Brewed by Thwaites
Style: English Strong Ale
Blackburn, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle: Filtered. Cleared by isinglass
Also known as Co-op Strong Ale / Strong Brown Ale.
Ingredients: Water, Malted Barley, Sugar, Ammonia caramel, Hops, Carbon dioxide.
An easy drinking, full bodied ale brewed by Daniel Thwaite of Blackburn. The bittersweet flavours and hoppy finish make it an ideal combination with game and strong cheeses. Serve lightly chilled.

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duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2005
Bottle. First impression of the aroma suggested this might be something along the lines of Newcastle Brown Ale, well it was, but the flavour had a little dpeth too it. Sweetish, with some caramel and raisin, finishes off-dry and slightly toasty.

kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2005
Co-op strong brown ale: Brown with a beige lasting head. Mild caramel aroma. Sweet cara/choc flavours with a mild dry finish. Medium-full bodied smooth. Not bad.

TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2004
Co-op strong ale. Poured to a brown/dark amber. Medium carbonation. Some caramel in aroma, fairly soft and quite smooth but a touch watery.

JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2004
Bottle. Very dark brown coloured, with large but rapidly diminishing beige head. Aroma is malty, maybe some hops. Flavour is sweet, malty with some bitterness. There’s something a bit disjointed about the flavours. Medium body, mouthfeel a bit watery at the end, moderately carbonated. OK.

BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2004
Co-op strong ale version. 500ml clear bottle. Poured an almost opaque dark ruby with foamy brown sugar head which instantly disappeared which left the beer completely flat. Malt rich fruit aroma. Full flavoured roasted malt, caramel, toffe, initially sweet with hop bitterness following through. Full mouthfeel with slightly dry finish. Reminded me of Fullers Golden Pride.

rauchbier (3927) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2004
Bottled. Deep ruby red, almost black, thin but lasting off white head and moderate condition. Initial caramel aroma with a woody fruitiness and hints of hop lurking. Caramel and toffee notes dominate in the mouth with some low roasted barley and a buttery hop flavour. Finish is sweet and caramel heavy but with some underlying hop and roasted bitterness to provide an illusion of balance.

DanielBrown (4528) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Co-op. Blackcurrant/brown colouring, with a small yellow head. Some choc in the aroma. Slightly licorice and very malty flavour. Does have some strength, and a hint of metal in the finish - which levels slightly. Rather sweet and heavy, but pleasant enough.

SilkTork (5806) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 April, 2004 Co-op Strong Ale Probably the same beer as the Lancashire Brown Ale. I have sent an e-mail asking for confirmation. Confirmed.
Autumn coloured. Malt accented with a hint of balsamic vinegar and chocolate and a nuttiness that edges into tannic. Not great, but considering it’s from Thwaites and considering what they’ve done to it, it’s surprisingly drinkable. [2.8]
Feb, 2009Strong Brown Ale A malty sweet dark coloured ale with a rub of bittering hops in the finish. Reasonably drinkable. [3.0]

nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2003
Roasted, toasted malt nose. Dark brown hue with a light brown head. Sweet roasted malt taste, with chocolatey tones. One of the best thwaites beers I've had.
Earlier Rating: 8/26/2003 Total Score: 2.5
Malty aroma. Dark hue with a decent light brown head. Malty, nutty taste with a bitter finish. Watery and bland like all Thwaites beers. Their best effort I have had though.

imdownthepub (15137) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2003
Bottled, Pasteurised. Dark Brown beer with short lasting head. Sweet sickly flat beer, the taste and consistency of flat coca cola. Pants.
Earlier Rating: 8/30/2003 Total Score: 2.8
Bottled, Pasteurised. Black beer with thin malty head. Sweet nutty malt brown ale with a little fruit. Chocolate roasted malt.

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