Thwaites Big Ben (Pasteurized) (2013 - )

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Brewed by Thwaites (Marstons)
Style: Brown Ale
Blackburn, England

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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Strong hop aroma on a sweet brown ale with a long bitter-sweet finish. Hops: Fuggles, Goldings, Challenger, Citra, Chinook, Summit. Yeast: Thwaites Ale Yeast. Malts: Pale Ale & Crystal.

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (19497) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2016
Bottle at Craft Beer Rising 2014 - London. Pours clear amber-brown with a creamy, off-white head. Quite basic overall. Some sugary brown bread character, light ripe fruits, subtle earthy hops. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Decent balance in the finish, with lightly toasted and spicy pine, more sweet bready malts. OK stuff on the whole.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corkyrory66 (1615) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2016
Brown ale de 5,8 abv et 27 ebu, qui a eu un prix en chocolat au WBA: "worlds best gold" ... il y en a qui ne stouffent pas trs vite!!! 2 malts et 6 houblons, comme dans le descriptif sur ratebeer. Mon exemplaire tait 2 mois avant sa date. Couleur roux auburn, la clart nette (et dailleurs non referment ). Bulles fines, en colonnes droites, nombreuses et vives. Mousse beige dans un nappage soyeux 2 mm. Armes de caramel, figue, bogue de noix, prune mre, cassonade. 1re bouche trs souple lentame malt, corce de chne et gazon tondu. Arrire-bouche avec une amertume cre en gorge. 2me bouche agrable, mais trs simple, aucune complexit. Arrire-bouche qui sefface trs vite. 3me agrable toujours, un rien plus malte. Arrire-bouche qui nous oriente vers lcurant Longueur qui ne peut redresser la tendance de la 3me bouche, on senfonce dans un sirop drable Heureusement, javais chauss mes bottes Jambes fines et longues. Levure indiscernable, sans doute ronde. Alcool qui ne participe pas au jeu, il laisse faire les saveurs comme bon leur semble!! Finale tout fait linaire. CONCLUSION: en-dehors dune belle texture, et de quelques nuances trs agrables, caramlises bien sr, on ne trouve rien dexceptionnel dans cette bire. La mdaille du WBA tait en chocolat (brown)... "Big Ben" Londres, "Big Bof" Blackburn ...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gehbe (305) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - JUL 6, 2016
Medium dark tan head, nice brown and clear liquid. Nose of caramel, citrusy/fruity/spicy hops, various malts. Nicely balanced bittersweet taste with hints of roastiness. Medium body and carbonation, well rounded palate. I love the layered aroma and subtle balance of of this brown ale, very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25699) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2016
Bottled (from some shop in Tallinn). Ambery brown colour with a mediumsized foamy head. Aroma is caramel, some sweet nuts, quite rich on the hoppy side as well. Flavour is floral, some wooden notes, mild nutty and caramelly notes with a mellow bitterness. Nicely hopped brown ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (5700) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - APR 25, 2016
Bottle 33cl, an amber beer with medium head. Nose is on hop resin and honey. Aroma is on caramel, grassy and honey bitterness, orange, lot of resin, background is near to bitter, pleasant and easy drinckable, lot of fruits, berries and peach at the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (2576) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2016
Bottle at Artisan Tap, Bedford. Chestnut brown and very translucent. Looks very thin. Hazelnut, browned toast, mocha, dash of root beer. Sweet taste with bitter edges leading to a satisfyingly bitter finish. Thin palate but the full-on carbonation feels pleasant. I like this quite a lot.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (7206) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle at the JDW Figure of Eight; clear copper pour with a creamy light tan head, aroma has sweet malts and some pine, taste has some nutty action, sweet caramel, some bitter hop.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2203) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle, gift from Mum & Dad- cheers! Brown with a thin beige head. Rather too fizzy. Chocolate and lemon at first, then praline and berries follow. A hint of alcohol and metal. Definite blackcurrant and a little wood in the finish. Lightly dry and a little sticky with just a smidgen of bitterness. Quite liked this.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kavu (4380) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2016
0,33l bottle from Silja Symphony, shared with wiosna. Pours clear deep amber with a medium head. Aroma is slightly nutty malts and caramel. Flavor is slightly nutty roasted malts with some hops. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Towey1989 (2097) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Bottle at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) Pours a ruby brown colour with a frothy off white head. Aroma of caramel, some red berries, slight bready malt, a little brown sugar and subtle spicy hops. Taste of caramel, red berries, some raisin, slight plum, subtle nuttiness and maybe golden syrup/Brown sugar. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A sweetish, caramel, spiciness in the finish. A lovely malty, British styled, brown ale, very caramelly and fruity. The spiciness of this malty beer brings out all the other flavours. Probably the best of all Thwaites beers.


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