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Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

Adnams Broadside Strong OriginalAdnams Broadside Strong Original

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very good

175 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%

Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 08-26-2003)
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Reviews by cypressbob:
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a ruby body, fluffy tan head with fairly good retention and lacing

Smell, malty aroma, sweetness also coming through

Taste, hefty malty body with a tart sweetness, nice hop bitterness on the finish, bready, body almost like a belgian

A nice strong ale, not on par with fullers 1845 but its different, good stuff

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 19:23:29 | More by cypressbob
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3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark mahogany/crimson color with white head

Smell - toffee, cherries, green apple

Taste - toffee, cherries, hint of green apple

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, low carbonation, sweet upfront, astringent in the finish

Overall - decent beer that I'm glad to have tried

Price Point - $3.99/500ML bottle

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3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The bottled version of Broadside is 'old school', the cask offering now down to 4.7% ABV.

500ml Bottle, poured into two old 'Home Ales' half-pint countryman tankards on 6 Aug 2013: the wife wanted some! She too likes a malty, sweet English beer.

Looks the part, deep, dark brown with a full and rich tanned beige foaming crown.

Malty molasses rule the aroma and taste: this is a warming, malty brew. Caramel and toffee flavours vie for dominance within both the smell and overall taste. Hops arrive late in the mouth, giving a semi-dry finish and settle the whole thing down a little.

A classic malty British Best Bitter: ideal for those with a sweet tooth like myself.

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Pours out a clear, very dark brown with a hint of ruby red. A light brown head which goes down quickly but retains a thin layer.

A strong smell of dark berries and currents. A little bit biscuity.

Initial taste is very sweet, of brown sugar with a strong fruity flavour. A vert pleasant fruitcake and hoppy aftertaste with a hint of caramel.

Has a fairly thick and creamy feel in the mouth with a slight carbonation.

Overall, not the usual beer I would go for but enjoyable none the less. I would not have guessed the strong alcohol content and it wasn't as thick or filling as I expected which is a good thing for me. A beer which is very different to most which I would recommend.

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500ml bottle poured into pint glass20/12/12 cheers Chris for the bottle and having such an awesome name

A a clear reddish copper with about as many bubbles as you could fit in a glass, a thumbs width of dense tan foam has great retention ending up as a pencil eraser top like island and leaves lots of random lace, sexy looking stuff

S a nutty malt monster with some nice fruity notes and lots of brown sugar both crystal and burnt, some earthy notes and the smell is quite strong, I can smell it from the table

T much like the nose with a fruit packed, nutty caramel bar thing going on that works well, some faint spice, lots of caramels and earthy hops, packed with flavor

M medium-full with mellow carbonation that give it a creamy feel, I almost expected it to be foamy and airy after seeing how carbonated it looks but everything's well done in this department

O solid stuff and a good example of an English Strong ale, malty and the booze is well hidden, I'd say this would make a good session beer but it would end up being a short session at 6.3% its pretty easy to drink

I really had no idea what to expect and it turned out to be pretty solid, I'm wondering what else this brewery's getting up to and I may just go out of my way to find out

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The bubbles are a tad zingy, and lightly cutting, but settle to a support role for the most part, the body a decent medium weight, and maybe a bit too tight and manor-ish to be dubbed really all that smooth. It finishes off-dry, the caramel/toffee sweetness deeply tempered by a lingering musty, old fruitiness, and the stalwart noble hops.

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Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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