Brewed by Cotleigh
Style: Bitter
Taunton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask & Bottled; Regular.
Voted supreme champion of the Maltings Beer Festival immediately after its launch in 1994, this classic premium ale continues to win many accolades. Traditionally brewed with pale, crystal and chocolate malted barley and selected Herefordshire whole hops. A copper bronzed ale with hints of toffee and vanilla. The finish is malty and nutty with a gentle sweet finish. Finalist in the 2000 & 2005 Champion Beer of Britain Competition, 2001 Good Beer Guide "Beer of the Year" and Champion Beer 1994 Maltings Beer Festival.

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rondphoto (4487) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Medium amber, small long-lasting head, good lacing. Clean malt with light spices, big finish with the taste of what I suppose is cloves. Good session beer.

greenmanalishi (551) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2011
Bottle. Woodlands Garden Centre, Leicestershire. Pours a ruby brown. Very little/neutral aroma. Dry, woody, earthy flavours. Not as strong or deep as I was hoping from the description. Malts and toffees but disappointingly thin.

gururyan (727) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - APR 10, 2011
Sampled at a beer tasting, more comments to come as I organize my notes from the session.

davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bottle 500ml. Nice beer. Aromas of grass, and pine. Taste has a sweet start, with bitterness taking over. Palate is oily, and highly carbonated. Amber, with a frothy head.

Ibrew2or3 (8743) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
Hmm, half liter bottle pours rutty red amber with light tan head. The aroma emits almost nothing at all. Early on this beer’s aroma has no aroma. The taste however is pretty yummy with roasted malts, some earthiness, dark fruity esters as well as modest levels of spicy, earthy and floral hops. It has a nice smooth quaffable body. As it warmed I picked up just noticeable levels of dark fruity esters and malts.

otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Appearance: dirty browns, not as dark as expected, with some worn ruby highlights along bottom and edges. Bubbly khaki head fades into a meagerly thin blanket with minimal lace along the way. Swirls with lace.
Nose: a neutral breadiness with some neutral nondescripts spices. Possibly whole wheat and whole grains. Snappy in the back – red apples with more flesh than skin. Golden brown pie crust underneath. Woodiness along edges; essence of bark, twigs, fields of dead grass, moss.
Palate: dry and crispy-crunchy – apples. Very faint sweetness. Dry bark and twigs abound far more so than the nose implied, old moss and brush. Whole grain crackers turning stale. Apples and generic spice linger after each quaff. Plums.
Final Thoughts: the least impressive of the three Cotleigh beers I tasted in a row. Not bad in any overt way but neither is it good in any overt way.

alexsdad06 (10586) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a slightly hazy dark apple cider color with a small head. The nose is mildly sweet, herbal, somewhat fruity. The flavor has some herbal bitterness, fruits, grapefruit rind, the swetness from the nose disappears quickly. A bit thin. This is not necessarily bad, just not very exciting.

nuplastikk (6361) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2011
500ml bottle. Murky brown-burgundy with a soapy off-white/beige head. Smooth malty aroma, light caramel notes. Mellow carbonation. I can see how this could be an insipid beer to a Brit, but it’s rather refreshing to my current Midwest-influenced palate. Smooth malty tones, caramel, amber malt. Butterscotch, fishy. Not exactly World Class but I can dig it.

nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2011
The aroma is a tiny bit toasted but it’s mostly like watery malt with some grassy hops thrown in. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma and a bit acidic. The palate is thin. Overall this is not bad just very boring.

RuneStumo (2691) - Haugesund, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2010
10.08.2007. 0,5l Can. Golden colour with white head. Malty aroma. Nice Bitterness, a little short finish.

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