Brewed by Wychwood (Marston’s)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle: Filtered.
A deliciously robust, rich blend of hops and malt, including an English barley first used in 1905 called Plumage Archer. This traditional ale is lovingly brewed using barley from selected organic farms, including Duchy Home Farm at Highgrove.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (18465) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2013
Bottle from Waitrose Sunningdale shared at Jack and Leightons birthday pleasantries, 13/04/13. Hazed golden amber with a thin off white head. Nose is dark fruit, malt, sugars, light toffee. Taste comprises dark fruits, malts, toffee, brown sugar. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dryish finish with light bitterness. So so drinkable gubbins but nothing to return too!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jackl (7466) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle. Ta Coleen for the pour. The pour’s medium amber with a small head. The aroma’s marzipan, almond, red berry and caramel apples. The taste is more sweet autumnal fruits. Chewy caramel graham cracker body. Lightly oxidized. Hints of ye olde cardboard. Medium body, smooth. Overall, fine.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Acid303 (674) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - APR 15, 2013
50cl bottle, served in Irish Pint. Pours transparent amber with small white frothy head. Aroma is quite lager-like with a hint of spice...not much to say. Taste is mostly caramel with sugary bitterness. Some cereals and bready notes as well. Light body, average carbonation. Pretty simple and cloying, too sweet for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (13797) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2013
Bottle at Jack & Leighton’s birthday celebration, thanks to Colin. It pours clear amber with a medium white head. The nose is earth, brown bread, wood, leather and some dark fruit. The taste is earth, leather, wood, dark fruit, brown bread and light bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Nothing wrong with it, just a bit boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teorn88 (7612) - Rimini, ITALY - APR 13, 2013
50cl bottle shared by Colin at CBC Clerkenwell. It pours orange gold with light haze and a medium white head. Good spotty lace clings to the glass. Smell is malty, grainy, slightly dusty, almost wheaty. Flavour is light caramel up front. Grainy malt, some nutty notes, a bit of a metallic bite through the finish, lemony hops. Light bitter aftertaste, lots of grainy malt dryness. Medium carbonation, light bodied. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bendrixian (1514) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2013
Clear red brown colour. Aroma of grain, barley and has an earthy note as well. Light tasting beer with little weight, watery mid palate and a sort of bitter finish. Flavours of caramel, barley and roast. Meh. Im not likely to buy this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maklean (50) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
Slightly malty aroma. Stweet start, bitter finish with notes of caramel. Decent light flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hateball16 (105) - - APR 6, 2013
Pours medium copper, not as dark as I expected, less ruby than the name suggests. Aromas of caramel, bread and grassy floral hop notes. Moderate carbonation, quite creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied with dark toffee malt backbone and some restrained bitterness in the longish finish. Can’t compete with Fuller’s ESB but drinkable all the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luttonm (5551) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle in Sofia, Bulgaria. skunky pear, nice sweet, green fruitiness. honey dew, dark orange caramel. sweet fruity, clean ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (7631) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2013
Mild, subtle bitterness/maltiness, nice enough but a bit too bland for me. Wouldn’t recommend it.

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