Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
Nice hoppy aroma well balanced with malt. Dark amber colour with excellent head. Nice malty flavour up front with slightly bitter finish. Medium creamy body with low carbonation. Ingevara (910) - SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2005
A brown ale with a small head but lots and lots of flavors, and a deep lingering aroma. There are plenty of hops that enhance a very round and enjoyable bitterness. Not very sweet, but lots of bubbles. An excellent beer to enjoy at any occasion. bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2005
Bottle. The colour is medium deep copper; the rather airy pale beige foam is two finger thick. Looks like a classic ale to me.tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2010
The smell is fresh and a bit chemical, I noted some hops, both bitter and aroma. It is a bit roasted with sweetness and a slight metallic finish.
The carbonation is good; maybe the bubbles are a little too small…
The taste could be summarized in “A good no-nonsense English ale”: A mild somewhat sweet a fruity, flowery touch develops into a large balanced bitterness with a slightly roasted touch. A dry bitterness and some sweet-burned malt dominate the long aftertaste.
This is a great everyday ale!
Deep brown-red color with fluffy head. Yeasty and dry hoppy aroma. Low carbonation, very little sweetness but plenty of bitter hops and fresh-fruity flavor. Strong bitterness in palate and the aftertaste lasts very long. Really nice. Fin (10538) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2007
Bottle, from Sainsburys Kidlington. Poured a fairly standard brown maybe a touch darker. Good hoppy and fruity nose, taste was very fruity, quite suprised in fact at the full bodied fruitiness and bitterness of this beer. This was a really decent ESB.
davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Bottle 500ml. Nice malty bitter. Aromas of caramel, nuts, and apricot. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and good length. Palate is oily, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy head. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2005
Copper-coloured with rich, creamy beige head that laces nicely. Floral and malty aroma. Caramel sweetness meets refreshing hop bitterness, developing into a very dry finish. Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2005
500 ml bottle. Clear coppery brown. Average head. Distinct aroma of rich specialty malts and English ale yeast. Characterful grassy hop aroma. Flavour is very rich. Fruity. Toasted and slightly burnt malts. Light bitterness. Dry aftertaste from the hops. Martin243 (1155) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2011
At the darker end of the English Bitter scale, Looks good in the glass, amber red, with an off white head. Lovely rounded flavour. Quite fruity rather than astringent, perhaps a little thin and light, or perhaps the deep colour leads you to expect a heavier, more full-bodied beer. Still, nice ale. BlackHaddock (7325) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2012
From BA: back in 2007. No mention on the bottle who brews it, but it does say brewed in Oxfordshire for Ushers on the rear label. So I am assuming it is from Wychwoods kettles.
Good solid brown 500ml bottle, best before April 2008, drank August 2007.
Poured into a Bateman’s pint sleeve glass, it looked fine, a good creamy head on top of an amber, teak red body.
The aroma is of hops (the label says Goldings) and fairly sweet malts.
The taste is very malty, full and heavy. The mouthfeel is thick and has a staying power, the maltiness hangs around.
A most enjoyable ale, I will be having one of these again, that’s for sure.