Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston's)
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Cask: Regular.
"Glorious English"
ABV reduced from 4.3% to 4.1% in 2011.
Ingredients: Water from Charles Wells well; Pale Malt; Crushed Crystal Malt; Challenger and Goldings hops.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bun3W (9) - - MAR 4, 2013
Chestnut brown with medium head, light carbonation for a real easy not to strong with a hoppy finnish beer.

Grumbo (4252) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2018
Cask at the Blue Lion, Holborn. Pours clear dark amber with a small bubbly off-white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, malt and hop. Moderate sweetness, medium bitterness. Towards medium body, slight oily and watery texture, soft carbonation. Bitter finish. Some years since I had this and remember it to have been better.

ads135 (5207) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 17, 2017
Tried for the first time in 2010 and only now getting to the rating. Golden and clear. Musty sweetness, watery and grassy aroma.

john44 (3454) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2017
Cask at Battersea BF 2008. (Brief tasting notes and rating from old records) - Dark brown, tangy, citrus-fruity (orange marmalade) and hoppy (earthy) bitter. Some malt. Bitter fruity finish. (Backlog)

yaff (86) - la fontalaye, FRANCE - SEP 19, 2017
très bonne surprise pour cette bière anglaise. Relativement peu puissante , elle rappelle la Guiness par sa densité . Légère acidité.

Kita (2298) - Koper, SLOVENIA - AUG 12, 2017
Cask, half pint at Goat Tavern, London. Clear deep amber color with thin creamy off-white head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of caramel, bread and grassy and floral hops. Taste starts with light sweet caramel and toffee, follows by bready notes and mild fruity acidity and light bitter finish. Medium body, oily texture and soft carbonation in palate. Smooth and drinkable...

sinte (604) - Udine, ITALY - JUL 31, 2017
On tap. Clear amber body with a large, creamy, off-white head, mostly lasting with some nice lacing. Moderate malty (hay, caramel, bread) and light hoppy (citrus) aroma with some fruity notes. Moderate sweet and light-to-moderate bitter flavour; long lasting finish with notes of bread. Light-to-medium body with watery texture; flat carbonation.

shrubber85 (11706) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2017
Nutty toffee malt and hay aroma. Chestnut brown with minimal head. Moderately sweet nutty toffee malt and mildly bitter herbal hay flavor. Good body. Nice, solid bitter.

PetaNocona (1) - - JUN 8, 2017 does not count
Not too good, not too bad it is only a moderate beer imho....I teied the bottle version and it says 5,2% alcohol...higher than the barrel version I believe ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

roflorence (110) - South Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2017
Cask pour into a pint glass. Clear, dark amber colour with a short white head that dissipated quickly. Sweet crystal malt on the nose. Slight toffee flavour with hints of classic earthy/grassy English hops. Very low carbonation.

mengo81 (55) - - MAY 11, 2017
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