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Thames Welsh ESB - Felinfoel Brewery Co.

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very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 5
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

RochefortChris, Dec 10, 2013
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Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

jzlyo, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mrfrancis, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of kvnstfrd
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

kvnstfrd, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

matjack85, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

cliff1066, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

kobeer, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

jak, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : amber color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and caramel aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : toffee and caramel flavors with a nice bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English ESB.

thierrynantes, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quite tastey. poured brownish into my tower glass. good carbonation. nice balance of hops and malts and gives a good biscuit bitter dry finish. this was a nice surprise - only because i had not heard of the brand. i have had e.s.b. before and this is a good representation.

good carbonation, good mouthfeel, good lacing.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, May 01, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good representation of the style, darker almost brown pour, tea aroma. Toffee, tea, bitter feel to the beer. Unique hopping. Malt presence ample. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel reveals more biscuity feel with the astringent bitterness playing off of it. Quite drinkable, reasonably priced, highly recommended if you're into this kind of thing.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of berserker256
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wish all beers came in big fat 16.9 ounce bottles. This one poured nicely into a pint glass (some left in the bottle). Dark carmel brown with sand-colored dense head that remains for a good while. Leaves lacing as the head retreats. Smells like bitter pine and roasted toffee, brown sugar and slightly chemically and grassy. Tastes like burnt carmel, bitter hops, astringent alcohol, and bitter aftertaste. It's just OK. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and carbonated. 16.9 ounces is enough.

berserker256, Mar 12, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this atypical ESB. Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber with light tan head. Nose has black tea aromas with a suggestion of grape. On the palate the black tea comes through with malty sweetness, some off-grape fruity flavors, and toffee. Finish is sweet. Easy drinking. Wish it was more affordable for regular drinking.

yemenmocha, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of drowland
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle poured into an English pint glass. The pour is cloudy deep reddish brown with a 1.5-finger khaki head floating atop. The aroma is caramel and biscuits with a hint of fruit and a dash of bitterness. The flavor is sweet and fruity like apples with a dark roasty finish from the malt and the hops. This combination really reminds me of fresh apple cider. Medium-high carbonation that burns through the medium body to cleanse.

drowland, Nov 29, 2009
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3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was new at my Beer store, so I got it!

A- Pours dark golden with a nice head.The head is actually very impressive.
S- hoppy smell also caramel. Very european smelling.
T- A little bitterness, the hoppyness is not all that floral. I like floral flavors.
M- This beer has a Newcastle aftertaste to it.
D- I drank it.


jbone78, Jul 10, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

It is what I would expect from the UK. Hard minerals, cappuchino, diacetyl, and a pinch of esters. I would like more maltiness in this beer, though this isn't bad as it stands. Like the aroma, the fruity esters, akin to red grapes, take over the flavor as it warms. Softly carbonated and medium in body.

For those who like fruity esters in beer, this is one to try. For those looking for a great overall ESB, Fuller's ESB and Wells Bombardier are better examples.

DoubleJ, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent -- although I can't see the carbonation, it seems like it must be there.

Pretty drinkable -- overall, pretty mellow. Not too sweet, not too bitter, not overwhelming.

snaotheus, Jun 09, 2009
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Thames Welsh ESB from Felinfoel Brewery Co.
85 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.