Holdens Bottom Knocker

Brewed by Holdens
Dudley, England
4.7% Golden Ale/Blond Ale | 3 Ratings | Special Release |
Cask; Occasional. Originally a May 2006 special.
Wye Northdown hops and Optic Malt give this clean and feisty golden caramel beer a distinctive fruity bouquet; substantially malty in it’s body resulting in a delicious hoppy tang. Destined not to be the butt of any joke!
Imagine yourself at one of the regions pottery factories in years gone by. The craftsmen have plied their trade, carefully hand turning pots on a potter’s wheel, and now the wet clay needs to be placed into a traditional bottle kiln and fired for days at an incredibly high temperature.
Loading the kiln was itself a skilled task - placing as many items as possible into the kiln and avoiding breakages. To help them with this unenviable task items were placed into containers called saggers both to aid carriage and make stacking easier. Not surprisingly, the base of a sagger was pummelled from clay - the only inexpensive material capable of tolerating such high temperatures - and it was the responsibility of the sagger maker’s assistant to complete this menial task, perpetually pounding the clay, and his official job title? A sagger maker’s bottom knocker!

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
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Bitter
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Sour
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Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

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Texture
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Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
astringent bitter abrupt long

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