Great Bustard - Stonehenge Ales Limited [Bunces Brewery]
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Reviews by MutualAid:
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Brought back from the UK by a friend:
Appearance - Pours light reddish-brown with a white, one-finger head. Nice lacing and decent retention.
Smell - Big, bready malt aromas here with light, floral hops wafting in and out.
Taste - Malt is more assertive up front than the hop or yeast flavors, but by no means overwhelming. The middle and finish is characterized by a yeast-derived fruitiness and followed swiftly by a refreshing piney hop flavor. Good bitterness for the style.
Mouthfeel - Definitely geared towards session drinking; a bit thinner than we usually drink in the US. Of course, this makes for a good hot weather beer whereas an ESB like Fuller's is my go to in Autumn.
Overall - I wish I had a couple of six-packs of this. A good, balanced ESB that hits the style and is highly sessionable.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2011 02:18:31 | More by MutualAid
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Handpump halfpint at The Market Porter.
A: Clear copper body with a thin but sticky tan head. Nice lacing.
S: Grassy, herbal, earthy hops dominate, giving the beer a distinctly dry, leafy aroma. A bit of biscuity, crusty malt accentuates the dryness and adds some depth. Not bad at all.
T: More malt-driven than the aroma indicated, with delicate bread, biscuit, and fruity notes starting things off. The herbal hops show up to close things out with a bitter, sticky finish. Tasty, refreshing, but not quite as well-integrated as could be hoped. THe maltiness reminds me a bit of a Scotch whisky, which is a bid odd, but intriguing.
M: Soft and substantial; low carbonation.
O: Interesting beer, and one that I would recommend anyone try a half-pint of. Not my favorite ESB ever, but a fun one all the same.
Serving type: cask
06-15-2011 01:43:18 | More by woosterbill
United Kingdom (England)
3.78/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB date unknown; served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: pours a copper hue, coming with a thin layer of off-white froth and light carbonation
S: rather sweet and sour-fruity with hints of dried berries and ripe plums, featuring mainly caramely malts. Not complex at all but still pleasant.
T: the foretaste comes rather aromatic and fruity (burned plums, dried berries, dates and even sour-sweet muskat grapes) on top of very good and rich malty backbone and nicely lingering herbal bitterness, plus a touch of Styrian Golding like hop aroma. The finish is moderately zesty bitter and yet full of quality malt aftertaste.
M&D: albeit not bottle-conditioned, the carbonation is rather smooth and even natural, not at all fizzy, while the body remains medium vis-à-vis the moderate flavour profile. All in all this is a good product with a nice flavour structure, although the aroma perhaps could be tuned much more pronounced and complex to make it even more attractive from an earlier stage of tasting.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2011 20:41:00 | More by wl0307
Great Bustard from Stonehenge Ales Limited [Bunces Brewery]
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