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Theakston XB - T & R Theakston Ltd.

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
84
good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
T & R Theakston Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2003)
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Reviews by Cresant:
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev -15%

Reviewed from notes. Poured this 12 oz brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The body was a hazy pale caramel color. The khaki head maintained for a long while.

The smell was of caramel apples. I swear I smell whiffs of fish!?

The taste was also of caramel apples. Fruity with a light tartness. Seems to be a typical English Pale Ale.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin in body with a subtle, smooth carbonation.

01-09-2014 12:50:22 | More by Cresant
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Mildly hazed amber

SMELL: Ripe plums, herbal, woody, grassy, toasted grain, toffee, chalky yeast

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, medium body, semidry, toasty, faint toffee, grainy, overripe fruit, buttery, mild alcoholic esters, dried grassy finish

Saying “session” would be the easy way out, as this ale is much more than that. Complex, as layers peel back each minute it gets warmer. A prime example of the style that sets the benchmark pretty high for brewers. A delight to throw back!

05-02-2012 04:04:06 | More by BeerAdvocate
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BeerDreadz

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-20-2014 00:36:48 | More by BeerDreadz
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05-10-2014 21:23:25 | More by henryclay_
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-05-2012 14:45:16 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -17.6%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Picked up from a B&M store not too long back. A local brew with heritage...

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear coppery-brown colour with light carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or so before disappearing. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of stewed leaves/veg, fruity ale yeast and cardboard. Dry and dull.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild, dry finish. Notes of stewed leaves, caramel, mild grain, fruity ale yeast, faint grass/hay and cardboard. Well-attenuated, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with decent carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of stewed leaves, cardboard and mild fruity yeast.

Meh, pretty bland and uninteresting. Looks OKish, with an aroma/flavour of caramel and stewed leaves. Body is alright. Perfect example of the type of traditional British ale that lacks character. It's well made and there's nothing fundamentally wrong with it, but it doesn't command your attention. Nowt special - no need to seek it out.

09-04-2013 23:09:44 | More by jazzyjeff13
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Sweet toffee/caramel malts, and a silky smooth palate, pretty easy to drink, but not really my cup of tea, but not bad. Probably too sweet and smooth for me, lacked bite/bitterness on the finish, and nothing much was happening after the sweet malts at the start (Cask -GBBF 03')

09-29-2003 01:50:48 | More by rastaman
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

A - dark amber with a thin, soft, white head that has decent retention

S - toffee, caramel, sweet, a bit sugary

T - toffee, bread, caramel, faint sugar, sweet, faint bitter finish

M - a bit crisp, medium bodied, sticky

This isn't a bad beer. It's smooth, flavorful, and highly drinkable. It's a bit malty at times, but a slight bitterness adds some balance. It's worth a try.

09-12-2012 00:33:45 | More by tdm168
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Theakston XB
12 oz. bottle, $2.03 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton MD
Code date illegible

Theakston XB. You can't really get any more English than that, can you? It's one of the old classics.

It's an "extra" bitter, clocking in at 4.6% alcohol by volume. The dark amber colored body appears almost russet brown while sitting atop the bar; and the frothy, almost light tan foam leaves dozens of tiny spots of lace across the glass with each sip you take.

In the nose you find yeasty fruitiness that includes apples, a bit of red grape, a touch of some dried dark fruit, and a suggestion of spice. It's malty as well, with a bit of dark caramel and toffee. Finally, a light whiff of floral and grassy hops rounds it out.

The flavor very much follows the nose, but you'll also find that there's a light touch of mineral character to it; and more hop flavor than you might have expected. It's moderately bitter, leaving it well rounded and very drinkable. Some malt lingers in the mouth in the aftertaste, but the bitterness, mineral character, and leafy, spicy, and herbal hop notes dry it nicely.

With enough character to keep it interesting beyond a pint or two, and just 4.6% abv, it makes a great session ale. Nicely done!

12-13-2011 22:11:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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MrKennedy

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

500ml bottle from Warners at the Bay, poured into a Samuel Smith's nonik style pint glass.

Pours a copper colour, with golden edges. Clear appearance, no haze whatsoever. Off-white head of foam that measured two fingers and rested at a centimetre, lacing sporadically.

Smell is enticing. Bread, malt and a very light coloured honey aroma all stay round for the entire tasting.

Taste has some flat spots, a little watery at times. However, it is based around a nice malty, bread character with some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is decently bodied with a quite dry finish.

A very decent English ale, crazily sessionable. Disappointed i didn't stumble across this in an entire week in Yorkshire.

12-04-2011 08:33:51 | More by MrKennedy
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Iaido

Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-03-2014 16:25:58 | More by Iaido
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leinie13

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%

11-17-2012 01:45:26 | More by leinie13
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robotiks

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-16-2014 01:54:03 | More by robotiks
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erialbill

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-14-2014 13:33:30 | More by erialbill
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pleasewearpants

California

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

Makes me want to go on a fox hunt.
Smells, looks, and tastes British.

Deep copper color with extreme clarity. Nice tan-tinted head. Aroma is very rustic, with caramel, oiled boot, and hearty bread notes. Good carbonation accentuates the caramel and wood flavors. Finishes clean with a slight malt aftertaste.

Very pleased by this one. Would like to check it out on cask some time.

08-27-2011 22:51:49 | More by pleasewearpants
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Bung

Michigan

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%

Pint 0.9. bronzy pour, thin layer of white head. Just a little left sticking to the glass.

Aroma, Mostly toffee, some toasted malt.

Taste, Malty caramel, lightly toasted malt. Some leather and tea. Mild English hopping. White grape or yellow raisin. Some woody chocolate as well.

Heavy side of light bodied, good level of cabonation keeps this mostly sweeter brew drinking pretty easy. I bet this is really excellent on draft. Good English session brew.

08-25-2013 03:00:06 | More by Bung
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev 0%

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: L142-KE--02:42. Sampled on June 27, 2013.

Looks like a British Bitter with its medium amber pour and long lasting off-white head that leaves lacing on the side.

The aroma is bold with caramel malts, butterscotch, and sweetness with a milder hop note.

The body is creamy and in the medium range.

The taste is full of sweet sugary malts, caramel, toffee, and the like with only a modest bitterness at the end. This is something that I would quaff down in a British pub.

06-28-2013 01:32:47 | More by puboflyons
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours copper with a small head.
Nose shows floral and earthy hops with toffee, caramel and bready malt underneath.
Similar toffee and caramel as flavours along with the floral hops and peach blossom. Unfortunately the finish is slightly metallic.
Body feels a bit too heavy.

03-01-2012 09:02:27 | More by CrazyDavros
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, it smells like dried fruit, nuts, toffee, apples, caramel, and bready malt. The brew tastes mostly like the aroma, it tastes like toffee, red grapes, toffee, caramel, dried fruit and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think this is a solid brew, it's certainly worth trying for $3.49 a bottle. I thought it was a nice surprise, it was better than I expected it to be.

03-23-2012 23:42:10 | More by bluejacket74
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

03-03-2012 16:44:21 | More by mdillon86
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LJWalker

Alabama

4/5  rDev +7%

02-01-2012 04:07:32 | More by LJWalker
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nebula1999

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7%

08-25-2013 02:14:12 | More by nebula1999
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wedge

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Clear deep amber under a small head that settles to a considerable bubbly ring. Fruity English yeast esters are well balanced with a toffee and bread malt base. More of the same with the flavor...lightly sweet malt, black tea, leather, honey, spicy/floral hops, and more fruity esters. Medium bodied and light on the carbonation. Drying with a delicate tartness. Nothing particularly special, but nice.

05-19-2012 01:16:40 | More by wedge
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-29-2014 20:03:06 | More by BrazilianAussie
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

01-11-2012 23:21:21 | More by richbrew
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Theakston XB from T & R Theakston Ltd.
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