Formerly brewed at Davenports (prev Highgate)
Style: Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
Walsall, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Cask; Status uncertain. Also available in bottle.
Brewed at Highgate following the closure of Smiles Brewery in 2004. The brand was subsequently acquired by HWBC Limited, which took over Highgate in 2010.

A full bodied cask conditioned beer, ruby in colour with a roast malt character and fruity aroma. The crystal and chocolate malts are balanced with the use of Fuggles and Styrian Goldings hops.

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leaparsons (11850) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2007
Bottle. Deep red and brown with a beige head. Aromas are sweet weetabix with caramel malts. Flavours are swet malts with weetabix and chocolate. Malty and good.

Rune (16293) - Tromso, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2007
Handpulled half pint at The Cayo Arms, Cardiff. Dark mahogany body. Low level foam with some laceworks. Aroma of sweet berries. Flavour is a mix of malty sweetness and dark fruits. Vague bitter end. Rather anonymous for a premium bitter (02.02.2007).

Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Cask, Gardener’s Arms, Oxford. Deep brown with a light tan cap of dense, sticky foam. Carameled apple aroma with a touch of lively tartness. Warm caramel flavor, round and malty. A bit of toasted marshmellow. Just a touch of earthy hops. A wholesome and satisfying pint, just the thing for sipping in front of the fire here at the snug Gardener’s Arms.

GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2007
[cask from The Three Judges] Dark brown, tight head. Caramel and some sweet, red berry notes and a dry finish.

theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Mine just has the word Smiles in big letters and says "English Ale" and "Bottled Cask Ale" in small letters underneath. Its the same strength and have a similar description so I’m pretty sure its the same beer. That is farking annoying. Speakof of annoying, this is the kind of english beerr I don’t like: over the top fruity. The aroma and flavor are dominated by plumbs, raisin, pear, toffee, and caramel. You can’t even taste bit of hops. Its a flat, reddish brown with little head. This beer does nothing for me. Maybe if it were hand pumped in England or something.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2006
1. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 04/11/2001 Dark coloured with fruit and chocolate aromas. Strong in alcohol. Roast malt finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 18/07/2002 Copper coloured with floral aroma. Fruity blackcurrant flavour. Dry malt finish.

Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2006
Cask conditioned @ Duke of Wellington, Soton. Fairly dark brown. Light roasty malt aromas. Some sweetness and tart fruity flavours and a roasty finish. Fairly interesting but not that great for me.

harrisoni (21944) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2005
cask at little gem aylesford ruby colour rich malt flavour plums and strawberries sweetish but pleasant good ruby some choc bitterish hops on end with more strawberry. nice

hotstuff (5379) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. Poured a medium size tan head that was mostly lasting, sparse lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, softly carbonated, transparent, and a ruby hue. Aroma was malty, roasty and sweet. Sweet, malty, roasty, and thin flavor. Palate was thin and smooth. light body.

thedm (6317) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2005
This bottled brew marked best before HUG01 and labeled L09080G1 poured a large sized head of foamy off-white colored mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a good lacing and a softly carbonated transparent caramel brown colored body. The aroma was mild and malty. The mouth feel was dry and semi sweet in the finish. It was OK brew but I didn’t enjoy it much.

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