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Thames Welsh ESB - Felinfoel Brewery Co.

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BA SCORE
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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Felinfoel Brewery Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (Wales)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-01-2002)
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Reviews by byrd:
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byrd

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Large foamy head that lasts a long time. The head becomes rocky, and eventually reduces to a thick frothy lace. Lots of carbonation can bee seen rising to the surface. The color is clear reddish-copper. The aroma is fairly light with perfumed hops. Some raisin and plum notes are also noticeable along with a slight vinous and woody quality. There’s definitely a good amount of hops in this brew, however, it’s different than other ESBs I’ve tried with a flavor that I’m not all that familiar with. The hops, that are quite bitter, come in quickly and last all the way through the finish. Some vinous and oak notes are also noticeable. Malts are fairly light in this brew, however, very slight fruity notes are there. I also am detecting some alcohol or rum notes. There’s amount of slight roasted notes that are also noticeable towards the end. Not bad, and a fairly drinkable brew, however, I’m not over fond of it – not enough to race out and purchase it again that is. Maybe it’s because I’m not that familiar with some of the flavors here. This one came highly recommended to me, but I was a little disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 23:20:17 | More by byrd
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The pour was a cloudy deep reddish brown with a 1.5-finger off-white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was toffee with a hint of holiday fruitcake. The flavor was toasty, nutty and a good dose of caramel malts. Slight hints of figs and ripe cherries just before the hops become noticeable. Herbal, resiny hops, but not a lot of bitterness. Overall, fairly well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is medium, as well.

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Appearance: Pours a clouded body the color of fine, aged leather. Modest-sized head of large, dissipating suds.

Smell: Cut hardwood planks layered with sweet-scented caramel and toffee and a good whiff of holidaytime fruitcake splashed here and there with bottled bitters.

Taste: Lightly toasty, nutty, even woody maltiness with a big boost of candyish toffee sweetness. Noted fruity esters tasting of figs and tart cherries. Herbaceous, resiny hops with more than enough bitterness to ride out until the dry, mineral-hinted, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: A good, decent Welsh ESB and a pleasant early-evening brew, though there are a few others I'd sooner reach out my grubby hands for.

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S- hoppy smell also caramel. Very european smelling.
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This ESB has been showing up on shelves in SoCal beer stores over the last couple months...or I haven't noticed this beer before. I got the Guinness pint glass ready to carry this, my first beer from Wales. On to the beer:

Clean dark amber in the body, it gets darker as you look more towards the top. The head is fluffy on top, and holding it's ground. Looks classy thus far. My nose doesn't get as much as my eyes do. More subtle to say the least...burnt caramel, burnt bread crust, cappuchino....roasted coffee...what's that doing there? More fruity as it warms. Me wants to drink.

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Pours dark amber, very little carbonation -- almost flat, but that seems somewhat characteristic of ESBs. Little head, little lacing. Smells of toffee and caramel and nuts.

Taste is fairly sweet, slightly watery, toffee and a little banana. A little cherry, strong bitter aftertaste.

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Thames Welsh ESB from Felinfoel Brewery Co.
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