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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:
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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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Photo of Stephen63
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Stephen63, Aug 14, 2007
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
Photo of pin
4.5/5  rDev +20%

pin, Feb 10, 2012
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.

velkyal, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Jeffo
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

Jeffo, May 11, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
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.

fullsweep, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Gastrick
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Gastrick, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Viceroy
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Viceroy, Nov 27, 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 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 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 CliffBrake
4/5  rDev +6.7%

CliffBrake, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of opalchemist
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
Photo of spdyfire83
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!

spdyfire83, Dec 22, 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 StJamesGate
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.

StJamesGate, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of zerk
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.

zerk, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of eric5bellies
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 juju7
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 wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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~~

wl0307, Sep 11, 2006
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Jennings Sneck Lifter from Jennings Brothers PLC
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.