Brewed by Marston's
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed with the finest quality floor malted English Maris Otter barley, Fuggle and Goldings hops. This golden beer has a rich oak feel, and a subtle note of juicy cherries as well as a velvety smooth vanilla finish.

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SecretSquirrel's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SecretSquirrel (20) - Sheffield, - JUL 10, 2003
I really didn't think I'd like this. Thing is, I really don't like Vanilla, especially the smell. Which is why I rate the aroma less than it really deserves. But, try anything once, is my motto when it comes to beer so I gave it a try. Firestoker is quite an apt name, as it certainly is a warming beer. The vanilla is strong enough to stand out, without being offensive, perhaps set off by the slight cherry hint. The only criticism I have of this (bottled) brew is the gassiness - a little too gassy. Still it's a remarkablr beer and firmly on my favourites list

HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - APR 1, 2017
September 24, 2015 - at Craft (Covent Garden) - 500ml clear bottle from Waitrose - hotel room rate. As Waitrose Sunset Amber Ale. Bubbly clear light amber with a small off-white head. Nutty, sweet, twiggy, meh aroma ... taste follows, less sweet and twiggy, some bittereness of a sort - boring amber though. Airy, light body, finishes quick and clean - not bad. Or good.

zacgillbanks (5656) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2016
"Waitrose Sunset Amber Ale" bottle from Waitrose, Hexham. Bright amber coloured with no head. It has a toffee and marzipan flavour with vanilla and red fruity notes followed by a smooth burnt toffee finish. Not bad.

Mr_Pink_152 (5760) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2015
Bottle from Waitrose, as sunset. Amber colour with a tan head. Fruity and light caramel aroma and taste. Medium body.

olliejobbins (1577) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
500ml bottle from waitrose as waitrose amber ale. aroma is bitter hops, weak mals and fruits. taste is really nice smooth hops, hay and fruit. really nice.

BlackHaddock (7957) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2012
Clear 500ml bottle, best before Feb 09, drank in Aug 08. The label claims it is a ’Pale Ale’. Poured into a straight pint sleeve glass. Light amber in colour, with a good foam blanket of white bubbles sat on top. Slight haze, but not cloudly. Aroma of candy-floss, but not sickly, just sweet. There is some vanilla in there, but not sure I’d have picked that up without the label leading me to it! The taste is sweet as well, but a bitterness fights back as you sip the beer and it becomes harsher as the beer warms in the mouth and throat. There is a good hop presence too. The beer has a drying effect on your mouth, and it made me burp a bit, so plenty of carbonisation I suppose. Can’t call it refreshing, but it is a decent beer and one with a different feel and taste to it compared with most other British Brews.

ralphdot (1095) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2012
5.0% gold colour with a good head, malt and vanilla aroma, vanilla and hop taste, nice beer.

madmitch76 (26413) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
23rd May 2008. Very smooth ale - has an almost silky feel. The slight hoppyness is nicely offset by the distinct vanilla streak. Dry finish with a touch of hop bitterness.

larsga (7676) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2009
Biggish offwhite lasting head. Coppery body with light carbonation. Sugary perfumy vanilla fudge aroma, vaguely artificial, with spicy notes. Dry caramel and intense artificial vanilla taste with roasty metallic notes. Unfresh, artificial palate. Mid-bodied. Buttery mouthfeel. Dry metallic roasty wooden aftertaste. Interesting but flawed because unbalanced and artificial. (0.5l bottle, Tesco, London.)

serkoptato (32) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 5, 2009
Borostyánszínű, enyhén opálos, tölgyfahordóban érlelt, 5% alkoholtartalmú ale a Burton upon Trent-i Marston’s Brewery-ből. Ízében először mintha egy kis vadmeggy is feltűnne, majd egy igen határozott, de lágy, bársonyos vaníliás-szegfűszeges íz kerül előtérbe. Végezetül igen határozott keserűséggel búcsúzik. És mindez egy kortyon belül! A sörészet egyik (kisebb) csodája.

joe19612 (3131) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a pale golden colour with thick white head. The Aroma is all vanilla, the taste is bitter with a very heavy taste of vanilla. The finish is bitter with a lot of citrus.

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