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Jennings Sneck Lifter - Jennings Brothers PLC

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BA SCORE
85
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-24-2003

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Photo of Dawkfan
2.69/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A deep ruby tinged brown colour with an initially frothy head coloured like very finely ground milk chocolate. Head collapses to a film pretty readily. Some reasonable lacing, and pleasant static carbonation - looks like it has a very decent amount of body to it. Looks pretty decent.

Whiffy on the nose - ostensibly very malty, but it has an odd organic, slightly smoky character that smells not unlike dry cat food. Certainly at least a lot of husky, rustic grain bag to it. There's a sweetness underneath it all, but to me it smells pretty rank.

Taste is a little better, but it still has that really oddly organic grain shell character to it. The body is good though - and the sweetness here is more pronounced, making it feel like a richer and fuller beer. It does get a bit better the more I drink, but there's something so slightly off-putting about it at the start.

It feels drinkable, even though it's quite full and thick after a while. Not one of my favourite English Ales. Although it does have character, it has just too much that worries me about it.

Photo of GreenCard
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
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

Photo of revdrjbob
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up from Berry Cellars along with a few others. Tease didn’t like the labelling, but that's neither here nor there.
Dark brown/umber in colour with a thin off white head. Beer looks to be filtered, very clear, slow bubbles rising to the surface. Head clings momentarily to the sides of the glass when swirled.
Aromas of roastyness and malt, very little to no hop aroma. Treacle brown sugar aromas. This beer is sadly just out of date by 3 months…
Tastes awesome, big burnt toffee and malty, nice easy bitterness, almost a brown ale in flavour. Not what I’d call a bitter. A slight astringency, almost liquorice in character, with hints of nuts and chocolate. The bitterness is slight, but there to balance the sweetness from the malt. Possibly the bitterness also comes from the dark malts, in a roasty sort of way.
Great and easy drinking ale, reminded me of Black Sheep almost.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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

Photo of AEK
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.44/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Shadman
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of brendan13
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

Photo of damndirtyape
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Malt_Man
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Gary779
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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...

Photo of KMcG
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Johnq1964
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Jennings Sneck Lifter from Jennings Brothers PLC
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.