Brewed by Joseph Holt
Style: Bitter
Manchester, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
"Champion Ale"
Originally brewed as a special in 1999 under the name Celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the brewery. Retired 2003. Relaunched in 2005 as 1849. Won a Gold Award at the 2005 Brewing Industry Internal Awards, after which "Champion Ale" was added to the label.
"A dark, rich and hoppy ale, brewed using only the most traditional methods."

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fonefan (50669) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 16, 2009
Bottle 50cl.
Clear medium red amber color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, molasses, caramel, syrup, light hoppy, orange, light yeasty. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20090124]

Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 (Bottle from Morrisons, Diss) Poured dark ruby red with a small head. Smells of fresh hops with a malt backing it it up. Tastes malty with some bitter hops coming in around the middle of the mouthful. Has a hint of caramel and is quite sweet most of the way but dry’s at the finish. Ok but not very complex, bit boring really.

weaselkenievil (1609) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2008
Bottle from one of my local supermarkets. Dark amber/brown with light brown head. A little bland and average. Nothing to really make me go back to this again.

HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2008
Bottle 500ml. from Waitrose, Christchurch Dark amber with beige head. Not much to the aroma other than light malt. Slight berry flavour with caramel. Sweet rather than bitter finish. Pretty average beer.

Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle. Very rich aroma of syrup, honey. dark amber in colour. Sweet liquorice, malassis and caramel. Smooth and sweet, just a little dissipointing.

Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2008
Brown bottle colour ,no head, buttercotch aroma, fizzy, tastes like watered down coke.

wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2008
Bottle, LLH, Crosby. Poured a deep reddy brown. Carbonation was horrible and the slight metallic tang to the flavour did it no favours either. Bitter finish. A chore to drink and verging on drain pour material. How the hell did this win a gold medal? I’m yet to drink a decent Holt’s brew.....

bobinlondon (1297) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2008
Bottled. An amber coloured beer with off-white head. Very dry taste with hints of nuts. Well hoped. OK for a pasturised bottled bitter.

johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2008
Some rich malt on the nose, largely undistinguished. Pours a deep amber with a persistant, fluffy head. Flavour follows the nose in being undistinguished in any way. Another of these ’nothing wrong with it but nothing to set it apart’ beers that are so common in supermarkets.

MightyMouth (5) - ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2008 does not count
Amber with a tight off white head which lasts quite well and clears from sides of glass. Malty Aroma with no trace of hops that I could detect. Flavour is quite bland with a mild biscuity taste and a very slight bitter finish. Not unpleasant but not memorable

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