Brewed by Hogs Back
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Tongham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Seasonal - November to February.
A stong (but not too strong) ruby coloured ale. This warming ale is ideal for those long winter evenings.
previously available bottle conditioned

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tombyars (1809) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 12, 2012
First tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 1993. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear copper red in colour with a thin off white head. Hint of toffee in the short aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a rich digestive tea biscuit base with sweet caramel flavours. Slight prickle of dusty hops in the short aftertaste. The finish is malty with syrupy raisin fruit present. An ideal ESB and worth seeking out.

will1 (141) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2011
Tried this bottled and cool but not chilled. Dark copper colour with a small but long lasting head an lacing. Strong aromas of marzipan, vanilla and alcohol. Fruity with a hint of cherry. In taste this is bitter but not strongly so-main flavours are in the malt and alcohol. A good strong ale.

Leighton (23092) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2011
Gravity cask at the Bree Louise. Pours clear amber with a light film head. Berries and malt in the nose. Nice flavor, well balanced. Some grape and berry sweetness, mild toast and faint, herbal bitters. A bit of jam. Light to medium in body with soft carbonation. Sweet, fruity malt finish with very delicate hops. I think this is great.

harrisoni (19704) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2009
Cask handpull at Shakespeare Head, JDW, London. Chestnut colour, thin beige head. OK. Strong bitter, bit of nuttiness. Bit of syrup malt. Some hop presence on finish.

evergreen0199 (3636) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2009
Cask at Baker Street, W’Spoons, London. Ruby coloured pour with slight head. Fruity, malty, antique aroma. Malty, fruity, old fashioned taste that reminds me of an antique shop. Quite pleasant warming winter ale.

berkshirejohn (6813) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2009
[Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading.] Chestnut with a thin cream head; malty aroma with a hint of coffee; caramel and nutty malt flavours; and a dry, slightly sticky, caramel finish. Rather basic and boring.

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2009
A Mes rate. Cask at the Shakespeares Head. Darkish golden brown with a reasonable light beige head. Rich and warming with lots of spicy malt and caramel. Decent fruity notes and a delicate smoky hint in the finish. Nice barley type notes throughout. Not bad but a slight lick of diacetyl remains throughout and holds it back from being really enjoyable.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 10/16/1998
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewfest, Real Ale Festival

mild malt aroma and flavor, typical boring english ale tasted by an over-hopped american

Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 2/10; Flavor: 2/10; Palate: 2/10; Overall: 5/20
Rating: 1.3/5.0
Score: 4
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fonefan (53034) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2007
Cask (handpump) @ The Mitre, W2 London. Amber / red color with a small white head. Aroma is malty, frutty (rips ?). Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration and some notes of bittersnes in the finish.

RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2004
Draught. Dark red with a small foamy white head. A nice warming winter beer, not a classic, but a decent session drink. Some fruitiness, and a large malt flavour. Some hops in a bitter finish.

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