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Jennings Sneck Lifter - Jennings Brothers PLC

Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Sneck Lifter

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BA SCORE
84
good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-24-2003)
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Reviews by zerk:
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zerk

California

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife brought this one back foer me when she went to London.

Pours chestnut with a thick tan head. Aroma has a touch of a metallic presence to it, with some notes of caramel and herbs. Flavor is quite nice... with subdued caramel, bread, a touch of chocolate, and some balancing light bitterness. It's medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Quite a refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 16:50:53 | More by zerk
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-07-2013 17:26:10 | More by BillRoth
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-01-2013 15:44:54 | More by EmperorBevis
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Johnq1964

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-11-2013 12:22:29 | More by Johnq1964
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 14:08:14 | More by IchLiebeBier
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Viceroy

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

11-27-2012 17:37:59 | More by Viceroy
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-10-2012 09:26:01 | More by Sunnanek
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-13-2012 00:28:13 | More by CliffBrake
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KMcG

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-12-2012 23:06:05 | More by KMcG
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opalchemist

United Arab Emirates

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 00:55:40 | More by opalchemist
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Gary779

South Africa

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beer pours with a creamy three-finger head and shows some nice cascading. Beer itself is red to amber coloured. Leaves some chunky lace on the glass.

S: Malts, green peaches and hints of vanilla. Some glazed cherries also present.

T: A sip puts some mellow butterscotch flavours on the tongue. Slight apricot flavour also becomes present. Citrus plinth and grapefruit in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and medium carbonation. Oily texture.

O: This beer exceeded my expectations. I might have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 17:38:03 | More by Gary779
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pin

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +20%

02-10-2012 03:13:46 | More by pin
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle 5,1% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
BB 31 August 2012

Appearance: Deep copper-red body topped by a large, creamy, beige head that lasts really well and leaves some great lacing as is slowly recedes.

Smell: Sweet dark fruit (raisins and plums), toffee, light burned currents, nutty malts and lightly spicy/earthy hops.

Taste: Similar to the nose, sweet dark fruits, toffee, light burned notes, distinct orange peel, spicy hops and a great bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is light-medium (too light for the flavours) and the carbonation is a tad high - I prefer low carbonation in English style ales.

Overall: An enjoyable beer but not something I will seek out. If they consider this a "Strong Ale" in the UK; no wonder Brewdog's Tokyo* was frowned upon!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 08:50:59 | More by Thehuntmaster
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spdyfire83

Ireland

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

71st Review
Bottle to mouth
Best Before: 30 November 2012

Thanks Chris for this bottle upon our arrival in London. Enjoyed while walking from the tube to their place - you can do that in the UK...it is socially acceptable and totally legal.

A: Deep copper. Not sure on head as it went straight down the pipe.

S: Sweet caramel, roasted biscuit malt, nutty, and bold, rustic hops.

T: Sweet up front with a nice balance of roasty malt and hops. Balanced, smooth bitterness at end.

M: Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable for the style. Something that I would definitely seek out again. Good job Jennings Bros!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 10:56:41 | More by spdyfire83
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StJamesGate

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut amber with tight taupe head that leaves webs of lace. Flinty grain, red pear, light cinnamon and maple leaf - very autumnal.
Raisin scone, tea brack, toffee and a touch of whiskey going into leaf and ginger bread spice with the slightest hint of cocoa.
Red Hots and honeyed apricot leave and drying tart apple linger. Medium, chewy, a bit of stick.

Cumbria is up near Scotland and that explains a lot: malts a bit more like Scottish ale off this one. Well constructed and spice more than leafy hops cut the sweetness at the end. A tasty big cold weather English ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 21:07:59 | More by StJamesGate
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brendan13

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark ruby copper colour with a 2cm off white head that falls to a thin whisp.
S - Nutty with light toffee notes. Some vague earthy hop character.
T - Also very nutty in the taste with the light toffee notes. Like the smell, mild earthy hop flavours.
M - Medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation, a pleasent lingering bitterness.
O - A decent ESB that certainly does focus on the bittering addition rather than late hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 11:24:07 | More by brendan13
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass. Got 2 bottles of this on offer through Ocado/Waitrose. Excellent decision.

A: Lovely dark yet transparent beer with a ruby tint to the dark brown.

S: Malty-sweet with caramel/toffee/candy notes.

T: Excellent beer here. This ESB has tendencies towards a brown ale but without some of the biscuity malty qualities of that style. Instead it has more of a syrupy sweetness to it. Very enjoyable!

M: Tacky, sticky, mildly carbonated.

D: Would definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 20:35:45 | More by fullsweep
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eric5bellies

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 14:30:53 | More by eric5bellies
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 23:38:42 | More by CrazyDavros
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 22:38:51 | More by Dawkfan
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Told a bud from Burnley, UK. about this beer. Apparently nicknamed the 'shirt lifter' ( sanitized nickname no doubt) lol.

Pours like a good ale should. Dark brown, bright red highlights when held up to light.
Do not do vigorous pour as head forms up quckly.

Mild pale malts with a slight earthiness.

Nice balance in the front end. Malts come through like sweetened coffee. Hops are quite sharp, like dandelion. Very strong tea like bitterness tends to dominate the middle and finish.

Feel is medium-light. Maybe a tad overcarbonated.

Difinitely has the bitter part down pat. A nice ale, not in the same league as Fuller's, but still worth sampling.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 04:49:31 | More by Shadman
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 01:06:19 | More by biboergosum
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:42:38 | More by jazzyjeff13
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:46:33 | More by IronDjinn
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 02:10:05 | More by kojevergas
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Jennings Sneck Lifter from Jennings Brothers PLC
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