Brewed by Mordue
Style: Bitter
North Shields, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
A tasty, complex beer with malt and hops throughout and a long, satisfying bitter finish. Well worthy of the title ’Champion Beer of Britain’ award 1997.

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saxo (19569) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle @ Fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sweet malt, caramel, notes of smoke, fruits and hops. Slightly watery palate.

superflyguy (439) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2012
"malt forward" anyone? a cracking pint. lovely deep malt aroma and a flavour that digs deep into the taste buds. loads of those yummy caramel, toffee and gentle roasted malt flavours. balanced bitter finish. Why aye man!

stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - MAR 25, 2012
Cask @ Joiners Arms, Morpeth 220312
Caramel brown...clear..dense creamy white head..good lacing
Aroma - light caramel malt.hint of spicy hops..light yeast....dull aroma
Taste - caramel malts...light earthy spicy hops...light hedgerow fruit...bit of roasted malt..background of bitter hops...yeast
Palate - soft carb...medium body..smooth. Finish as main flavour..lingering light bitter hop...bit metallic finish
Overall - Ordinary bitter - not that impressed

tombyars (1790) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in August 2005. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear mahogany in colour with a thin white head. Slight note of toffee apple in the short aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a moist maltloaf base with a touch of molasses. Lacking in body and complexity though. Strong metallic tang to the aftertaste with hop resins adding a earthy, tealeaf note. Finish is quite dry with a hop bite still evident on the palate. A reasonable session ESB but there better examples out there - but maybe not in 1997?

armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 6, 2012
0,5 l bottle as a gift.
Clear brown ale with a creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel and fruity character of hops, nice yeast. Médium bodied, oily slip, fine fruity hops with rosehip and herbs. Nice one with a good bitter aftertaste.

RichardGretton (4861) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle. Brown beer with a strongish head. The aroma is well roasted, and the flavour is deeply roasted with a caramel bitterness. Overall a very drinkable bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2011
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a dark red colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasty malt, caramel and coffee. Similar flavours with ovaltine also. Mild carbonation and a dry finish.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Amber / brown pour with a hoppy malty aroma. A carmale malt and hoppy taste with a bready finish. It was ok.

Yeastyboys (3) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2011 does not count
What a complex beer, malty, earthy,chocolate notes, so well balanced by the bitterness, a classic, such a change from pale over the top vindaloo beers that are in fashion at the moment.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2011
[email protected] Clear amber colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma and flavour are both crisp crystal malty notes as well as caramel and mild chocolate maltyness. Also rather grassy and floral hopping and slight dried fruityness.

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