a full mouth feel. little watery in after taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (1348) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
500ml bottle from Head of Steam Museum, Darlington. Copper amber colour, white foam head, with malt mash aroma. Smooth dry malty bitterness, some caramel and yeasty notes, well balanced. Some bitterness lingers. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sic1314 (3880) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2012
Amber pour with minimal head, aroma of hops and malt. Quite weak badyfeel for the ABV. Flavour of toffee and malt with some syruppy sweetness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (1030) - SCOTLAND - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle (500ml):
Caramel and toffee to begin along with some sweet malts and some background fruits. There is also a lot of bitterness right at the end of the aroma as well as some earthy notes and a little bread.
Caramel amber colour with a very nice and straight looking, foamy white head about the same size as an index finger. Retention is pretty good with the head staying, unchanged for about five minutes.
Darker fruit at the start and a strong, sweet malt flavour along with some caramel. There is some bread, some sugary sweetness and some toffee along with a strong bitter finish.
Medium with a smooth finish and a wet feel to it along with lots of bitter malts right at the end. It goes down well and is one of the better of the style I’ve had of late.

A nice, solid effort for an ESB and like I mentioned above, on of the better of the style I have drank lately. This one wasn’t all that much different for plenty I have had in the past but it was done well and had a good balance of flavour with a nice wet feel to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1414) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Sampled a new stronger version of Rocket in the Three Judges, Glasgow in November 2008. This ale has an increased ABV of 5% now. Cask, handpump dispense. Spot on condition, clear tawny in colour with a thin clean white head. Sweet malty aroma with a thin but smooth pleasant mouthfeel. Pale malt base gives a robust, almost fiery maltloaf base with a black pepper flavour. Sweet overall though with a long intensity of syrupy dates and molasses. Slight and extremely short burst of hop resin bitterness fades quite quickly in intensity. Peppery malt note continues through into the warming sweet finish. A delicious ale thats far too tempting not to have a session with. Dangerously drinkable and highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ralphdot (1000) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2011
amber colour with a good head, toffee and malt aroma, fruity caramel taste, very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (10769) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2011
Cask conditioned at The Barrels Alehouse, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland. Orange amber with slight head. Malty, grainy sour dough with a wallop of alcohol, some butterscotch notes. Not brilliant.

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