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Theakston XB - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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105 Ratings
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

robotiks, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

civicm87, Jul 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

RCLOHR267, Jul 25, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear tea color with a proper head that leaves a respectable amount of lacing

Smell: Plummy, with caramel apple and earthy tones

Taste: Fruity, at first, with plum apple tones melting into toffee; earthy bitterness builds in the mid-palate but fades, after the swallow; the finish is grainy and slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not quite at the ESB level as this is more sessionable, it is,nevertheless, a pretty good beer; I would like to see the bitterness raised a notch but that may be a function of the age of the bottle as the bottling date is in a code I cannot discern

brentk56, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

DrBass, Jun 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

BeerDreadz, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

erialbill, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

oriolesfan4, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Iaido, May 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

zenithberwyn, Mar 31, 2014
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BrazilianAussie, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

MisledTitan, Mar 03, 2014
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BarleyBeatsGrapes, Feb 09, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

Axnjxn, Jan 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

BillRoth, Jan 25, 2014
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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.

Cresant, Jan 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

AGust82, Nov 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

lic217, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

cdtoffers, Sep 16, 2013
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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.

jazzyjeff13, Sep 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Johnq1964, Aug 25, 2013
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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.

Bung, Aug 25, 2013
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Theakston XB from T & R Theakston Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.