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Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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155 Reviews
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Reviews: 155
Hads: 198
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 14
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: jdhilt on 08-26-2003

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Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are definitely not the strong suit of this beer. Slight toasted pale and sweet caramel malts. The earthy English hops are most prevalent but not "fresh" if that makes sense.

The tastes begin with a solid Marris Otter English pale malt backbone with complementary lesser caramel sweet maltiness. Hope soon join the picture; strong bitterness from the spicy and earthy English hops. Really one of the better/lingering bitter flavor profile of any English beer I have had lately. As it warms you get some nice English fruit yeast flavor contributions.

Mouthfeel is medium-full mouthfeel that makes the beer a pleasure to drink. Hops add a nice drying finish. Overall this is definitely one of the better English Strong Ales I have had in recently memory. ABV is well masked and the flavors and pleasant bitter finish make up for the average aromas. Recommended over the ESB from Adanams; both are good, but not revolutionary, but that is not their purpose.

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Photo of Derek
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, orangish-brown with a creamy, off-white head. Good retention & lacing.

S: Fruity (like jube-jubes), earthy-orange, nut bread.

T: Earthy, orange rind, jube-jube fruitiness, chocolate, dark caramel, nuts. Good bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderately full body is smooth with a little prickly acidity & a relatively dry finish.

D: Very approachable, but the flavour was a little tiring.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The return of this beer to the LCBO shelves this winter allows me a chance to review it as I missed out last time, so here we go.
A clear ruby liquid emerges from the nicely designed bottle, cascading into the glass forming a robust off white head. The retention is quite admirable it and runs the full length of the drink albeit in a diminished form. Admirable amounts of lacing cling to the glass marking the steady decent of the brew.

Smell the beer reveals powerful whiffs of burnt sugar and caramel followed by the characteristic fruity aromas (candied cherries, raisins and dates) one comes to expect in British ales. Floral hops modestly perfume the beer mixing nicely with subtle nutmeg spiciness. As we near the bottom of the glass hints of alcohol and slight off smells of vegetable begin to creep through.

Rich malt is the backbone of the flavour here and it is prevalent throughout. Balancing this is the astringency provided by some of the darker malts and more potently that of bitter hops. Spicy notes such as nutmeg and cinnamon mixed in honey give nice warming flavours and blend well with the puckering bitterness. Toasty almonds add a final touch to the illusive malt palate.
The rich malty character belies a very light refreshing body with a slightly rough edge due to the high bitterness.

A solid example of a British ale great and at 6.3% ABV good for warming one up this time of the year.

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Photo of iguenard
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( 39/50, 6% alc/vol, Home) Very thick and chunky head of thick bubbles of light brown color. Leaves lace everywhere. Beautiful pinkish-brown color. You'll see… filtered and hazey. Usually, expired beer doesn’t smell this good. There's gotta be a catch! Strawberry tartness and chocolate vanilla. Some esters of banana cream pie. Light but for an english ale, wow! There's the catch! The metal aftertaste of an expired brew. I really want to try this new and fresh or on draft! Bitter finish ruined by metal. Could be on the over-bitter side. Silky smooth, medium thick body. Warm and sensuous on the tongue. Small tickle of carbonation. Slight sour. Nutty and Sweet. Oh! How dissapoointing, smelled and looked like a clear winner. Still very nice brew, smooth, bitter and aromatic and warm.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a one finger head with ok retention and recedes to a good film on the surface of the beer. Also leaving some remnants on the inside of the glass. Colro is a bread crust deep copper with no lacing.

Smell- A little sugary sweeet bread aroma with the good old Goldings hops make their subtle appearance in my nostrils as well.

Taste- Not bad, a little sweetness mixed with lots of bready flour and biscuits. A few earthy flavors hit the middle of the tongue. with a bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel- A little dry and sweet, but mostly refreshing. This beer kind of made my palate feel relaxed.

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Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy copper/brown color. At first, a large beige head forms, but it recedes to a ring quickly. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet toasted malt with some fruity aromas of pears and apples.
T: Sweet toasted malt. Caramel and a nutty flavor. Fruity flavors that follow the nose. Some interesting spices as well.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated and creamy. The ABV is only at 6%, but it is still a little hot. Something to sip on.

A good English Strong Ale. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a long lasting head and good lacing. The aroma is of fruity malts with raisin bread and overripe banana hints. The taste rich with a lot of malts up front and a few hops in the back. Hops show themselves the most in the finish, with some mild bittering. This Tastes like a Scotch Ale with a bit more hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is thick with active carbonation. The drinkability and mouthfeel of this beer are somewhat dinged by a pronounced sweetness that lasts till the finish.

Overall this beer is decent though nothing special. Its worth a try but its a little one dimensional with the malts.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml, best by 7/31/11. Gift from a friend, and I haven't had (reviewed) a British ale in a while.

Pours a slightly hazy, coppery amber with a fantastic creamy head. Nice sheets of lacing.

The nose has a big dose of woody hops, though not much else.

Very bitter strong ale here. The middle reveals some nice malt complexity, with a burnt caramel goodness and toasty notes. Little bit of tang and ale fruitiness. The finish is very dry and woody. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy with medium-low carbonation. I appreciate the hop bitterness, but I feel this is unbalanced in the end. In addition, the (moderate) alcohol content is pretty noticeable.

This is a solid beer, though nothing I'd seek out.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Unusual bottle, best by, blurb about the Battle of Sole Bay in 1672. Longer version is on the four pack container. 6%, good number for an ESB. Pours a little darker than I thought, maroon or ruby highlights. Too dark I think.

S: Very good; darker fruits than the style would normally have: fig or currant. Dark malt, slight yeast emerges.

T: Not exactly what I associate with Extra Special Bitter. This is definitely a strong bitter, although not particularly bitter. The hop profile is largely in the background, I get dark fruits, some citric hop but not much [not much citric either; the packaging says marmalade, who am I to disagree], and mostly roasty malt.

M: Rather thick, more so as the beer warms. Unusually for an ESB, I would recommend serving cold. Good quote from an occasional beer drinker: "It tastes like cough syrup."

D: Not great, the end of one makes you not really want another. Not crisp and refreshing or particularly true to the style. It's a good beer, but not really what it says it is. Recommended for dark Belgian ale fans moreso than British IPA/bitter fans.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine British ale, just brought in to Smokeless Joe's. A good malting job with carmel, very clean and refreshing. Slightly drying aftertaste. The aroma contains the malt and the hops and it is acceptable. Very drinkable. Good white head, easy drinking. Understated carbonation.
Had again a month later and good bitterness.

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Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased at the LCBO.

Pours a cloudy dark orange, brownish hue, tight off white head forms, slightly fizzy, quickly settles itself down to a thin ring, no real lace to speak of. Smell is nice and malty, caramel, raisins, hint of metallic, some citrus, brown sugar, very fruity, a bit woody, nice. Taste is similar, very malty and sweet, lots of brown sugar and caramel up front, raisins, bread, very fruity, berries and cherries, bit of orange, metallic finish with a bit of chocolate milk, light alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, pretty thick for its ABV, with medium carbonation, with warmth from the alcohol. Not bad stuff, big malty brew thats easy to drink, but kind of simplistic and the alcohol is apparent.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
6.3% ABV
I tried this beer on August 1, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a very dark brownish red, with a thin tan head. The aroma was caramel malt, and wood. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy, and medium carbonated. The flavour was caramel malt, some spice, and a little bit of hops.

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Photo of bobsy
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely decorated bottle illustrating an old British Warship. The name commemorate the battle of Sole Bay in 1672, where the English navy faced off against the Dutch. Purchased at the LCBO.

A majestic ruby stream eventually fills my pint glass to the brim, stirring up a rocky tan foam that strains at the edges. The liquid is dark, and very lightly hazy, yet also beguiling. The head leaves gratuitous lacing all the way down. Its porn for foam addicts. Good head indeed. Fruity malt aroma has a good scoop of yeast and some nice spicing to tempt the tastebuds. The only offputting feature is the occasional intrusion of a metallic nature, which doesn't help maintain the pleasant impression I've had so far.

The taste screams full on malt bomb with a barrage of caramel and toffee punching holes through a very thin bitterness to such an extent that it can only really become more prominent in the finish. In fact, the hops seem to be adrift at sea, and I think could play a slightly fuller role to round this one out. Overall the flavour profile reminds me a lot of Fuller's 1845, but with a touch less balance. The mouthfeel is full and satisfying - one would almost say chewy - which compliments the toffee and caramel profile nicely.

Overall, its a satisfying drink for colder weather. The remaining sugars make this a sweet (but not sickly) sipper, with just the right amount of body to provide the depth and meat of a heavy hitter.

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Photo of BeerHonky
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Light khaki colored head about a fingers worth dissipated down to a super thin lace around the edge of the glass. Good looking amber, reddish color that is slightly and evenly cloudy. Very little visible carbonation. The nose is full of yeasty, green apples and extra ripe pear mixed with a strong malt sweetness. There's also a small amount of noticeable alcohol. Medium body that is creamy, smooth with a little bit of stickyness. The beer seems to be fuller through the back, pronouncing its big malt back bone after getting a quick blast of buttery, fruity yeast esters and English hop flavor. Slight medicinal/solvency aftertaste. Not too drinkable in my opinion but an interesting brew to say the least.

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Photo of edchicma
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad offering....nice dark amber appearance with a decent head, however smell was abit faint with a light malty note. Taste was sweet on the front with a very nice biiter finish. Mouthfeel was a bit too oily for me and that reduced my overall rating. Likewise, due to the oil quality, I reduced my drinkability rating.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6.30% abv, 500mL bottle. Poured at fridge temp into a pint glass.

Solid offwhite head, 2.5cm, leaving superb lacing all over the glass as I drink it down. Some erratic clouding on top with full coverage. Wow. Hazy brownish-amber body, perfectly opaque.

I'm a bit stuffed up and it's a bit cold right now but I get banana bread, caramel, light fruitiness on the nose. Mildly alcoholic. Maltily simple.

Feel is quite thick and syrupy, with malt sweetness on the palate, a bit of heat. Very smooth though, carbonation is appropriate. Finish is on dark fruits, toasted malt, burnt sugar. Hmmm. I like the look and aroma more but this isn't too bad.

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Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a see through mahogany hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger fast vanishing head with sporadic lacing,the smell is xmas pudding,brandy and earthy hops,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel and has tastes of xmas pudding,caramel,burnt toffee,fruit bread and finished with a plum jam dryness and definately moreish and overall a nice drop thats very drinkable and hides its high ABV very well.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ABV 6,3
Ruby-brown beer with decent off-white head, some lacing. Low carbonation, fruit nose - grapes, prunes & sweet malt. Crisp taste with well expressed alcohol, also fruits and caramel, lingering on the tongue for minutes after beer is over. Warming & balanced ale.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep copper colour that's almost clear. Head dissipated quickly with no lacing but there could be a temperature issue there as it came straight from the fridge.
Aromas were caramel and hop but not quite leaping out of the glass. Flavour is caramel, toffee and a bit bready with a crisp bitter finish. Not super complex but still tasty. A risk of booziness but restrained enough not to spoil the balance and mouthfeel. Not the best strong ale but enjoyable and relatively inexpensive.

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Photo of TerryW
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Walnut colour with a big chunky head that settles to a heavy film and leaves lots of lace. Impressive.

Unremarkable nose, just a little dark fruit and a whiff of malt. This is a muscular beer tastewise though. Solidly bitter, evenhanded malt and hops. A hint of dark fruit. Leaves an impression of black licorice. Finishes with dry lingering bittereness. Interesting, not for the faint of heart. Initiallt too spritzy, but quicklt settles down and edges towards syrupy.

Higher than normal alcohol content, but well managed, just warms you up nicely.

Interesting, worth a try, quite substantial.

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Photo of AEK
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Deep autumnal red accompanied by an off white, ever so slightly tanned head.

S. Roasted malt, toffee, banana.

T. Winey, pruney notes, possible bitter chocolate and banana, slight hints of cough candy sweets, fruity malt with a good hop bitterness.

M. Full bodied and slightly carbonated.

D. I admit that this beer is not my favourite tiple nor is it my least favourite by any means. A good, robust brew from Southwold that is a good session drinking beer, be careful how you go though, at 6.3%ABV give it the respect it deserves.

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Photo of joecast
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ok adnams. ill give you another shot after the disappointment of your ssb (and this was already in the fridge anyway). i hope to see a marked improvement.
best before 7/06 6.3% abv

pours deep mahogany with a lightly tanned stable head. sufficient carbonation. leaves lacing befitting the arrogant bastard pint glass into which it was poured.

bready malty aroma. nail polish remover plays up the alcohol a bit. label says 6.3%abv, smells like much more. not much on the hops.

malt hits the mouth hard. slightly on the sweet side, but not by much. slightly drying finish. hop presence is there, but only just. tough to get a good measure on the bitterness/flavor of the hops as the malt seems to bully its way around the tastebuds.

overall, id say this is a bit young. change the label to "best after" and it would probably mellow out nicely. not much on the hops fresh, so you wont lose much there. and let the malt "settle" a bit.
better yet, bottle condition it, age it a year, and you've got yourself a damn fine strong/old ale. come on, you know you want to.

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Photo of ghurux86
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown with a pillowy light tan head. leaves some lacing but not a lot.
smells that i notice are hops, malt, grapes, and others.
taste is malty up front, with a hoppy bitterness shining through at the end. pretty good.
mouthfeel is good; smooth and not too thin, carbonation isn't too heavy
drinkability is good as well, even with the bitterness i could drink quite a few more and be happy.
a pretty good beer that's worth a try.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beer of the month club selection.
Poured a medium copper with abundant off-white head. Smell is very malts combined with dark fruits (plums, raisins). Taste is fruity mixed with a nice hoppy bitterness. Finishes smooth. Good drinking beer. Thanks to BA mtanji for the sample.

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Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.