Brewed by Brakspear (Marstonís)
Style: Bitter
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 102   ABV: 3.4%
Cask: Regular.
Brewed at Henley by Brakspear until 2002 when the brewery closed and Refresh UK bought the rights to the brand. The beer was then contract brewed at the Thomas Hardy (Burtonwood) brewery for Refresh until 2004 when production was transferred to a purpose built brewhouse at the Wychwood brewery which includes original Brakspear brewing equipment.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
NosirIwont (2409) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2009
Cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg. Pours a dim golden colour with a white head. Aroma of hops and plastic/rubber. Same flavour. Feels watery. Overall fails with the plastic/rubber thing and also felt too thin. 27-11-09.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2009
Cask at Crown & Cushion, Windsor, Berkshire. Amber with a small white head. Raisin and malt aroma and a slightly sour malty taste. Mid bitter finish. Rather warm and past its best.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Christian (13067) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
Amber with a lasting white head. Aroma of grassy hops and fart-like sulphur. Thin and watery malt flavour

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 28, 2009
Cask. Clear deep amber colour, short head. Aroma of toastish malt and caramel, bit of dog. Thin watery mouthfeel. Mild flavour of toastish malt and caramel with some wet dog and litle fruitiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (35665) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
Cask at Charlieís Bar, Copenhagen. An amber beer with a thin bubbly beige head. The aroma has notes malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of elderflowers, caramel, and malt, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bobinlondon (1294) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2009
Handpulled cask at the Falcon, Clapham. Amber with a white head. Fruity and pleasently bitter for strength. Not what it was back in Henley days but a much better effort than Burtonwood made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sm89walt (1992) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2009
Cask - The Dog and Bear, Canterbury. Clear amber, soapy white head. Lightly hoppy nose as well as slight floral and caramel notes. Biscuity, bready malt flavours with a dry hoppy bitterness in the finish. Medium body, fair finish, soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2009
On tap. Pours a clear coppor colour with no carbonation and little head. It has a very bitter and dry smell to it, not the most alluring. Taste is also a bit different and not really to my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kassner (1569) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2009
On tap at Blackfriers in London. Finally a bitter with some decent bitter. Dark gold in color, Some fruity notes and of course little head or lacing. Bitterness lingers

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (2203) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2009
[Cask at The Royal Oak, Ruscombe, Twyford] Amber with small white head. Aroma and intial taste dominated by sulphur and minerals - like spring water at a Victorian spa resort. If health farms sold beer, this might be what it tasted like! After a while you think youíre used to the sulphur, and start to sink into the welcoming arms of the underlying light, relaxing maltiness, with a little wood and a well-balanced bitterness. But then every now and then (eg if you burp) that sulphurous tang comes back to haunt you. Itís quite reminiscent of some of the Marstons beers (eg Pedigree) and I think given a few more beers you could get used to it and rather enjoy this distinctive brew. But on the basis of having tried just one pint, I was quite happy to order a different beer in the subsequent round.

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