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Brewed by Banksís (Marstonís)
Style: Bitter
Wolverhampton, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
Originally brewed by Thwaites, the brand was contract brewed at Marstonís Wolverhampton plant (Banksís) from 2013, then bought completely by Marston in March 2015. The brand initially continued to be sold under the Thwaites name and logo, but by 2016 the Thwaites name had been dropped.
"This rich amber beer is brewed with only the finest English ingredients. A prominent hop aroma and bitterness throughout is finely balanced with a full malt flavour, leading to a dry bitter finish."

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (17081) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2009
Bottled (BB 04/2010)
Deep copper-amber color, small off-white head. Fruity peach aroma with sweet maltyness. Flavor is nutty-caramelly malty, some licorice like in Fullers ESB, but this has more hard candy and bitterness. Also a bit too little alcoholic for being robust ESB. Could be a bit more lively too.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OzarkElmo (319) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2009
From 16.9 oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber, brown color with thin head. Little lacing. Caramel, biscuit malt aroma with thin body. Enjoyable beer and not bitter to me. Not a bad beer, just not anything that I was excited about.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (7229) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 10, 2009
50cl bottle, local store. thin head, disapperas quickly. sweet caramel aroma, flavour is caramel and malty, bitter finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
diabel (1693) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle Clear amber body with an off-white head. Soapy aroma with some hops. Lightly sweet flavour, very soft. Not that interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (6297) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Copperish brown, thin white head. smells like oatmeal cookies, in beer form.. Flavor has some caramel and oatmeal, maybe some whole wheat bread. Not bad session ale, I suppose.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (3371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle from the LCBO. Nice chestnut-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma lacks the "prominent hop" character promised on the label - yeah, there are some pleasant hop notes, perhaps more than the average ESB, but itís still primarily malty and a bit earthy. Medium bodied. Flavour is very pleasant and well balanced, with some caramel malt, a very faint woodiness, and a moderately bittered finish. So while I disagree with one statement on the label, I agree with another that says itís "very more-ish" - I could easily drink a couple even though itís not an especially memorable beer.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
Bottle. Okay ESB, but nothing special. Good malt character, with sweet caramel notes, some spice, finish is bitter and long. Body a bit too thin for my liking.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Strangebrewer (1272) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2015 bottle. Poured clear auburn brown with a beige creamy head. Caramel hop aroma. Medium bodied. A bit spicy with a sweet roasted caramel flavour. Moderate dry bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
500ml bottle
4.4% ABV
I tried this beer on August 6, 2009 at "Smokeless Joeís" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a beautiful reddish-brown in the glass with a very thin white bubbly head. The aroma was sweet malt, some nuts, hops and wet cardboard. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour mas malty, slightly sweet, with a bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2009
500ml Bottle: Pours pumpkin brown, reasonable head that wasnít around long. Floral, hoppy aroma surrounded in grains and malty sweetness reminiscent of raisin. The flavour is a but muted, lots of sweet caramel malts and some stone fruits, an odd papery, dry aftertaste. Still, perhaps benefiting from being drunk shortly after yard work, Iím finding it well balanced and very refreshing. I like it a lot more than itís rating would suggest.


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