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Brewed by XT
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Long Crendon, Aylesbury, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask & Bottled; Regular.

Rich ruby.
Beautiful ruby red beer, malty and smooth with a Cascade hop finish.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vladivostok (232) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2012
Massively malty ale and dark enough to stray into old ale territory. Good bead and bags of flavour including notes of chocolate, toffee and licorice. You only begin to notice the hops in the aftertaste, which is surprisingly long-lasting. One of the best ’new’ ales I have tried in some while.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8627) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Bell & Bear Emberton 21/10/12. A ruby coloured beer with an off-white head. Rich and fruity throughout. Cakey malts and toasty elements. Slightly warming and very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumbo (549) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
Cask handpump at The Ale House, Chelmsford. Dark ruby brown, good tan head, mild chocolate and toffee aroma, malty. Full bodied. A very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2013
Cask,hand pulled at Rocklands Club,Redditch,Worcestershire.Dark ruby red pour pour with decent sized lasting off white head.Nice chocolate,toffee and vanilla aromas all of which appeared in the taste along with fruit and some sweetish malt.Very tasty and so easy to drink,half a dozen pints in little more than an hour!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOBBDrinker (66) - - APR 27, 2013
A lively dark amber to ruby ale with a slightly off white head. It has a pleasant toffee, chocolate, fruit and vanilla aromas which follow into subtle flavours of roasted malts and has a bitter hoppy finish. A classic dark style bitter with a refreshing bite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2012
Cask, Leicester Fest 12. Hazy brown with an off white head. Aromas are bready rye with raisins and cookie dough. Earthy, mellow berries with spices. Flavours are cookie dough with herbal notes. Sweet with juicy fruit and a dry lightly metallic finish. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
[Cask from brewer’s own stand at the Thame Food Festival] Crystal clear amber-red with a slight white head. Lovely rich, full mouthfeel. Despite the cascade hops, this seems to have full-on traditional English bitter flavours - fruity flavours of berries, orange and marmalade, with a lasting earthy, bitter finish and a slight dryness. Tastes stronger than it is. Very decent beer from what seems to be becoming a very reliable brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13566) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
On cask at the Firkin Ale House Folkestone. Clear russet colour thin beige head. Good malt but the hops on the end are excellent. Really biting. Bit of milk chocolate. Lovely

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14175) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 5, 2012
cask at Egham ... ruby red ... thin tan head ... soft sweet toffee roast ... juicy fruits nose... bitter front ... juicy malts ... light toffee

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 21, 2012
Cask@Reading Beer Festival 2012. Deep amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is fruity, wooden, floral and mildly spicy. Flavour is wooden, floral, fruity with some mild raisins, toffee and sweet maltyness.


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