Carlsberg UK
Brewed at J.W. Lees

Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Northampton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Regular.
CAMRA Supreme Champion 1990.
Originally brewed by Allsopps in 1821 as a rival to Hodgsons Ale being sold in India. Eventually came under the ownership of Carlberg-Tetley who had it by Marstons before brewing it in Leeds for a while. Currently contracted out to J W Lees.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scotty (1167) - SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2014
Is this still brewed?? I used to drink this when I lived in Edinburgh, many years ago! It seemed to be available in most of the pubs I frequented, I was particularly fond of Bannermans in the Cowgate. Ive rated it as average all round as I cant rightly remember the details of its character ( it was 30 odd yrs ago!) but it was usually a bloody good pint!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blueden (31) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Although I have not drank this beer for several years it is a taste I will never forget. One of my all time favourite beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown (5110) - NORTHERN IRELAND - APR 27, 2012
Cask at bretwood, aberdeen.Earthy fuggles nose without the metallic note, creamy texture herbal to taste at first, think weak tea with robust shortbread malt following after with a good dash of bitterness. Touch of nettles. Like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1640) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2012
First tasted this in the Wee Howf, Paisley in December 1980. Cask, handpump dispense. Danny always kept this in good nick and won an award for this back in the day. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale copper in colour with a thick creamy white head. Warm yeasty dough in the robust malty aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt gives a powerful, fiery digestive biscuit base with some ginger nuts mixed in. Strong tart marmalade flavours also present in the mouth. Dry black pepper flavours present in the spicy hop resins give a fiery aftertaste. Finish is robust and malty with dry leather and oak cask wood notes strong in the palate. An excellent session ESB and a pub with happy memories.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DruncanVeasey (8059) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2011
The Baron (JDW). Slightly pondwatery amber with a tight drum of head draping the glass. Hints of spice in the aroma- toasted seeds, curry leaf, maybe. Drab but inoffensive flavour with a faintly peppered Weetabix sogginess, a weak, unidentified jellied fruit hint. Some chalk and caramel. Its immensely tedious but drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (22391) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2011
cask at cambridge ....amber ... thin lacing ... soft mellon fruit ... light smoke light sour tart fruits ... big lemon ... ok but not sure at best

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (16090) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2010
@JDW Playfair, Edinburgh. Spicy and caramelly nose, though it is fairly light. Slightly toasty, slightly tart but generally a fairly standard bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Cask @ Playfair. Amber and clear, served WITHOUT a sparkler and giving a nice natural cask head. Yay! Fresh malty, worty aroma that also has a little fruity perfume, which is strange. Quaffable and easy. Mostly malty. Has fruity, juicy flavors finishing with bread and granola.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2010
On tap at the Kings Head, Monmouth. Clear copper colour. Thin white head, slightly aromatic aroma. Hop fruity flavour. Nice bitterness. Pleasant malt finish. Very enjoyable session beer. Good quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17572) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
Cask handpull at The County Hotel, JDW, Ashford. Well havent had this in a long time, but as soon as I got a whiff of that distinctive yeasty aroma, I was back 10 years on my first steps on the beer ladder. Enjoybable bitter.

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