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Jennings Sneck Lifter - Jennings Brothers PLC

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jennings Brothers PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-24-2003)
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Reviews by stevecee2003:
Photo of stevecee2003
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap, at the source, at the brewery in the Lakes District in England. It doesn't get any better than this.

This beer will kick your $ss. It is wonderful. I had the opportunity to taste it (several times) at the brewery in the Lakes in England. Wow. It pours magnificently with a good head, that settles into a nice lace.

It smells of the malts used in the process. When you smell it you want to snorkle down a few more ounces to get it going. It has that kind of smell. Full bodied.

Slightly burnt taste. But just so. There's also a hint of citrus aroma. There's toffy and some maltiness. But the dark sultry taste over-rides. It's surprisingly strong, and will knock you for six if you're not careful.

I may be prejudiced, as I got the chance to go round the other side of the bar and pull a few pints for the patrons, and myself. It was glorious. To some in the northwest of England this is "mothers milk".

stevecee2003, Dec 07, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2011. The explanation of sneck lifter on the label is interesting.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep brown colour with a ruby hue when held to the light. Good carbonation; produces a creamy off-white head that lasts for several minutes. Aroma of rich malt with some caramel and roasted notes. Also slightly sweet and has overtones of solvent and alcohol.

A flavour of sweet dark malt with distinctive bitterness. Some roasted/burnt notes as well as caramel. No obvious hoppy flavours, but quite bitter as you swallow. As with the aroma strong hints of solvent/ethanol, particularly when swallowing. The body is unusual - it has the mouthfeel you normally associate with spirits, light and astringent with a sensation of alcohol on the palate.

This is a pretty good ale - it has decent taste and bitterness. The only let-down is the evidence of ethanol in the background, which seems to unbalance the flavour and mouthfeel. I'll have it again though if I come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of rastaman
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like raisins and maple syrup, burnt raisin and coffee on the palate, some nice drying resiny hops towards the finish, tastes exactly of its ingredients, which is a good thing, solid, mildly complex, tasty brew. Nothing too much wrong with it, perhaps a bit to much sweetness, quite tasty.

rastaman, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of AleYes
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in pints at a pub while in London; one of the best "real ales" I had there, and I had many, of course! Unfortunately, I couldn't find any in bottles to bring home!

Some of the descriptions here say they aren't sure how to categorize it; it is categorized in England as a Strong ale, which means over 5% alcohol. I would categorize it as a brown ale, based on taste, color and body.

Nice toasty, roasty, malty, coffee, chocolate, etc., nose and taste, touch of sweetness and hoppy bitterness, just like you would expect in a good brown ale. Excellent brew to have relaxing in a pub. One good reason to go back to England!

AleYes, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - the label explains a nice bit of English pub lore - which is kind of sadly pathetic at the same time.

This beer pours a clear ruddy cola colour, with two fingers of nice thick, foamy off-white head, which leaves a consistent circumference of curtained lace as it abates. It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, and some spicy, grassy hops. The taste is toffee malt, some mild treacle/butterscotch undertones, and floral, weedy, somewhat spicy hops. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weight, smooth, and kind of sugary. It finishes with a subtle drying graininess.

The Brits are so cute with their 5.1% 'Strong Ale'. Anyways, this is a nice, drinkable, even sessionable bitter, when you want something actually not that bitter, but still agreeably tasty.

biboergosum, Feb 13, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acorn brown with a off white / cream white head.

Sour floral nose with a lot of fermented malt.

Taste is sour, nutty and malty before the bitterness is coming through - a big broad bitterness.

Then nutty licorice is joining the party - still carried by hoppy bitterness.

Overall - not a good beer - a great one. Not so much good for drinking on its own, but to accompany food.

opalchemist, Mar 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

KMcG, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of bditty187
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Faintly hazy, brown-copper in hue with ruby highlights; I like the color. Beige foam, at the apex the head was a healthy three fingers tall. Head retention was impressive; the bubbles were slow to fade to a tight cap. Subsequent lacing was fairly widespread. A small cap lasted the entire consumption. This is a terrific looking beer!

Unexpected nose! I smell coffee grinds, burnt toast, old paper, wood, dried earth, and stale (dark) fruit biscuits. The aromas are very well rounded. Caramel notes in the background, maybe some nutmeg… fruitcake? Moderate-high potency, chatty… I really enjoy the bouquet. It is quite complex without being overly hoppy, malty, or alcoholic. A bouquet like this is very uncommon in the US. I love it!

The palate has a tad more bitterness then the nose explained (which is nice). On the other hand, the maltiness is a bit firmer then expected (which I’m indifferent too). There is terrific balance; burnt toast, coffee grinds upfront, tea-like hops, earthy bitterness in the middle, then some dark fruit notes, hints of figs and nutmeg, with a finish that is toasty and vaguely sweet. Dry aftertaste… it leaves me wanting more. Complex. Like I said about the nose, a palate like this is very uncommon in the US. Tasty!

Medium/medium-light in body, low carbonation, I wish the mouthfeel was a tad fuller and the carbonation was just tickle livelier but these are small complaints. The mouthfeel works well enough.

It takes a beer like this to force me to reflect on all the complaining I do about English beers. Sure, I love Fullers, Meantime, JW Lees, Landlord but so many of the English beers we get in the US are crap like Wychwood and St. Peter’s. I never heard of this beer until I received it as a Christmas gift from my girlfriend’s family visiting from England. I was happy to try it. Now that I have, this has been a rambling way to say this beer is freaking awesome and very damn tasty! I’d kill to try this on cask. Easy to drink… enjoyable! Thank you, Hanna, Holly, Hope, Rose, Dave, and Kathy. My 500ml bottle was not nearly enough!

bditty187, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with quickly fading head. Nose is rich and sweet, lots of figs, treacle, port, golden syrup and a little roasted malt. Similarly rich flavours but loads less sweet malt and more roasted character. Carbonation is a bit high, there's a pretty dry finish already.

CrazyDavros, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of AEK
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mls poured from a brown bottle into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Deep red in colour perhaps even burgundy with an off white head that did not last.

S. Not a great deal going on aromawise, possibly a faint hint of treacle and/or chocolate but some fruity malt and roast malt is there hovering about.

T. Notes of treacle toffee and some chocolate are present along with fruity malt. A slight bittering hop finishes off the taste.

M. Good. Smooth and clean.

D. The bottled version lacks the bite its cask brother has. There is very little going on in the bottled version these days. This bottled ale had a lot more complexity a few years back when it truly was Jennings brewery without any outside interference. A nice drink to have but it will never been as good as in the old days.

AEK, May 16, 2010
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Jerseyislandbeer, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a transparent rustic amber hue, tall frothy off-white head that slowly settles in rocky chunks. Thick spongy lacing as well.

Toasted malt with some smooth caramel on the nose, bready toffee malt builds over time, with some hop spiciness. Malt dominates.

Malt profile is a bit closer to that of a Winter Warmer than an ESB, however the latter is reiterated by a sturdy herbal hop finish and lingering aftertaste. Chewy toffee and toasted malt, some cherries in the middle, with a dry herbal hop finish, that lingers fairly long into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, low carbonation, slick and thin texture.

An ESB with a bit of a twist, fairly average all around otherwise, it doesn't really stand out in the crowd.

IronDjinn, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle, best before Aug 07, drank Jan 07.

Very dark for a strong bitter, deep mahogany red, held up to the light, you can see it is clear and clean as well. My head turned wispy within one sip and a half.

The beer was poured fairly cold, into a straight pint sleeve, but even as it warmed up my nose had trouble picking up any strong aromas. Sour toffee apples, caramel and burnt malts when almost at room temp.

I have visited the brewery and tasted this in its cask form both at the brewery and in a few pubs around the UK, the bottled version is not as good, but still gets a 3.5 score because it is very pleasant. Deep malty flavour, leaning towards Porters and Stouts, but with a lighter, fresher, cleaner, less creamy mouthfeel and texture.

A good bottled beer, better on cask, but worth trying if unable to take the cask conditioned version.

BlackHaddock, Jan 29, 2007
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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice Mahogany colour with a tinge of red and an Ivory coloured head that stays around.

S - Nice biscuit bread and roast aromas.

T - Nice nutty flavours up front with some caramel and vanilla and roasted malt in the middle and a bitter finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation that makes a smooth drop.

D - Another decent ESB from the old country.

eric5bellies, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Antilochus
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by a beer-loving coworker. 5.10% abv, 500mL bottle. Best before Apr 09.

Dark red coppery-brown body under a large tan/offwhite head.

Malty nose, hint of roast, cola, old coffee. Burnt caramel.. slightly sweet. Nice.

Roasted malt. Rich palate, slightly sweet and grainy with stoutish notes through. Dark fruits. Finishes on very stoutish note, although mouthfeel is very effervescent. Nice. Unique in that sense. I like.

Antilochus, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of damndirtyape
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand pumped into a Nonic glass at the Cock and Hoop in Nottingham.

Appearance: Dark brown with thick white foam across the top. The foam goes away but leaves thick white lacing along the walls of the glass.

Smell: Hints of coffee along with strong roasted malts and a hint of burnt sugar.

Taste: Coffee hints, smooth malt, and a hint of a bitter finish. For an ESB I found the bitterness surprisingly mild.

Mouthfeel: Barest hint of carbonation right after pouring, but later settles down to a just thin of creamy texture. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: Very nice - I could easily have another pint or a half pint all by itself.

damndirtyape, Jul 07, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

pin, Feb 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Gastrick, Jul 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of mdagnew
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare... I've had the cask version of this before so was interested to try the bottled version...

Poured a dark mahogany red colour... Creamy tan head poured quite thick then faded to thin layer... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice caramel maltiness, strong biscuity notes, light nutmeg, nutty hints, light spicy hops, some pepperiness, fruitcake notes, figs and dates, light treacle sweetness...

Taste – Nice drying hop bitterness, light toffee maltiness, spicy, slight mustiness, oaky notes, very light nutty sweetness, definite biscuity traces...

Feel - Quite smooth with slight sharpness underneath. Medium bodied. Very drinkable - would make a pretty good session beer...

Overall - A pretty good beer... not as good as the cask version but still pretty good...

mdagnew, May 31, 2006
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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cola-like in appearance. A rocky head, consistent sexy lacing all the way down. A little surprised by how coffee heavy the nose is. Some chicory and espresso bean, smoky roast action happening. Hate coffee but for some reason don't mind it in beer. Lightly carbonated and quite smooth again with the coffee-like bitterness. A long persistent finish. Good beer but just not necessarily the kind of beer I'd come back to often. But it IS good, really.

juju7, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of GreenCard
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before 09.2005...

Appearance: mahogany, great clarity, fluffy/creamy layer of tan head, lace

Aroma: coffee grinds, burnt toast, old books, malt, soy sauce, licorice

Flavor: roasty and toasty, dry malt backbone, slight acidity, finishes as dry as it starts with a roasty, rooty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, a bit astringent on the teeth

GreenCard, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of Dawkfan
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pour is reddish brown with an inch of off white almost beige colored head. Some spotted lace as this one slowly fades away.

S- Aroma smells fairly metallic to me. Bready/biscuity malt mainly. Some roastiness as it warms. The hops are quite floral.

T- Toasted malt and nut, the metallic aromas are now in the taste. Finish has some spicy earthy bitterness. Really don't enjoy the aftertaste.

M- Medium carbonation & feel. Goes down alright.

D- This one definitely wasn't for me, it tastes like a brown ale with a euro pilsner twist or something. Way to out of style for my liking.

Dawkfan, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Purchased at the Harvest off-license.

A: Pours a dark amber, non-transparent. Three finger head of delightful thickness and moderate cream. Generally appealing.

Sm: A very subtle scent, difficult to discern with my broken nose. Certainly hops, maybe some nut notes. Not pleasant, but not overwhelming.

T: Creamy open to bland body to caramelly/nutty finish. Poorly balanced - all of the flavour is in the finish. Built poorly for this style. There are middling intermediary notes none of which are significant: barley and hops and the like. Not bold, not particularly good.

Mf: Better than the taste. About as coarse as it ought to be, and adequately dry for the style.

Dr: Too expensive for its quality. At least it's relatively high ABV, albeit not for the style.

kojevergas, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark chestnut; frothy beige, medium-sized head

Aroma: bready; coffee notes; peppery hops

Taste: Bitter, juicy malt on start; bittter, dry, nutty finish; roasted grain notes like a stout

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
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Jennings Sneck Lifter from Jennings Brothers PLC
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.