Greene King Abbot Reserve (Bottle)

Brewed by Greene King
Style: English Strong Ale
Bury St. Edmunds, England


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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle: Filtered
Malt: Pale, Crystal & Amber
Hops: Challenger, First Gold & Fuggles
Distinctive full bodied, smooth and mature beer, bursting with fruit cake and toffee flavours. Very full bodied, rich & sweet with a higher bitterness to provide balance. Bursting with malty, biscuit and fruit cake character from the mixture of pale, amber and crystal malts. Masses of tropical fruits and floral fragrance from the hops in particular the Fuggles. Very complex, rich and warming.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
samjdix (35) - - NOV 16, 2016
A good strong beer. Sweet nose and syruppy taste but drinkable. Nice palate in particular. Could be dangerous!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1MrCabbage (30) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2016
10/10/16 bottle at home. Not certain what happened to the aroma as there was none. But this is still a good strong ale. Well balanced, old fashioned hops and dominant but gentle malt. Nice bitter bite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (2151) - Gdańsk, POLAND - SEP 13, 2016
50cl bottle. Copper/clear brown with small head. The aromas are not intensive and the beer needs to be served warmer and in a more appropriate for aroma preserving glassware. Mostly toast, grains, delicate dried fruits, watered honey and some little vanilla muffin. Mouth feel is watery but on the creamy side. Flavor is juicy malts with notes of roasted toast and muffin bottom. Some flowery honey and dreid fruits make the nose quite satisfied while sipping on it. The finish is medium bitterness that it quite typical for a roasted bitter with noble hops. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4224) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle from Sainsburys. Rich golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet malts and fruit. Taste has caramel sweetness, big and rough alcohol finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
goozen (3905) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle 0,5ltr: Clear amber colored brew with an dry bitter taste with very subtle hints of some sweet caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tognetta (803) - So Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 19, 2016
mbar translcido, espuma bege de boa formao e mdia persistncia. No aroma caramelo, terroso, lpulo ingls, amendoado. Paladar de leve/mdio dulor, leve amargor. Corpo e carbonatao mdios. Final mantm o maltado caramelado, amndoas, amendoins, lpulo terroso. Gostei.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (9810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2016
500ml bottle from Morrisons. Pours clear amber with a short-lived thin white head. Aromas of iron, metal, rust, brown sugar. Taste is metallic, chalky, sweet. Thin body. Astringent finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nybol (1666) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2016
En lille aroma af karamel, honing og humle. Smagen er til gengld god af karamel, malt og en del sdme, med afslutning af citrus og tr grs

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildfruity (7) - Aylesbury, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2016 does not count
Excellent ale. One of my favourites. Great balance. Consistently brewed. Always welcome in my birthday box!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5610) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2015
500ml clear glass bottle, filtered, from Tesco. Ive had this unfiltered from the cask a few times and really liked it. In the bottle there are problems. The clear glass allows the hops to become light struck, so theres an initial stewed aroma. The filtering has reduced character and flavour. And the forced carbonation creates the wrong mouthfeel. The beer beneath all this bad treatment is solid though. Good malt nicely balanced with fully integrated hops. It doesnt feel 6.5%, and Im wondering how much that extra abv has impacted on the regular Abbot, a bottled or canned drink I can enjoy as an everyday drink. This is OK, but the flaws hold it back.

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