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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
NosirIwont (2464) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2005
Cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg, DK. Copper/amber colour with an off-white head. Intense sweetish/fruity/hoppy aroma which reminded me of apples. For some reason, I really like that in a beer. Flavour is sweet and has the same apple character as in the aroma (but it works better in the aroma). Also has an alcohol character which I find clashes a bit. Could use some more bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2005
Cask conditioned @ The Crispin, Wokingham. Orange and sweet dark malts. A tasty full bodied beer with lasting and eminently drinkable finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SilkTork (5691) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2005
This is a gorgeous beer in the cask. There is an interesting sulpher and fresh yeast nose, which doesnt really prepare you for the delights to come. Full bodied with a strong taste of dark oranges, Pontefract Cakes (little flat liquorice sweets) and magnolias, the taste is satisfying, complex and very moreish. The finish starts off with steamed rhubarb, develops into cooked oranges then livens into a little marmalade tang. The finish seems to go on for ever becoming drier and hoppier, lingering like the memory of your first love. This is the dream of what all British bitters should taste like. A masterpiece.
Several more encounters with Old Bob have established this as a classic. Its popularity is increasing so that it is a frequent visitor to Wetherspoon pubs. The next stage will be that Greene King will buy out Ridleys in order to get their hands on the brand. [4.4]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2004
Cask at Butchers Arms, North End, Nr. Chelmsford. Dark golden with white head. This was full bodied but not too heavy balanced by the hops. This packs quite punch with the alcohol in evident. Can be too sweet but this time was in fine form.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2004
Cask, Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Dark amber coloured, with creamy off-white head. This beer had class written all over it as soon as I saw it. Sweet toffee aroma. Sweet malty, but well balanced flavour. Full bodied, with a desirable mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WhiteStar (37) - Swindon, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2004
Peterborough cask ale festival. Outstanding flavours. Smooth yet fascinating and rewarding. Lots of flavour. Distinctive. Nutty. Roasty. Toffee. Sweet, yet bitter. All of England is here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (8545) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2004
From cask. This brings something to british ale, more flavor, more depth. Amber colour, low head. Light flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6960) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2004
Draught at The Rover, Gothenburg, Sweden. Amber, flat and somewhat hazy. A yeasty citrus-aroma. Almost flat and a bit harsh with a fine bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 13, 2003
On Cask-Somewhere in London. Pours an amber color with a thin white head. Has the malty aroma I love in English ales. Slightly sweet with a light alcohol finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2003
Deep amber in colour. Fruity nose. Malty and fruity on the palate, with sweetish candied orange notes to the fore. Rich and full-bodied. Some balancing bitterness, but this only really comes through on the finish, which is lingering. Pretty good stuff, but I agree with a previous taster that the mouthfeel is a little syruppy for extended drinking. Handpump, The Speaker, London SW1, September 2003.

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