Brewed by Woodfordes
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Norwich, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Regular and also available Bottle Conditioned.
Launched in April 2002 to celebrate Woodforde’s 21st Anniversary (1981-2002).
Ingredients: Maris Otter; Crystal Malt; Rye Crystal Malt; Goldings hops.
Solid and generous sweet fruit flavour create a complex and satisfying dark chestnut-coloured beer. Wonderfully, and dangerously, drinkable.

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john44 (3202) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle. Orange Amber. Sweet, tangy, citrus-fruity, marmalady, toasted-malty ale with full hop flavour. Dry malty bitter finish. (2008)

AshtonMcCobb (6774) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2015
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - a lovely amber with a decent head. Nose - toffee and red fruits. Light orange peel. Taste - toffee, biscuits and tangy fruit. Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a long dry tangy finish. Overall - nice ESB.

allmyvinyl (10841) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2015
500ml bottle thanks to my big brother. Pours clear red-brown, thin white head. Aromas of red fruit, hazelnuts, mixed peel. Taste is fruity, light malt, light soapy bitterness. Not bad.

pricey290483 (809) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
light brown in colour malty on the aroma and taste with a little bitter finish don’t think i wouldn’t rush to have it again

SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2014
smells of nothing, dark gold foamy white head. tastes like unsalted crisps which must be the only thing good about it?

jjsint (3328) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Cask @ The Olde Sun, St Neots. Light to mid brown, clear. Full white head. Toffee/caramel and alcohol in the nose: smells stronger than 5%. Multi-layered taste: the initial sweetness masks an intense bitter edge. Apparently now only available during the Christmas period, so seek it out while you can.

BlackHaddock (7516) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle conditioned: 500ml’s best before the end of Oct 2012, some 5 days away. The beer is 5% ABV and was poured slowly @ home into an Abbot Ale glass tankard. No sediment left the bottle in my gentle pour: clear, bright, chestnut reddish body, the head a full covering of white foam which hung around for the duration of the tasting. Feels and smells like a ’winter warmer’ sort of beer, rich, woody and Christmassy. The malts are roasted and full flavoured in the aroma and taste, toffee being the main maltiness I got. Fruity hop notes in the mix as well, a liquid toffee apple with extra candid fruits as the beer warms in the glass. The actual body depth isn’t that heavy or full, but the flavours carry the beer nicely and the 5% ABV sits well overall.

RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Cask, JDW, Carlisle. Toffee-tasting amber beer that lacks any great aroma. Sadly, quite bland, with an almost synthetic sugariness on the tongue. Some late fruitiness saves a bit of face, but generally disappointing.

mr_h (5740) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2012
Cask by handpump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - pours clear brown ale with a nutty malt aroma, served a bit cold, flavour has a hint of fruit, smooth to drink, a bit bland

stravale (3088) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - JAN 16, 2012
Cask @ JDW Inverness
Copper amber..clear..thin white head...some lacing
Aroma of fruity malts and berries
Taste of caramel malt..some biscuity malt...fruity berries...hint of blackcurrant...hedgerow hops...hint of yeast...fair amount of flavour here
Palate...soft carb...some sweet fruitiness....light bitter
Finish - same as main flavour but more intense...some biscuit malt and yeast in the tail
Overall - Solid quite fruity premium bitter with some depth in the flavour

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