Brewed by White Horse
Style: Bitter
Faringdon, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask Regular.
The power of the blacksmith is legendary so this beer combines the best ingredients money can buy and the skills of the traditional brewer to create a hammering good beer. Deep red like the fire at its heart and balanced with buckets of aromatic hops its enough to give other brewers the hump.

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BlackHaddock (7319) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
Last beer of the day (23rd Nov 13) from an Oxford pub crawl: Royal Blenheim being the establishment that this hand-pulled half-pint was poured for me. It’s wet and got some alcohol in it: my notes by now were patchy and in a written hand I can’t decipher too well. Apparently it was a dark amber and had a fruity nature to it’s aroma and taste, I also scored it fairly highly so I either enjoyed it or my scoring was getting mellower after a hard days rating.

prawlie (1591) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013
Pint at the Back of Beyond in Reading. Dark brown-amber with bubbly head. ’Meaty’, bitter, dry, hint of chocolate. Dark malt and hops aroma, nice. Smooth but a touch tangy. Fairly good.

dogbomb (1217) - ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
Cask. Orange amber ale with haze. Thick white head. Smells of orange marmalade with a hint of lemon. Taste is very full - there's berries, strawberries, blackberry, gooseberry and marmalade. It's also like maltesers without the chocolate have been dipped into it. Finish is smooth and "beery". Tasty and moreish.

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This beautifully malty Bitter develops velvety caramel upon leafy hops and delicately jammy fruitiness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam floats atop the clear amber.
-An earthy nod is felt in the nose.
-Malt flavours are brightly showcased.
-The mouthfeel is rich and silky for this gravity, yet this remains an easy drinking brew.
-The leafy hop bitterness has peppery angles.

On cask at The Royal Blenheim, Oxford.

RichTheVillan (7835) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2013
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; dark amber pour with soapy off white head, fruit and malt aroma, some hop bitterness in the taste, biscuity malts, quite pleasant.

SarkyNorthener (4609) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
[email protected] matthews hall, Walsall. Dark amber beer with small head and good lacing. Aroma is of fruity malt. The taste is very malty and a bit of fruit, some bitterness too. Medium bodied. Nice bitter.

fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2013
Cask @ Back of Beyond. More copper than deep red. Slightly yeasty nose, maybe a hint of sulphur. Fruity balance between the hops, malt and yeast. Not exciting but drinkable nonetheless.

Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JAN 23, 2013
Good quality bitter with a medium body and good balance of floral, fruity and bitter hop flavours. Far too easy to drink.

floydian1 (1462) - FNQ, Australia, - AUG 25, 2012
Cask @ White Horse, Banbury. Copper-amber colour with small off-white head. Caramel malts on the nose but it has a noticeably more bitter flavour profile than many others. Finishes dry and somewhat resinous. Light -medium body with smooth mouthfeel.

fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2012

Cask (handpump) @ The Royal Blenheim, 13 St Ebbes Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England OX1 1PT.

Clear medium amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, sweet malt, light to moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, dried fruit. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20111023]

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