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Brewed by Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles.
"This succulent premium ale has a wonderful blend of hops that give spicy and citrus fruit flavours leading into a dried fruit and biscuit malt finish. Twice a gold medal winner at the British Bottlers’ Institute Awards. Rich and malty as well as fruity and spicy. Nutty amber malt and biscuit pale malt together with crystal malt giving toffee/caramel notes. Fuggles and Styrian hops brings masses of tropical fruit and fragrant spiciness. Robust bitterness is balanced with the full body and mouth feel provided by the malt and the satisfyingly complex hoppiness."
A Ridley’s beer, brewed at Greene King since late 2005.

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2.4
blankboy (7788) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle shared with the gang at Decemberfest 2006 -- courtesy of Jon. Pours a clear bubbly amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of UK hops, grain and sweet malt is unfortunately skunky -- damn clear bottles. Flavour of caramel malt and UK hops is also slightly off. Medium bodied. Probably a decent beer in here but if it keeps being imported in clear bottles I’ll never know.

2.3
HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle (500ml - clear). at Decemberfest 2006. Poured clear amber with a very small bit of head. Pretty nasty aroma of funk/skunk, sour papery cheap caramel malt, wet grain. Tate - sour; slightly skunky, with stale grassy hops and some brown sugar malt in the aftertaste. Dull body, sticky and moderately carbonated mouthfeel ... this might be a decent beer in a BROWN BOTTLE.

2.6
Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 14, 2006
Bottle.
Bright amber, sparkly, bright white porous top.
Aroma: medium pale malts, grainy character, light hints of alcohol.
Medium bodied, light bitter touch with malty base. Clean ale, a bit simple. Slightly thin hoppy finish.

2.4
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2006
500ml Bottle @ Decemberfest 2006: When will breweries retire clear bottles once and for all? What purpose do they serve? Here we have a beer that, by the ratings that precede mine, I can assume is quite good. Unfortunately travel to Canada via clear bottle is not conducive to high ratings. Poured copper, very little head. Aroma is tons of skunk, and if you strain, some basic hops and malts. The flavour is very bitter and hoppy, with hints of caramel malt behind. I can tell it would be great if allowed to be.

3.3
berkshirejohn (6612) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Bottle: reddish amber with an off-white head; malty aroma and taste; very full in the mouth with some fruitiness and with a touch of pepper on the finish. A well-constructed old ale.

3.4
Fin (10823) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle picked up at Morrison’s, Bridport, Dorset. For a filtered, pasturised beer this really was very good. Poured reddy brown colour, aroma was predominantly malty and sweet, taste was also malty again bit sweet but very flavoursome with nuts and fruits also swishing around as I said very good GK beer.

3.3
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2006
I bought a bottle of this stuff from my local Morrison’s. I was expecting it to be average as the bottle looked rubbish; well, I was presently surprised! It was a gorgeous ruby brown in colour, and had a distinctive sweet, but chiefly malty taste. It reminded me a bit of Speckled Hen. Nice. Good Old Bob!!!

3.4
imdownthepub (15132) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2006
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml, Aged 2 yrs. Ruby colour with white head with a very slight pink tinge. This bottle was brewed at the old Ridleys Brewery, so hopefully in the near future I can compare it to a GK version. This is soft and smooth silky with a warm alcohol note. The malt dominates with a sweet, sherry like fruity flavour. The finish is short. In all an accomplished beer without hitting great heights.

3.6
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2006
Ruby brown with a fully diminishing white head. Very good sweet and malty aroma. Flavour is also malty with slight notes of honey. Hops make their presence felt in the finish. Low carbonation gives a nice texture. It is a shame these will be the last bottles.

3.4
bhensonb (15617) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Deep amber color. Vanishing head. Lightly spicy, malty aroma. Seems a unique aroma. Not at all thin; a malty sweetness that is not cloying. The hops are present, but the malt persists to the finish. It’s really nice. Sad if the GK mob really have killed it. However, they are putting out a lot of ales, including Ruddles County, so let’s not go too hard on them. Apparently Old Bob cask is still produced.


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