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


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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottle; pasteurised. Also exported pasteurised in kegs.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011. Recipe changed from dry hopping with Target to Goldings.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malts; Fuggle and Golding hops. Dry hopped with Golding hops.
Named after the Dorset Horn ram that lived in Youngs brewery stables in Wandsworth, and on which the company’s trademark is based.
“A pale brown, fruity, vinous, hoppy beer packed full of flavour. Full-bodied with an excellent balance between malt and hops.”

arsenal's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arsenal (10) - Orange, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
first tasted at the beach, when a Brit friend bought a case. memory hazy... session lengthy. head spongy. lovely amber colour, slight Fuggles-y bitterness (as it should be) that started a barley and malt free-for-all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBlueSky93 (278) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle from Tesco. Pours Orange-Brown, single finger head. Aroma of malt, slight port, caramel musty, fruits, lemon, orange. Tastes much the same, hoppy fruits, but the malts take over for me. Decently balanced, nice and smooth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
MissPxx (665) - - JUL 13, 2014
Fairly slight aroma. Very bitter tasting with a real tingle in the tongue. Dark amber color and really clear in appearance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (5177) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 20, 2014
275ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear golden brown, thin white head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, faint spice. Taste is sweet, nutty. Light spice finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3472) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2014
16.9oz bottle (Old Notes)-Pours an orangish brown with a decent sized head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and sweetness. Taste of the same. This light to medium bodied brew is well balanced and goes down smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjsint (1135) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2014
275 ml (is that all?) bottle at the Prince of Wales, Bromham. Copper colour, little obvious carb or head. Enjoyable caramel malt scent marred by a metallic hint in the aroma. Taste a bit metallic as well, but also bittersweet and well-balanced. Carbonation more obvious in the mouthfeel. Passable, but maybe not the best bottle? I prefer the cask (although I haven’t seen it in 7 or 8 years).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2051) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle in The Bear, Esher. Colour is standard clear amber, medium white head. Nose is caramel, bread, cereal grainy, slight English hop earthiness. Taste is caramel, cereal malt grainy, dryish hop character, touch straw or grass hop character alongside earthiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (12446) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle @ Calthorpe Arms, London. Clear golden with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and light hoppy - straw. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish. 270413

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1641) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle. Amber with small offwhite head. Malty with earthy hops. Mild bitterness. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
Bouteille 500ml, courtoisie d’un contact de Victoria, BC. De couleur ambrée-cuivrée et claire. Nez légèrement fruité (agrumes, léger de poires), moyen de caramel doux aux notes de butterscotch, léger de houblon floral et terreux avec des notes de noix. Moyenne-mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture aux notes huileuses. Goût très légèrement fruité (agrumes légèrement sucrées, traces d’abricots et de raisins) avec un moyen-léger goût amer de houblon plutôt terreux (présent en arrière-goût toute la gorgée) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de caramel très doux avec de très faibles notes de butterscotch et de pain puis en finale l’on retrouve de très faibles notes de noix et un houblon plus herbeux. Post-goût moyen, légèrement amer de houblon légèrement terreux aux notes herbeuses avec un très léger goût de noix. (2005)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (5343) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle @ The Britannia. The pour’s medium amber with a small head. The nose is brown bread, rich toasty malts aromas, honeyed grain. The taste is slightly hot runny toffee, some caramel-covered haystack, nut bar. Mildly astringent on the finish. Medium body, this is one of those beers that drinks above its ABV. Rich, full. A nice ESB for winter.

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