Brewed by Banks’s (Marston’s)
Style: Bitter
Wolverhampton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Originally brewed by Thwaites, the brand was contract brewed at Marston’s Wolverhampton plant (Banks’s) 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sammy (11849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2009
Pours mahogoney brown colour with initial foamy head. A little malty, though also a tad faint beery aroma. The mouthfeel is average, also a tad astringent. There is a small hop taste, more malty. Not too drinkable, a passable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2009
Expected a hop aroma and got a whiff of one but less than I expected. Thin, broken froth with varying bubble sizes yet a lovely dark gold/amber colour. A bit watery with some hop and malt on the back end of the drink. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit fiery at times. Reminds me of Hobgoblin to an extent, and I think that extent is the fact that the beer has traveled over 5000km to the LCBO under unknown circumstances. Not bad, but not a bargain at its price point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Diogène (1207) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
Bottle. Dark copper with a thin creamy off-white head. Medium-good retention and great lacing. Aroma is malt, caramel and hops. Flavor is esrthy with toasted malt, caramel and a bitter finish. Medium body with a slightly watery mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3959) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
Brwon bottle, 500 ml, produced on L9050T, purchased at the LCBO, savoured on June 17 2009; eye: copper, clear, no effervescence, moka head that falls and turns into a tiny ring, nice lacing; nose: malt, grain, dusty, light roasted malt; mouth: malt, grain, dusty, tiny layer of caramel, light roasted malt, dry finale in dusty grain and showing a nice bitterness, medium body, not much carbonation, grainy texture, lightly sweet, mildly bitter; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 500 ml, produite le L9050T, achetée à la LCBO, savourée le 17 juin 2009; œil : cuivre, claire, pas d’effervescence, mousse moka qui tombe et se transforme en un petit anneau, bonne dentelle; nez : malt, grain, poussière, léger malt torréfié; bouche : malt, grain, poussière, petit filet de caramel, léger malt torréfié, finale sèche en grain poussiéreux et montrant une bonne amertume, corps moyen, peu carbonatée, texture granuleuse, légèrement sucrée, moyennement amère; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pootzboy (1696) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2009
500ml bottle: Poured a Clear hazelnut brown, rich cap and fair lacing. softly carbonated. Aroma of wet bread with some grassiness. Caramel malty and lightly roasty withsoft rounded mouthfeel. Caramelly, bready, Nutty with constrained piney hop tang. Short finish with a soft toffee-like release and faint resinous bittering. Approachable, flavourful, quenching. A very pleasant pint of mild bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
markas101 (2406) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2009
50 cl bottle, Shelburne, ON, Canada. Amber colour, bready/yeasty aroma. Sweet flavor, a hint of caramel and some syrupyness. Not terrible, nor impressive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cfrancis (3350) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2009
Dark reddish-amber colour. Smell of hop and some toffee. Taste is thin. Hop, some bitterness and caramel/toffee. Not terrible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (6214) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of refreshing caramel malt with a light dry hoppy finish. Taste is also a mix between some lightly sweet caramel malt with some light traces of dry English hops. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Easily drinkable with limited complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
Pours a dark amber with a thin whiet head. The aroma is pretty plain, cardboard malt extract with a bit of hops. The flavour is likewise not very interesting, mainly straight forward maltiness, cardboard, a touch of something that might be hops. Really nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear, moderate copper with a so-so light tan head. Aroma: Metallic and a bit hoppy, nutty, light fruitiness, a touch earthy, toffee, a bit tight, as with so many British brews. Palate: Medium-ish body and fairly sparse carbonation. Flav.: Much richer than the nose, more toffee and dark dried fruit malts, some light metallic hops, still earthy and fairly nutty; off-dry to finish, with some pleasant bread, biscuit and light brown sugar, a wee bit of bitterness.

Meh, it is what it is.

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