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Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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88
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Photo of TwoForty
5/5  rDev +27.9%

TwoForty, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Offa
4.93/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful example of a characterful English ale that achieves great richness and complexity on relatively modest strength.

Deep reddish brown – but bright – it has a medium off-white head that slowly thins to foamy ring and some lace.

Aroma is wonderful, rich caramelized dark bread rum-soaked dried fruits – raisins and figs – hint of gingerbread, jammy fruit, hints of metal and earth. It is very English.

Taste is similar, extremely rich and complex, engaging and lively. It has rich spicy-sweet caramelized dark breads, rum-soaked dried cherries and caramelised jam, a hint of plum pudding, strong earthy-toasty finish and earthy-spicy bitterness. It has amazing richness of character whilst remaining light and engaging. It is somewhat similar to another favourite of mine, Fuller’s 1845.

Offa, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of jonathaniler
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

jonathaniler, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of oracle
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gravity poured cask. No CO2 or Nitro was harmed in the pouring of this beer. Delivered in a traditional engish pint glass.

Beer was medium-to-dark mahogany with no head what-so-ever.

Nose was all vanilla, fruit and oak. Strong alcohol presense.

Taste was superb. Very complex. Strong malt with many other flavors mixed in, mostly fruit (plum) and some oaky flavors as well. Long drawn out finish.

Absolutely outstanding.

oracle, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of diablo14
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

putting this here as the other one is more for the lighter cask version which i have not tried.

this is one english ale that can count itself among the best going around! its not a beer i have ever had a big session on, but one that has never failed to tickle my tastebuds and a few other faculties each time ove had the pleasure of indulging.

its got a great deep ruby like color, and its apparent lack of head retention is intentional. they dont like much head on their beers in those parts of england. its location by the sea explains the strong presence of the old briny! you can smell and taste it in the brew, and adds wonderful character to a beautifully well rounded beer. there are aspects of dried fruit (raisins, currants, peel) and nice oaky overtones all backed with an insistant but not dominant malt flavor. the finish is highlighted with the classic kent goldings and fuggles hops, providing a balance of spiciness and bitterness. combined with that slightly salty taste of the sea, broadside has a touch of individuality that sets it aside from most others in this genre.

i really never notice that its quite strong, even for a traditional english ale, but that is yet another thing about broadside that makes me give it consideration every time im in the mood for a top quality beer from the u.k. i cant wait to head over there next year and get into some of this from the keg!

diablo14, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking beer that fit perfectly into my Sam Smith imperial pint glass. Beautiful deep deep orange red color. Very persistant head. Very creamy. Very intense carbonation which I'm afraid is going to ruin the mouthfeel, but it makes for a nice persistant head. Very clear for a bottle conditioned beer.

Nice aromas for sure. Get a rich smooth maltyness that is mixed subtley with light citrus aromas. Don't think that's hops. I think that is the Southwold yeast!

Very nice flavor. Rich, smooth nutty malt backbone. Very strong and proud. Just underneath it all is a bit less than firm hop bitterness that does its part, but stays in the background. Just a bit harsh in the finish. Just a bit tart really. Not bad at this level, but its close to being a fault. I think this is from the Southwold yeast. I brewed a very similar beer with Southwold yeast and it had this flavor 10 fold. This one is much more subdued and mellow. An interesting citrus sort of finish. Very nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is great!! Just right for the style. Not too thick, not too thin, just right. The carbonation doesn't affect the mouthfeel in the least. In fact it might make it just the right amount of lively.

In England they may call this a Strong Ale, but here in the states I call this a session ale. I could have many many many of these.

cerevisiaephilus, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of lackenhauser
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color-on the border of brown.Huge foamy head that slowly receeded and continued down the glass.Big malt aroma-hints of caramel.Somewhat spicy.Great flavor-malty with notes of chocolate and caramel.Big,full mouthfeel.Velvety smooth.Great residual sweetness.A great beer I could drink all night.Some of the recent British beers I have had are really lacking something-this makes up for all them in a big way.

lackenhauser, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Nose: fruity, plums, herbal hops, spicy malt.
Brilliant deep ruby brown chestnut under a light frothy tan tinted white 2" persistent head that leaves thick lacing from top to bottom.
Palate: clean malt, a subtle fruity sweetness with a touch of plum over a background of light caramel accented with light herbal hops. The hops quickly rise to balance the initial sweetness and linger pleasantly into the aftertaste. No roast malt flavors. The fruit flavors come out more as the beer warms. A hint of treacle. Balance is ever so slightly to the hops.
Medium to just below on the body, medium low carbonation.

pat61, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of RDAdams
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle was a gift from a shop owner for some advice I had given her. She thought it was an excellent beer and I had never heard of it before.

I chilled it to 62 F (16.7 C). The head was a off-white and retained almost to the final sip. The aroma was very pleasant. I would compare the taste, the mouthfeel, and the drinkability to Fullers' London Pride and note that this beer would easily be my choice over London Pride.

In the '90's I spent a few months every year in England and Scotland and made a point of drinking as many different beers as possible. So I am surprised that I never had Adnams before.

RDAdams, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper brown with a nice light brown head, decent carbonation, and sheets of lace. Sweet malty aroma and a bit nutty. Nutty malt flavors with a bit of cherry-like fruitiness; nicely balanced and not too sweet. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a drying malt finish.

Per BOM notes: Gold - 2003 GBBF - Strong Bitter.
English Maris Otter.
English Challenger, Fuggles and Goldings hops.

Lot #: 5069
Tasted: 11/07/05

RBorsato, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of zenithberwyn
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

zenithberwyn, Mar 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of StevieW
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml skiny brown bottle. Has the Adnams raised letters just under the label. The label is a shiny maroon, and navy, with a clipper ship. The back label describes the battle of Sole Bay vs the Dutch Republic in 1672 off the Southwold Coast, complete with a reproduction of a print depicting burning ships. God Bless the British Empire. I really wish I would figure out the download picture thing, this is a cool bottle of beer. Best before 27 Mar '04 cleary stamped on the back.
Deep mahogany. Rich, shiny and full.Touches of glowing ruby along the edges. Dense, creamy khaki head. Sticky, hop resiny white lace all the way down the glass. Overall a shade darker than you expect. Dark wood color is eye candy for the English Bitter lover. Malty smooth aromas underneath a hint of tradtional hops. First taste has a hint of biscuity malt and toasted bread. The bitter shot of hops follows up. A real drinking treat, this beer is super smooth creamy and soft on the tongue. Nearly melts in your mouth. Not a hint of alcohol, yet you get the idea of it's 6.3 %. Listed as an old ale, tastes like a bitter and feels like a pale ale.
Nicely hopped, bitter finish, asks you to have another taste. Supersmooth and completely drinkable. A very impressive beer in my opinion. Really worth the wait. Purchased at a grocery store near Prestwick, Scotlund and stuffed in the back of my beer fridge for the last 7 months.

StevieW, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of Lupe
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper in color with a large, beige head that slowly recedes to form a nice sheet over the liquid. Some sporadic lace is left behind. Toffee and fruit aroma with earthy hops in the backround. Very malty with caramel and toasted flavors. Green apple crosses the palate along with a buttery flavor. Earthy and lightly spicy hops balance out the malt. Finishes sweet, then drys out. Medium-full in body, very smooth and slick. Highly drinkable. Very flavorful but not too assertive. A wonderful ale.

Lupe, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. 3 months after the Best Before date, but have no fear, this beer is in great shape. Dark amber with a nice off-white head. Sweet malt aroma with subtle fruit and toffee. Chewy malt flavor flavor with a hint of fruit, and a nice hop flavor in the finish. Great balance, complexity, and drinkability. It's hard to put this one down. I would love to try this beer on cask. It must be orgasmic. Until that day, keep the 500 ml bottles coming. Great beer.

beveragecaptain, May 25, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful shade of dark red-orange-copper with a toffee colored head of firmsticky foam. Each looks great in isolation and they look even better in combination. As the cap deflates, thick strands and streamers of lace stick to the glass with authority.

The aroma is on the underpowered side. It's firmly toasted (sweet and caramel-like) as well as being moderately British hoppy. Good, but far from great.

Broadside Strong Original is very good beer. I'm not sure what distinguishes it from the lower-ABV Broadside ESB (except ABV of course), so I'll just ignore style and describe what I taste. This is a superbly well-balanced ale with plenty of ingredients. The solid-as-a-rock malt backbone delivers a lusciously sweet caramel flavor and a medium-full mouthfeel that makes the beer a pleasure to drink.

ABSO is also dark fruity and contains a hint of spiciness, possibly emanating from the well chosen, generous amount of hops. I'm especially enjoying the longish finish, during which sweet malt and earthy-spicy hops keep things balanced until long after the swallow. Its bold, yet refined, flavor makes English strong ale the perfect choice when assigning style.

I like this beer much more than I thought I would. While Adnams SSB was pretty good stuff, Broadside Strong Original is a cut above. I'd love to get my hands on the whole Adnams line, but I'm not sure they're available on this side of the pond. Recommended.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle copped for $3.99 from Wine and Liquor Outlet in Boonton...
Pours a ruby-red, mahogany-brown hue with a copious amount of lacing and a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly dissipating...
Smell was bursting with rich malts balanced by a nice suggestion of hops, caramel, and vanilla...
Taste was very similar to the smell, with noticeable manifestations of honey, vanilla, caramel, sugars, nicely balanced with a touch of hops and malts, grains, and a fresh, crisp, flavor of figs and prunes along with an obvious toffe taste and a hint of bread and butter... More malty than hoppy, but an excellent balance of both, true-to-the-style without a doubt, bursting with quality...
Overall, this one is certainly on-point for an English Strong Ale - one of the best representations I've come across... this one is the real thing - Definitely recommended with an ultra-easy level of drinkability that combined great flavor and taste without any cloying or interfering flavors... Recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 27, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured clear deep amber. The head was off-white and lasted quite a while to eventually lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and malty with cherries and caramel.

The flavor was fruity with cherry flavor and malty sweetness. In the background is a nice bitterness to balance the sweetness and keep it from overpowering the beer.

The finish was dry and bitter, but not unpleasant. The body was medium full.

16.9 ounce bottle. Marked at 6% ABV. Best before 26 Nov 04.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Adnams Broadside Original Ale- alc 6% by Vol.
1 pt .9 fl oz

Appearance: a beautiful reddish brown with a thick creamy tan head.
Smell: Floral with lotsa hops. A little piney.
Taste: very good! Bitter with a snap of hops.

Overall a very good beer. I'll buy again.

NJpadreFan, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of SwillBilly
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a deep, rich mahogony color with a 2 finger, light tan head. After head disspates a tightly bubbled, nice lacing aheres to the side of the glass.

Smell: Biscuity, with hints of sweet, caramel malt, slightly fruity, possibly apricots or currants.

Taste: Sweet caramel and fresh fruit flavors start then gives way to a slight hop bitterness at the finish. Leaves the mouth slightly dry and wanting more.

Mouthfeel is fairly chewy and creamy.

I like this one a lot. An easy drinker that is worth seeking out. 6% abv is well hidden but could catch up if sessioning this beer. Overall a very good strong ale that I would buy again.

SwillBilly, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of MillySox
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a nice off-white head. Powerful malty aroma. Nothing else to the aroma. Just lots of quality English malts. Tastes starts off a little like a burton ale, but not as soft. This has a little bite. Its bigger. The chewy, malty flavor plays around with a nice dose of floral english hops.

My last pick at the beer store. It had an attractive price. What a nice suprise!

MillySox, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of xgrigorix
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half liter borwn bottle. Best by date printed on back label.

Dull Bronze colour, reddish highlights. Dense off white head holds nicely.

Fruity aromas with a backbone of earthy hoppiness.

Caramel, dark fruit (plums & figs). Finish is quick & off dry w/ some restrained English type hop flavours. Very drinkable.

xgrigorix, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of granger10
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice deep auburn color with a creamy tan head. Fruity aroma with some hops but a little vegetable note in there as well. Taste is very creamy on the mouth with a rich caramel sweetness and good English hop hit on the backside that provides a fruityness. Slight buttery note actually helps the smoothness of this really thick, chewy bready body. It all works here. Depth is an issue and the richness could be overwhelming after a few but overall this is simply a really well made English ale.

granger10, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle from Florian's. Hazy brick-reddish/brown with around an inch of off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Diacetyl plays a big part in the aroma with a fair bit of malt. Biscuit malt and earthy hops dominate the flavor with undertones of diacetyl. Very well balanced. Full flavored. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation to support it. Drinkable as well. This is a damn good English ale. I'm quite impressed, and will deffinitely be picking this one up again.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of amicar
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer. A red- tinged brown with a creamy dense head that is of mild- medium size. Smell is wondefully complex; musky, lighly hopped aroma, some nice roasty things in there. Slight fruitiness on the nose if you look for it. More intensity of smell than most beers I've had. Taste is a nice mix of base malt and an appropriate degree of roast malts underneath giving way to a sharp little hop bite when the slight seetness fades. Good slick fullness in the mouth and stays in the mouth for a long time. It has all the intensity and complexity I love in a world- class beer, but a light enough hand in it that I could find a lot of these empty in a night. If all the bottles are this good (especially for $1.79/ pint bottle), I'm stocking up.

amicar, Jul 23, 2005
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Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.