Brewed by Upham
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bishops Waltham, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask: Unfiltered; Bottle: Filtered. Regularly available
Previously 4.6%
Rich Premium Bitter
Aroma: A fruity hop aroma. Colour: Deep chestnut. Flavour: Stakes has a robust bitterness with discernible hints of grapefruit and toffee that come from a blend of Northdown, Challenger and Cascade hops. This premium ale is brewed with both rye and barley which makes it satisfying, robust and moreish.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ianwelby (1301) - - APR 27, 2013
Clear copper pint with a thick creamy head. Not much aroma at all. Nut and malt taste and its an almost creamy beer. Not special bit I could drink it at a push.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Swaroga (2206) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 5, 2016
The beer is clear brown with small head. Aroma has some flowers, delicate honey, old bread, toast, sugar. Watery with delicate carbonation. Another English thirst quencher without complexity but with quite satisfying malt backbone. Still nothing amazing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5690) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2016
500ml dark bottle, filtered, from Tesco. This is quite a rich bitter, with good chocolate notes. Theres some lingering tobacco flavoured bittering hops, but this is more about the malt, so its my sort of beer. There is a lack of character about the beer - its fairly clean, flat, and lacking in interest, and its under-carbonated which simply emphasises its lack of life, but the robust chocolate malt goes a little way toward compensating. I quite liked this, but cant see myself getting excited about drinking another one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (15558) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 1, 2015
Draught (Regal (JDW), Cambridge)
Woh - this is a time machine! Im back in the 80s. Every beer tasted like this back then. A dull bitter, undergrowthy and a bit minerally. Not a bitter for me. Not really any brewing flaws, its just a style that doesnt do it for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (10400) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2015
Cask, The Highcross, Leicester. Amber brown with a cream head. Aromas are toffee with raisins and lemon. Dusty yeast with herbal notes and green apple. Flavours are nutty weetabix with bittersweet lemon and a green apple bite. Raisins with a bready, dry finish. Merely OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mighty_meadow (308) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Pint in the Salt Cot ( JDW) Malty aroma and taste. Slight citrus in the finish. Looks good and as usual for this pub, well kept but nothing much to distinguish it from other beers of this style. In saying that, it was just what I was looking for today.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1664) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) on the 21st February 2015. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear tawny in colour with a thin white head. slight malty aroma with warm yeasty bread overtones present. Thin weak mouthfeel and poor lacing. Mixed malts give a mild maltloaf base with hints of berry fruit but too weak to identify. Dusty earthy flavour to the hop prickle giving a weak bitter aftertaste. Finish is malty but rather weak as it runs out of legs - needing more oomph as you would think this was more like a 3.6% instead. A poor session ESB, lacking in body and depth of flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (2445) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2015 Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A deep brown colour with a thin off white head. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel and biscuit. Taste is pretty much the same. Soft carbonation and medium bodied. A lingering bitter aftertaste. An average traditional bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (6370) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2015
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. Pale copper with a loose cream head; aroma of sour grains; sweet malty taste; and a dry biscuity finish. A straightforward traditional bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuideDogSaint (1314) - Xiamen, CHINA - AUG 23, 2014
Cask at the Encore, Southampton. Pours dark brown with a white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee. A little oily. Bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
niquillis (2487) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
On cask at wagon works, jdw, eastleigh. Pours mid brown with off white head. Ok withouth standing out. Averageness in a glass. Some caramel.

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