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Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Middleton, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Cask: Special - Winter 2004/5.
A special seasonal ale to finish the year off with a bang and put you in good spirits for Christmas. Brewed with a combination of malts to produce a nutty flavour and some Bramling Cross hops for fruitiness and just a hint of blackcurrant. Here’s to 2005

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Golden Pheasant, Plumley 10/11/2004 Amber coloured fruity and hoppy. Slightly dry lasting full malt finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2005
Nor sure whether this is a one-off for Christmas 2004/New Year 2005 or will appear on an annual basis. It’s an attractive gingery copper colour. The aroma has toffee and caramel, with a hint of butterscotch and some slightly underdeveloped malt. There’s a reasonable balance of malt and hops on the palate, but no great depth of flavour. A faint citric edge comes through towards the end but the finish is mainly soft and mellow. Marginally thin mouthfeel. Pleasant and easy drinking, but nothing special. Bright bottled from cask (gravity) at Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival 2005.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
On draught form the cask in The Alex, Derby. No Sparkler. Md Brown Colour Biscuity flavour but a bit bland despite strength & colour


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