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Thames Welsh ESB - Felinfoel Brewery Co.

Thames Welsh ESBThames Welsh ESB

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%

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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-01-2002)
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4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of a heavyweight ESB, with aspects of apple showing up throughout. In the glass it could have passed for unfiltered apple cider. The aroma was exactly like a caramel apple. Up front, moderately sweet, with apple cider and caramel predominant, and then darker fruit flavors pop in, prune juice the easiest to identify. Very full bodied, almost barley wine-like. I paired this with some strong herbed feta cheese and melon and was one happy camper.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 06:24:11 | More by Brent
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber with ruby highlights and a creamy light tan head that drops shortly but keeps a good collar and leaves some OK lace. The aroma offers a distinct caramel maltiness, some very nice fruitiness (soft ripe berries), and a minor acetone (lacquer-thinner type aroma probably due to high fermentation temperatures). The acetone can be distracting at one point or another, but overall it's not so bold that it ruins the beer. In fact, part way through the pint I hardly noticed it. I don't think that I could ever find it endearing... but it wasn't completely off-putting. The body is light/medium with a fine and gentle carbonation that leaves it nicely creamy in the mouth. Very smooth. The flavor mirrors the aroma with some very nice dark crystal maltiness and an almost wine-like fruitiness . There are some very light hops in the flavor, but it's mainly balanced towards softly sweet maltiness propped by underlying hop bitterness. It finishes dryish with a mild, almost wine-like fruitiness (which may actually be coming from a combination with the light note of acetone) as well as some light grassy hop. Fairly nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2002 18:43:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raisin bread, butter and hop marmalade nose. Thin lacy head on top a deep amber. A caramel malt base is cut with earthy English hops and mineral water. Quite a special and tasty bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2002 17:24:35 | More by inebrius
Photo of Mark


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably a better cold weather brew but I was eager to try it. Ruby colored ale with a tan airy head, lace was good. Very fruity with a sweet caramel malt base. Excellent mouthfeel. Very unique tasting beer and just might be better next time.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2002 19:13:35 | More by Mark
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark amber color and left a nice light tan head that subsided but left some nice lace. An aroma of malt, carmel and some hops. The flavor was of carmel, chocolate and malt. This again strikes me as a rather sweet ESB, but is still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2002 17:18:57 | More by Wildman
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brownish-amber ale. Nice frothy head, stacked about 1/2 inch over top of glass without 'overflow'. Head dissipates quickly, but thin covering of lace remains on top of the beer, and on the side of the glass. Rich caramel aroma and flavor. A bit of yeast and alcohol present in aroma. Very mild fruit hiding under caramel flavor. finishes with oily, bitter hop flavor (but not overpowering). Kinda 'chewy'. Nice refreshing brew, with a bit of a kick.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2002 07:01:32 | More by Viking
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Thames Welsh ESB from Felinfoel Brewery Co.
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