Brewed by Adnams
Style: Bitter
Southwold, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask: Occasional Returned after an absence of 10 years as a special in April 2009 but has appeared again since then. To celebrate the UKs first ever National Cask Ale Week, Adnams is bringing back a much-loved classic - Adnams Extra Special Bitter. Known to its fans simply as Adnams Extra, the beer was crowned the Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival in 1993.
According to Rob Flanagan, Sales Director at Adnams, Adnams is fully supporting Cask Ale Week and wanted to celebrate the occasion by bringing back one of our old favourites. Adnams Extra Special Bitter has reached near cult status amongst Adnams fans who remember the beer with great fondness, we are sure they will be delighted to hear that it is returning. We also hope that resurrection of Adnams Extra will create a buzz of interest in Cask Ale Week for those who have not tried it before.
Returned again for Wetherspoons Oct 15 Beer Festival.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (23889) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2015
Cask at the foot of the walk... Copper... Small tan head.. Soft sweet toffee fruit nose.. Soft metalic toffee malts.. Light dry bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Cask at The Bishops Mill (JDW), Durham, 1.89/pint. Copper pour with a thick, cream-coloured head. The nose is slightly chemical/medicinal and soapy, as well as definitely boozy and carrying notes of hay and grain. The taste opens highly bitter with lots of earthy and cereal notes and a biscuity finish. Decent bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (7812) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2015
Cask at JDW Victoria as Adnams Extra Special Bitter. Liking the old-school pump clip. Dark amber orange, still, clear, small foamy off-white head, full lacing. Aroma is very light indeed with some green apple. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is celery, leaves, green apple, gummy bear sweets, lightly bitter finish with some woodiness. Pretty interesting. Nice to try.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
theprof (880) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2015
Cask. The commercial deScription talks of floral, herbal aromas but for me the scent is more compost than garden. Colour is copper with lacing. Taste is more hops than malt giving the promised tart bitterness. Not my preferred aftertaste and dont spill it on any garment or friend you like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (6407) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2015
Cask at the Plough & Harrow (JDW), Hammersmith. Amber with a thin cream head; pleasant floral aroma; sweet floral taste; with a dry herbal finish. Quite refined, but showing its age - things have changed a lot since this was a Champion Beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (9993) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2015
Cask @ Percy Shaw, Halifax. Golden-amber with a thick head. Session ale thats lightly hopped, with a light floral-sweet aroma, and a lower bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (5389) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2015
Cask, hand-pulled, Society Room, Glasgow (Festival Ale), floral, caramel, herbal aroma, copper with a thin off-white head, excellent lacing, biscuit, fruity flavour, creamy, sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
amhart88 (131) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2015
Nice enough but a bit bland for my tastes. Very little variety in palate, but a good session ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Towey1989 (2559) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A clear pale amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma of toasted malts, slight biscuit, subtle boiled sweets, a little orange barley and some musky, grassy hops. Taste of toasted malts, grain, orange barley, subtle boiled sweets, some grapefruit, slight nuts and herbal, grassy hops. Light bodied and a slightly oily texture. A dry, kind of musky, grassy hop bitterness in the finish. A weird one this, some pleasant citrus tones but quite an astigent, musky hoppy character that took a while get used to. Below average I reckon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (7622) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
Cask at Charlie Hall; clear amber pour with a creamy white head, aroma has light citrus and biscuit, taste has pale malts, some tangerine, green tea leaves, light bitterness.

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