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


on tap


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 2.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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 Hartley’s brands was relocated to Robinsons Unicorn Brewery, XB is still to the original Hartley’s recipe. The old Hartley’s 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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xbman (1) - Hexham, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017 does not count
They are thinking of doing away with this beer I have been drinking XB For over 16 years I would be devastated if the stop makeing this beer

AshtonMcCobb (6916) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2017
On cask at the Red Dragon, Kirkby Lonsdale. Appearance - golden with a decent head. Nose - citrus fruits though quite sweet. Taste - more of the same. Palate - close to medium bodied with a tangy texture and a fairly good finish. Overall - could be more bitter.

Towey1989 (3268) - 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.

RichTheVillan (8248) - Birmingham, 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.

Theydon_Bois (20628) - 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.

jmgreenuk (9988) - 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.

gegwilson (3800) - 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.

jamesie1857 (1980) - 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.

JanEric (1246) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2015
Cask at the Hole in t’Wall, 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.

Lowenbrau (4728) - Asturias, 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.

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