Formerly brewed at Fountain (Scottish Courage - Scottish & Newcastle)
Style: Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 2.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
A rich coloured full bodied fruity blend with bitter caramel and roast character.

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fonefan (57836) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015

Bottle 275ml. @ chriso Post-GBBF Tasting 2014.

[ As Courage Ceremonial Ale ].
[ Vintage 1981 ]. Clear medium amber orange color with virtually no head. Aroma is light moderate malty, pale malt, oxidide, fruity malt, damp stain - fusty, raisin and plum notes. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average to long duration, sweet malt, old malt, oxidide, fruity. Body is light medium, texture is watery, carbonation is flat. [20140816]

Leighton (26391) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle shared at chriso’s Post-GBBF Shindig 2014 - London. Vintage 1981. Pours mostly clear, amber-gold with a creamy white head. Heavy oxidation on the aroma, with accents of ripe citrus, caramel and bread. Medium sweet flavor, lightly metallic, with some jammy fruits, orange, more bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and creamy texture; great condition for the age. Sweet finish with hints of earth and more sugary toffee. OK.

mR_fr0g (17921) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14. Aroma is sweet raisin and dried fruit, carboard and nutty malts with some hot alcohol. Clear golden coloured pour with no head. flavour is pappery, oxidised, some ash, dull sweet malts, sugary. Probably was a little dull to begin with. Palate is medium sweet, very dull. .

Theydon_Bois (26584) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14. Clear rich golden with moderate off white spotting. Nose is oxidised, must, dark fruit, dates, raisens. Taste comprises light spice, oxidised notes, fruit cake, dates. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, tangy dark fruits and oxidised pangs in the close. Ok considering the age, 33 years!

rlgk (18841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle at chriso´s shindig 2014. Vintage 1981. Clear golden/amber beer, no head. Malty vinous aroma, caramel, grapes, earthy notes. Vinous flavor, caramel, earthy, dust, hay, bread, earthy notes. Not totally undrinkable after all these years.

Ferris (21314) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 1981 - Long live the Queen....Light Apple vinegar and vinous. Cloudy orange and copper with a thin white head. Paper, cardboard and even some sweet notes. Not good, but not undrinkable.

BeerViking (6053) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
1981 bottle, amber with a small head, nose has honey, toffee and a musty off note, overly sweet with marzipan notes and little hop character left, but still drinkable.

Fin (12352) - Attenkirchen, GERMANY - JUN 22, 2012
Bottle at the Shoulder of Mutton 21.06.12 shared by Peter Fowler, cheers Peter. Amber in colour, decent clarity with just maybe a touch of haze from the sediment. Suprisingly sweet, there is a touch of oxidisation. This seems a stronger beer than it is which with no abv listed on the bottle I assumed it would be 6-7% but a quick search I realised it was 4.8%. ithere was no A6 A3 T7 P3 Ov12 3.0

Bov (14988) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 15, 2011
1981 vintage; courtesy of Thomas and Philipp - hazy amber colour; no foam; caramel and madeira in the nose, notes of marzipan; medium-bodied and with a moderate carbonation, decent bitterness; long malty, caramelish and portwine-like finish - impressive after all those years!

Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2009
1981 Bottle from the Wedding of Charles and Di. Aroma was fruity and boozy, but the pour had me disappointed right away. It was a very viscous and cloudy brown. My suspicions were confirmed upon tasting; This has long gone bad. Total drain pour because it no longer tasted like beer. It just tasted, well, awful. Spoiled.

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