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Brewed by Robinsons
Style: Bitter
Stockport, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular.
Robinsons purchased Hartleys Brewery, Ulverston on the 26th July 1982, adding 56 public houses to the existing Robinsons estate. Hartleys Brewery can be traced back to the middle of the 18th Century with XB as a recipe first brewed by Hartleys head brewer Eric Simpson in 1949.
Although the brewing of the Hartleys brands was relocated to Robinsons Unicorn Brewery, XB is still to the original Hartleys recipe. The old Hartleys brewing equipment is still in use at the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham.
XB has become a traditional part of life in this beautiful part of the world. Cask conditioned to the time horned manner, it is famed for its rich body and is a smooth bitter ale with a subtle tang of malt.

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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Towey1989 (2002) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Cask at The Roebuck, Leek (Titanic) A clear amber colour with frothy white head. Aroma of toffee apple, fruit, some caramel, slight orange and subtle spicy hops. Taste of fruit, orange, toffee apple, some caramel and slight spicy, earthy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A sweetish, short, spicy hop bitterness in the finish. For me this is too sweet and thin. A bog standard bitter that could of been potentially better.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RichTheVillan (7052) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2016
Cask at the Benjamin Huntsman; clear golden yellow pour frothy white head, aroma has light fruit and some sweet malt, taste has caramel, woodiness, some fruit, pretty basic.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theydon_Bois (17600) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2016
Cask at the Benjamin Huntsman, 20/05/16. Clear golden copper with a decent off White head. Nose is bready malts, biscuit, light spice, caramel. Taste comprises toffee apple, straw, earthy, twiggy essence. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, semi drying close with a bitter edge. Whelming bitter ... looks and feels good but lacks at the business end.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (8012) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 21, 2016
Cask at the Benjamin Huntsman, Sheffiield. The aroma is yeasty, woody hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a light watery woody medicinal hop bitter palate. Light bodied with soft carbonation.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
gegwilson (3400) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2016
Cask in the New Inn in Bowness on Windermere. Amberwith a foamy cream head. No aroma. Light nutty malt and citrus taste. Uber bland and watery. A struggle to finish. Dreadful.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jamesie1857 (1964) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2015
On cask at Ship Inn, Coniston - Uninspiring bog standard bitter, clear amber, no head. Taste and nose of stale hops. Not pretty and a bit of a lowlight.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JanEric (1185) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2015
Cask at the Hole in tWall, in a sample fwith 3 other beers.Clear gold with a small white head. malty, beardy flavour and aroma, light to medium body, low carbonation and medium finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowenbrau (3297) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2014
Cask @George & Dragon, Beaumaris, Wales. 14-08-2014.
Pours some amber with little off white head. Good lacing.Fruity and malty aromas. Taste follows the nose, quite smooth, sweet aftertaste. Enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1972) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Golden bitter with the typical Robinsons flavour, a little too similar to other Robinsons brews

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (9677) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Cask at The Black Horse, Preston. pours clear gold, thick white head. Light malt aromas, some biscuit and generic fruit. Taste is light sweet, light bitter. Finishes a bit thin, but OK.


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