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Jennings Sneck Lifter - Jennings Brothers PLC

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 57
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Jennings Brothers PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Stephen63
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark beer with exceptional head that was almost yellow. Head stayed to the bottom of the glass.

S - Fruity and malty with a flowery background.

T - Wonderfully complex beer. Struggling to sort out all the competing flavours but dark fruit and treacle were prominent. Bitterness in the finish but not overpowering.

M - Really smooth and silky.

D - Bit on the strong side to have more than a couple of pints but enjoyed each sip.

This was served in the Lake District (Sun Inn, Pooley Bridge), so it was close to the brewery and in excellent condition. Certainly one of the best bitters I have had. I was thinking of getting a couple of bottles but probably they would be a bit of a disappointment after the cask version. A really great beer.

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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".

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Photo of velkyal
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is something special about British beer names, and I think Sneck Lifter has to be my favourite, but more importantly it was a wonderful, wonderful beer.

The colour of the beer is a deep russet, dark dark red that is almost black, and the head an ivory crown (forgive me for waxing lyrical).

Tastewise this ale is smooth, caramelly and sweet without being cloying - it is essentially an easy beer to drink, as any good beers should be.

I am looking forward to parting with many more a sneck on this stuff.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought a few bottles back from London.

From a bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger medium tan head. Colour is a deep burgundy reddish brown with no carbonation evident. Relatively clear. Head fades to a thin film cap, and eventually only a bit of film remains around the edges. Leaves a bit of splotchy lace bits down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel malt and some toffee as well. A slight touch of vanilla with a hint of dark fruit as well. Mild, but very enticing nose for sure.

TASTE: Caramel malt, toffee, and a touch of sweet candy. A hint of dark fruit as well, much like the nose, with some bitter hop notes at the end. A mild sweet malt and bitter hop aftertaste is long lasting and nicely balanced. Tasty brew for sure.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium prickly carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth, no bite, and finishes with a touch of dryness on the palate. A real pleasure.

OVERALL: This is a gem of a brew. Very enjoyable and super drinkable. I'd make this my session brew of choice, even if it is slightly above the ABV requirement. Recommended.

Note: I first discovered this at a pub just outside the IMAX in London. The cask version blew me out of the water; one of the best beers I've ever had. Easily an A rating. I was lucky enough to find it in bottles at the grocery store near my hotel, so I brought four back home with me. Though not up to the cask version, the bottled version is certainly a treat in its own right. If you're in London, try to find this on cask somewhere. For me, I'll just cross my fingers that De Bierkoning in Amsterdam gets bottles in every now and then.

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Photo of fullsweep
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

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Photo of Antilochus
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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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!

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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Photo of opalchemist
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown, single finger tan coloured head. Very clear. Aroma of toasty malts, caramel, toffee. Taste of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, some spice...very nice!

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Photo of rastaman
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of zerk
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into english pint.
Pours clear copper beer with nice beige rocky head, excellent retention. Aroma - not intense, toffee, caramel, nutty. Taste - toasted malts, marmalade, nice hop bitterness in the finish. Medium body & carbonation.
Pros - adequately balanced, unexpectedly bitter.
Contras - weak smell, consider ABV is a bit low. Having a heavy dissonance whether it is an ESB, english strong ale or an old ale.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of juju7
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 19 JUL 07, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: clear, dark reddish brown in colour; a loosely-foamy beige head of 1cm thickness with great retention; low carbonation.
S: pleasant malty theme with a twist of hops--the burned, bitter-sweet edge of caramel and toffee plus roasted nuts and wood dominate the nose, laced with milder notes of dark stone-fruits, raisins, and ripe apples. The sweet+roasty tinge of dark malts is particularly reminiscent of a porter to me... settled, juicy, malty, with a nice kick of spice.
T: a flow of bitter-sweet chocolate malts and toffee abounds, laced with faint traces of black cherries and bitter nuttiness... quietly the tea-leafy hop bitterness, dark chocolates' bitterness, and licorice-like dryish-sweetness join force to extend the aftertaste; pretty pleasant bitter-sweet finish and a touch dryish deep down the wings of the tongue, with abundant entry of hops manifesting on the mouthfeel, but everything is balanced nicely.
M&D: soft in carbonation and medium-bodied, this Premium Bitter is less complex and more malty than its many fruitier counterparts I'm really fond of. But the quality shown in this bottle is really impressive, and the body holds just extremely well from the first drop through to the last, resulting in a consistently satisfying palate. A solid ale by Jennings~~

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Photo of mdagnew
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

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Photo of Gary779
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served gold from 500ml brown bottle into straight pint glass.

A) Dark brown, half an inch of off-white head, dissipates quickly, but thin head remains.

S) Served cold, but getting liquorice-type dark malts. Inviting. When it warms up a bit, fruitier tones are evident.

T) Malty, slightly bitter, fruity aftertaste. This is a tasty beer, very well balanced; I am well happy.

M) Moderately carbonated; the body is fairly thick and coats the tongue. Yummers.

O) Tasty and 5.1%, defiantly above whatever tax thresholds apply these days without compromising. Recommended.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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!

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Photo of brendan13
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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