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Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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88
very good

191 Ratings
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86
very good

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | 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

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Beer added by: jdhilt on 08-26-2003

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB date of July 2011. The label mentions that this was brewed in commemoration of the battle of Sole Bay. The stylised image of a navel battle is cool. I received this for Christmas as part of a gift pack - cheers!

Poured into a pint glass. A deep reddish-brown colour with strong carbonation. Produces a thick, creamy off-white head that subsides slowly but remains for the entire glass. A rich malty aroma with a whiff of alcohol. Notes of burnt/roasted malt. Warm and inviting.

The taste is dark malt with good bitterness. Plenty of roasted malt on the palate, as well as burnt flavours. No obvious hoppy notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy with mild astringency. Leaves a rounded bitter aftertaste.

An excellent dark ale, and well worth seeking out. Achieves a great balance between the dark malt and hops bitterness. I'd have this again....

Photo of Finite
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark red to deep ruby brown in colour with a tight, brilliant clarity. Medium fine carbonation releasing into a medium, surprisingly small head but creamy and lightly tanned. Light lacing on the glass.

S- Dull while cold but when warmer. Golding hops and alcohol resin, lacquer-like phenols. Hits of fruit and a smooth light cigar-like smoke.

T- Sweet toffee dark and medium roasted malts. Brown sugar, pine sugar, caramel, molasses, alcohol phenols, Floral rosy hops, smokey undertone. Green bitterness of hops lingering on the palate.

M- Sticky, full bodied thick sweet malts. Delicate biting carbonation leaving a residual cleanliness of hop bitterness.

D- For a Full bodied beer you could probably session this which speaks alot for it despite the flavors. A great beer. I have a soft spot for this style but this is top class.

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.

Photo of SteveDavies
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

6.3% 50cl bottle from The Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Poured into a pint glass, a brown / ruby colour, minimal lacing. Smells of cherries, sultanas, prunes and malt obvious. Tasted strongly of rich fruit and malt with a bitter finish on the palate. Body is good with a satisfying feel and not over carbonated. One of these beers was enough for me.

Photo of mjgarrett2
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Dark chestnut brown, slightly translucent, pale beige head with good lacing.

S-Bright, clean, citrus freshness. Mild hint of hops.

T-Earthy malts up front, but not overly sweet. Almost reminds me of hay. Mild hops with a tart fruit finish.

M-Pretty mellow with the sharper flavors coming on the back end. Flavors tend to stick to one part of the mouth and not disperse evenly.

D-Not terrible, but the tartness accumulates overtime making the bitter aspects somewhat abrasive. Could be slightly more balanced

Photo of funkengruven
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new find, this poured a nice very dark amber, with a slight off white head and tons of lace. Smell is malty, some alcohol, some dried fruit in there as well. This is reflected in the flavor as well, hops and some prune aroma is present, it's very bold but quite nice. Mouthfeel is complex as you have the bitterness, alcohol and sweetness all coming together. Drinkability is decent but because of how much the alcohol stands out and how bold the flavor is, I wouldn't session this.

Overall this was a good find and I'd get it again to enjoy once in a while with a heavy meat dish.

Photo of ludachris
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and rich hazy amber brown with ruby red highlights and one finger of off white, filmy head that surprisingly leaves a decent amount of lace.

Notes of juicy cherries, red grapes, and sticky raisons are all encompassed by a bready malt character making for a great similarity with fresh fruit cake. Alcohol is also present with hints of toffee in the background. If the nose was a bit more pronounced, this would make for an exceptional smelling beer.

The assertion of the alcohol is furthered in the taste which I find a bit odd considering it's only 6% ABV, but it adds a nice warming feel to the experience. The fruit cake essence is still there but less pronounced and paired with a mineral-like character that adds a slight bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and dry. A bit more balance with the alcohol and fruity flavours would have been nice, but this beer is still good without.

Overall, a solid brew, but seems to be in need of some minor tweaking. I was surprised at how pronounced the alcohol was in both the nose and in the taste, considering that it's not much higher than the standard percentage. The sweet, fruit cake character in the nose was the highlight of the beer for me. This one's a good alternative in terms of pricing to Fuller's offering, but in terms of quality, I'd stick with Fuller's.

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.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish brown/copper color. Creamy off-white head, medium sized.

S - Fruity smells along with some slight orange hops and toffee malt.

T - A good amount of dark fruit and spice (kind of like a slightly toned down Quad). A good amount of caramel and maltiness up front. There is slight hopiness that provides a touch of citrus and earthiness that evens out the beer. Alcohol taste is slightly there (more than I would expect) and gives it a warming affect.

M - Pretty creamy and smooth, medium bodied, and low carbonation.

D - The flavors are bold and fairly strong, yet balanced. The alcohol is present and warming but not so much that I would feel bad having another one. Really a pretty drinkable beer.

Notes: Good, balanced beer. Most of the flavor is malt and fruit, but it has enough hop flavor to balance out.

Photo of NightINgale
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a tulip pint glass...

A - Light brown body, with a ruby glow to it. Rich off-white head, with some good lacing, and pretty good retention. Not very carbonated.

S - Loads of fruit notes; cherries, raisins, grapes. Slightly nutty, with a good caramel malty backbone. Somewhat floral as well, with a faint hint of citrusy hops. I could pick up a little bit of the yeast, which have a very English aroma. So far so good.

T - There was a lot going on. First I got a very fruity malt taste (with hints of cherry, dried fruit, and red grape), somewhat sweet, with loads of caramel and a hint of roastiness. Then the bitterness kicked in, leaving some floral hop notes on the palate. This beer indeed had a fruit cake-like taste to it, and reminded me of a red wine or port. The finish was bitter, with some breadiness to it.

M - Somewhat boozy (but not over the top), with a winter warmer feel to it. Medium-bodied (or slightly thicker than medium) and very lightly carbonated. A touch of spiciness on the tongue could be felt.

D - Not the most drinkable ale, and definitely not a session one. However, it was quite pleasant to drink. I also paired it with some aged cheddar cheese, which was an excellent combination.

Photo of ecoastman
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generally, Engish ale isn't one of my favourite styles but this one is probably one of my favourites so far. I'd have another.

This beer is dark with a nice red copper hue. The head starts thick and dense but recedes to a spotty layer with some nice lacing.

It has a very clean nose - almost too clean. There is some nice faint caramel maltiness that is balanced well with hop. The aroma improves as it warms up to release some nuttier tones.

The first thing that is outstanding is the smooth mouthfeel. The soft start transitions to a watery, yet slightly creamy feel into light courseness in the finish. Like most English Ales, the carbonation is on the lower side but this one isn't too flat.

The flavour is like the smell - very clean. The malt is light and not too sweet - some mild caramel, molasses tones. The finish is more prominent with enough hop to give it a good low-level of grapefruit bitterness which lingers well after the drink.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry fruits and some dry caramel malt is mildly interesting. Taste is also a balanced mix between some medium dry figs and raisins with some notes of dry caramel malt. Body si about average with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. I thought the aroma had some fruity ester that could have lead tom something interesting but the taste couldn't really match up with the rest -not bad overall but I won't seek this again necessarily.

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.

Photo of MrHall
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle bought at LCBO BBD - poured into a chimay goblet (I know, I know)

Soapy white head that disappears and leaves bubbles. A little lacing.

Smells of cherries and maybe blackberries.

Yeah, there's a lot of maltiness there, but I do actually sense a bitter trying to poke throught the middle. Other than that, it's all fruit.

Considering I'm drinking it out of a goblet, lots of carbonation I find. I like it as it cut through the sweetness a bit.

Not a bad after dinner drink, but the carbonation might be a bit filling. I'll pick up a few more before they're gone.

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.

Photo of mintjellie
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby body topped by a pile of beige foam. The head is moderately retentive and leaves behind a spotty lace. Lots of dried fruit in the aroma; scents of raisin, current, prune, and toffee remind me vaguely of fruitcake. Maybe thats just the power of suggestion given by the blurb on the back of the bottle. Regardless, this stuff smells pretty good. It tastes of malt bread and toffee; fruit flavours at first seem more mute than the scent suggests, but come forward more as the beer warms. Earthy, floral finish provides a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth. Flavourful and balanced, I plan on drinking more of these while it's still to be found on LCBO shelves.

Photo of DerBayer
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a beautiful ruby to chestnut colour with froth but slightly soapy off-white head

The smell is slightly alcoholic and dark fruit - not much else

The tatste is of strong malt with dark cherries and plums upfront followed by bitter hops

The mouthfeel is adequate but nothing special and the hops leave a slightly unpleasant bitter aftertyaste which makes the beer challenging after the first couple of sips.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What's this? A new imported strong ale at the LCBO?

Done. And. Done.

Lovely looking bottle, shaped almost like a bullet. Poured into a nonic. A deep, dark ruby, one inch thick head. Loads of spidery lacing. Very nice.

The smell is not this brew's strongpoint, but gets a bit more discernible with warmth. Mostly roasted malts, bread, a bit of fruit (plums and cherries).

A terrific English bitter ale. Intensely flavourful, with nice roasted maltiness up front, fruitiness in the middle (cherry, plums, apples), tart bitterness at the finish. I get a slight taste of alcohol, but not enough to be a problem.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but still terrific. Right amount of carbonation. The bitterness lingers long after each sip.

Just a terrific ale. Well worth a try if you like the style, certainly good for a session, although the ABV is certainly high enough to warrant caution.

Photo of smanders
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a hand pull at The George in Spaldwick. Nothing better than a beer to go with pizza and the locals all raved about the Broadside Original.

This is a dark brown/red beer with an off-white head that smells like overripe fruit, toffee, and nuts. The taste is very sweet (caramel & toffee) with a little bitterness in the finish.

I wouldn't recommend this with pizza, but by itself, it's a respectable ale.

Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.