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Wells Bombardier Reserve - The Colonel's Choice - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: EmperorBevis on 07-10-2013)
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

08-05-2014 00:40:16 | More by AlMarzo
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.26/5  rDev -8.2%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Picked up a while back from a supermarket. The label describes it as a rich, hoppy ale.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A deep orange-amber hue with some faint floating sediment and plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with hints of mild grain, barley sugar, leafy hops, subtle pepperiness/spice, a twinge of pine and fruity ale yeast. OK but unexciting.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mildly hoppy character and a bitter finish. Notes of grain, mild caramel, barley sugar, a hint of husk, peppery hops, subtle spice, delicate pine, faint grass/hay and fruity ale yeast. Slightly sweet, followed by a restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and good body. A bit too fizzy. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of subtle aromatic hops, leafy bitterness and sweet malt.

Not too shabby but not a stunner either. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are a decent blend of caramel malt and leafy, spicy hops with a touch of pine. Mild yeast esters in the background. Body is OK. Goes down without any trouble, though I was hoping the hop character would be a shade more assertive. Oh well. Worth trying but no need to track it down.

06-26-2014 22:58:31 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of windypete

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-05-2014 18:32:46 | More by windypete
Photo of Parkyman

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-12-2014 05:33:53 | More by Parkyman
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 14/09/2014, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark orangey amber colour with good clarity, coming with a thin off-white foamy head and rather mild level of carbonation.
S: caramelised orange-like fruity malts and sweet biscuity malts lead the aroma, with aromatic Styrian Goldings, orangey-citric English Goldings, apricot, herbal scent lagging behind, as well as an unmissible touch of overripe fruit acidity, likely due to the longer maturation process for this ale.
T: a good-bodied, savoury-sweet maltiness leads the flavour, backed by caramel and biscuity pale malts, hawthorn fruits, light sulphuric quality, spiciness of hops, savoury-sweet preserved fruits (like prunes) and almost licorice-like sweet dried root herbs, leading towards a rather restrained but lingering mouthfeel of hop bitterness.
M&O: lightly carbonated, medium-plus bodied, at 6%abv. but showing a decent level of attenuation, resulting in a pretty good drinkability all in all. It could've been more complex in aroma and flavour but somehow the acidic interference is not tuned well to accompany the other nice flavour elements in a harmonious way. Nice to have tried it at least once.

01-13-2014 00:30:17 | More by wl0307
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

500ml Bottle opened on 22nd Oct 13, some 6 months from it's BBD.

Looked good, a clear amber colour with a full off-white head.

The aroma was more malts and semi-sweet than hoppy when slightly chilled, as it warmed the hops took over, the same happened in the taste.

This is a very hoppy beer (for the UK), but it takes a while before they register because of the maltiness; it also has a mild marmalade on wheat bread hint within the flavours. The hops do however take over and a spicy/peppery finish prevails, very little bitterness throughout, even when the hops come to the fore.

Good body depth, a very pleasant beer: in well kept cask form it must be wonderful.

10-22-2013 14:40:39 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of MrShep

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-21-2013 19:50:52 | More by MrShep
Photo of vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +12.7%

07-20-2013 16:51:17 | More by vinicole
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a chestnut brown clear body with a 2mm dense white head

Not much of an aroma reminds me of being around brewing coppers
a whiff of barley and a definite metallic smell

The taste is actually quite good.
Definite hops presence but not that much fruit
Barley sugar hits the tongue initially the alcohol flavouring takes over
before yeasty bitterness ushers it all off the tongue

For such a strong (abv) beer it doesn't sit heavy
perhaps a little too light.
On the plus side it's easy drinking, on the downside it is slightly over fizzy.

Quite good, definitely a reminder of a cask pint of Bombardier
if it was only bottle conditioned I think we would have a great beer here
at present a competent one.

07-10-2013 23:06:33 | More by EmperorBevis
Wells Bombardier Reserve - The Colonel's Choice from Wells & Young's Ltd
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