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


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Cask; Regular when brewed at Ridleys. Relegated to seasonal/occasional availability since the Greene King takeover. Previously 5.1%.
A superior blend of malt and hops characterises this full-bodied, smooth and warming premium ale. Savour the rich, spicy, bittersweet flavour.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Vat & Fiddle, Nottingham 17/07/2004 Amber coloured and strong in alcohol with some fruit aroma. Warming slightly bitter caramel malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (14039) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2005
Cask conditioned at The Woolpack, Banbury. Dark reddish brown with malty head. Thick on palate, dark roasted fruity beer, didnt taste like old ale though, more a fruity sweet malty beer. Warming alcohol kick, very moorish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 Not bad, a little creamy as well. Good colour and shape. Good head, a little strong, but not bitter sweet as other strong ales. Not tiring and good flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (13285) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2005
Red amber beer with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of malt and berries. Sweet flavour with lots of berries, but balanced by plenty of hops and a lasting bitterness. Very smooth and rich.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Scarborough (17) - ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2005
A wonderful beer that flies in the face of brewers contention that drinkers only want a 4.4% amber bitter. This was developed as a special one off bottled beer in honour of Ridleys head brewer, but proved so popular that it became a bottled regular, then an occasional cask version was released. It is now a cask regular and is becoming available in a wider and wider range of pubs. Its a dark malty brew redolent with sweet ripe fruit and dripping with brown syrup. It takes the mouth a moment to adjust to the high percentage of crystal malt, but when it does the drinker is seduced. The beer never has a chance to become too sweet or cloying because the dark spicy hops are always present, providing a sublime and intoxicating balance and a long, dreamingly earthy finish. The style is not quite an Old Ale but is more of a Dark Premium Bitter, like a cross between Old Peculier and Fullers ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2005
Cask: Mahogny coloured. Quite malty body. Slightly burnt, bitter finish. Some hints of fruit in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwik-lime (1822) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2005
Strong flavoured malty ale, fairly swet with hints of fruit, spices and alcohol. Good beer although not great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2005
Cask @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Mahogany with speckled head. Initially some pears in the aroma and taste. Quite sweet. Some roasted character. Sultana aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigltur (5105) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2005
Cask conditioned. Deep amber coloured. Very fruity and malty aroma. Fruity and malty flavour with a hoppy bitterness in the finish. Complex and full flavoured.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (20063) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
Cask Conditioned
Clean amber to dark-amber color. The aroma is quite simple, but the flavor is really interesting: malty,smoth, some sweetness, some caramel and a really pleasant hop touch. A great pleasure.

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