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Theakston XB - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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BA SCORE
84
good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.33%


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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-19-2013 00:25:50 | More by drtth
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml into a tulip.

pours a dark orange/brown with a nice head with great lacing. the smell is big on toffee and malts...nice actually! taste is slightly bitter...toffee not very apparent. kind of "plain" but expected for the style. easy drinking and tastes like a higher ABV than it is. toffee comes through slightly on the finish. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall enjoyable. obviously not a world beater here but good.

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01-27-2014 03:23:52 | More by Axnjxn
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01-25-2014 22:12:34 | More by BillRoth
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3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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09-04-2013 23:09:44 | More by jazzyjeff13
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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WissBrauSean

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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear light brown to amber colour with a nice foamy one finger head that lasts as a full ring around the glass and leaves an nice woman's bottom pattern on the glass. I made sure that I poured this at about 55 degrees F from the bottle into the standard pint glass.

The aroma comes off to me as straightforward caramel malt sweetness with some hints of fruts (diacetyl) and not much else. My nose is stuffed so that is a hindrance. Dang sinusitis.

The taste is of caramel malt when it hits the tongue and as it rolls across towards the back the carbonation brings a nice hop taste to the top. I think that may be the bramling cross hops and they are kind of earthy and nice. The hop flavour then becomes a little bitter on the back of the tongue and leaves you very lightly dry. This is well balanced for sure.

Mouthfeel is well balanced between sweet and hop dry and a light to moderate body. The carbonation is also light to moderate and the finish is slightly dry with a hint of black pepper.

Overall, I would have to say that this is an excellent ESB! Without looking at the ratings I would have to say that it is approaching world class. I was a little disappointed in the thinness of the body, just a little more would have set me off! But it is definitely a beer to recommend and drink again! 4 out of 5 would be the very least that I would score this beer as!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:10:48 | More by WissBrauSean
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Theakston XB from T & R Theakston Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.