Brewed by Tom Wood’s
Style: English Strong Ale
Barnetby, England


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Seasonal - October & November. Has also been available bottled
A chestnut red beer, slightly hoppy aroma mingled with fruity berries predominantly malty in the mouth with the hops returning in the after taste. Also brewed for bottling. Award winner at Brau Nurenburg 2003 silver award.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (18052) - Ashford, Kent, - JUN 29, 2006
500ml bottle from ASDA. Very deep brown/russett colour, with thin off white head. Chocolate malt aroma and some farty yeast. Good in mouth and then some more choc malt. Bit thin somewhere. Malts are really nice. Hoppy finish with some more good malts. Really quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (6986) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, best before 28 Dec 2010, drank 16 May 2010, poured into two Palm (Belgian) glasses. Bright, clear, dark amber body with a big bubbled tan head on top. Malts dominate the smell, with hints of dark chocolate notes as it warms. Dry, very dry for a Brown Ale, ideal with cheese I’d imagine (think Ploughmans Lunch). There is a hop bitterness that forces its way through the malts, giving the beer a well rounded feel. The chocolate from the aroma also appears latterly in the taste. I like beers from this brewery, this one doesn’t stand out, but is well worth trying if you ever see it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1672) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2012
First tasted this in the Three Judges, Glasgow in December 1995. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear dark amber in colour with a thick white head. Slight prickle of roast malt in the short aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts gives a moist fruit loaf flavour with molasses and dates present. Slight note of bitter hop resins in the slightly dry aftertaste. Robust finish is fiery and full of malt with sweet golden syrup notes evident. An excellent ESB and well recommended.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (25652) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2009
Cask @ JDW, Victoria SW1. Pours a dark amber color with a longlasting creamy off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma with some hints of caramel. Fruity malty hoppy caramel flaovr. Has a fruity malty hoppy hints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (2054) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2009
Bottle. Chestnut colour, small but lasting off-white head. Malty caramel aromas combine with a woodsy overtone. Good body, roasted malt flavours, bready notes, a slight but distinct dry coffee bitterness. Good lasting hoppy finish, fizzy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Finn (7039) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2009
Cask at The Standing Order, Edinburgh 13 Nov 08. Dark brown colored. A small creamy tanned head. Aroma? Watery throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (20222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2009
<i>Cask Conditioned at J.D. Wetherspoon - Penderel’s Oak, London</i>
Chestnut color. Caramel aroma and caramel flavor, with also a chestnut flavor; correct bitterness. It’s missing some vibes, but pleasant anyway.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Cask at The Grid Inn, Southfields during "Spoons Fest in a Day" crawl, 2nd Nov 08. Chestnut colour, no head. Rich malty flavour, some fruity berry notes and a hoppy, but weak finish. Grassy nose is a bit funky too.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2008
Cask in the new crown. Alround rating: Slightly mouldy, roasty, dry, not very tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (12071) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2008
Dark brown red-tinged body topped by a thin ring of bubbles. Smell of stewed fruits. Blend of chocolate and caramel malts in flavour developing into a more prominent taste of dark fruits. Medium bodied. Not particular interesting. Third pint glass at Standing Order in Edinburgh 13.11.2008.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2008
Handpulled cask at JDW Harrow. Brown/red with an off-white head. Malty but well hopped wiyh a hint of chocolate. Very easy to drink.

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