Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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88
very good

196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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 biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep and dusky brick red with a coy glint of pumpkin orange. It is by no means opaque but only shadows are visible on the other side. Tan coloured, ice cream float textured head is bespattered around the entirety of my pint glass. This lace lingers and lasts and sticks like glue. Looks great!

The aroma - dare I say it - could almost be considered spicy. Upfront the smell is very yeasty with subtle hints of ginger or nutmeg. Actually it's a definite cinnamon like spice character and this become more prevalent with warming. Beneath it lay a sticky, toffee laced, kind of scotch like layer of malts. The two compliment each other nicely.

Come flavour, the malt puts the petal to the metal and kick most yeasty notes to the curb. Sure there are residual hints of ginger or cinnamon but largely this is a big, sweet, sticky malty beast. Scorched butterscotch and toffee taste scraped from the bottom of a hop bed. There's a drop of scotch taste in there, too.

Those notes of butterscotch and toffee do quite literally taste scorched, and as result, the taste comes out a little astringent. There is a heavy-handed bitterness that compounds this but the end result is still something considerably mild. This definitely has the characteristic "sessionable" drinkability that a good English pint should.

This may be a lot more tame than something like the Fuller's Vintage Ale, but it reminds me strongly of it. It doesn't have the peeking alcohol or the intensity of flavour but it does have the same kind of satisfaction come an empty glass. This works for me on so many levels: pints at the pub, a full goblet near the fireplace, or with a hearty meal come cool weather.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark and hazy ruby red, really good tan foam. Rocky and creamy.

S - Hoppy and malty. Typical EPA qualities. Slight sharpness with a hint of grain and coffee.

T - Kind of a heavy beer. Slightly metallic and nutty with coffee and fruitiness. Fairly bitter finish.

M - Medium-heavy without being creamy. Medium carbonation.

D - Somewhat complex. Not a sessioning beer. Fairly tasty and worth trying.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark orange-brown with a nice thick off-white head. Very good retention. Thick spiderweb lacings.

Not much to the aroma surprisingly. Awful sweet with a metallic twang.

As advertised on the back of the bottle; Plenty of big dark malt flavours, fruitcake and preserved fruit with a solid toffee backbone. Surprisingly resiny hop finish, slightly piney. Subdued bitterness.

Nice body but carbonation seems a little much. Too spritzy for the malty flavours you get IMHO.

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.

Photo of CWiggins
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I came across this ale while visiting Top Brews in Burlington. This is one I don't believe I've seen before, even in some of the more better-stocked establishments.

The color is dark brown with reddish highlights. A thin, tan head appears briefly, but it soon dissipates and leaves nothing behind. Aromas of toasted malts, caramel are prominent, while scents of dark, ripe fruit lurk in the background. "Burnt honey" is the best way I can describe the flavor. Caramel, brown sugar, and a mild, fruity sweetness are also noticeable. The finish is more hoppy than I imagined it would be, with a sight biscuit-like flavor accenting the aftertaste. This aftertaste also contains a bit a sweet caramel, and lingers for an appreciable amount of time. As with many beers, it contains too much carbonation for my taste; there's just more fizz, and that negatively affects the mouthfeel.

Interesting brew, but I'll have to seek out more examples of this style to get a grasp on Adnam's Broadside place in the beer universe.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, caramelized malts and some pale hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of honey, dark fruit, caramel and some spice. There's a decent hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer with a lot of substance that is worth drinking for a long time.

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.

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not to be confused with the regular Broadside, the Strong Original weighs in at a healthy 6.0 % ABV - high by English standards. A nice dark chestnut color it fills the glass with a reasonable sudsy head upon pouring which dissipates slowly. Full aroma of malty - fruity notes. Good body as you might expect, strong rich flavors - orchard fruits, malt, caramel, some citrus hop. Rewarding to drink. One of my favorites on this visit.

Photo of Absumaster
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown, copper beer with a creamy crude head.

Smell is malty with nutty, caramel layers. The yeast is fruity and it has some hoppy, earthy flavors.

Taste of palemalt, nutty, light roasted, a bit husky, and earthy. The top layer of caramalts only enforce the great depth of maltiness. Bitterness is high for style, it balances the sweet malts. Fruit notes given by the yeast of grapes and peach. Body is a bit sweet, but well balanced.

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazed caramel/chestnut with 4 fingers of creamy sand colored head. Superior head retention & average lacing

S: Cakeyness & some leafy hops, plus some dark fruittyness once warm

T: Minty hops, dryness caramel & herbal hops, plus a touch of warming alcohol up front. Apricot & pear mingle with brown sugar & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty & quenching for the ABV. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Very creamy with moderate carbonation, super balance

Drinks very easy, despite the hops not really being simpatico with me. Cask Broadside about 1.2% weaker was one of my go to real ales when I lived in England. This isn't a bad substitute, although cask will always be better. A solid, sessionable strong ale

Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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...

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

Poured a bottle a cloudy, dark red-amber with a creamy beige head and a touch of lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts, raisins, and caramel.

The first thing I note in the taste is an abundance of raisins followed by a sweet maltiness. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

Medium mouthfeel with a slight oiliness and moderate carbonation.

This is one of the better English strong Ales I've had. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Photo of Stephen63
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, nice head that stayed around for a bit.

S - Caramel with hoppiness and currant fruits.

T - Excellent, like a decent strong ale there is plenty to contemplate here. The sweetness is balanced by the hoppy finish. Hard to pick out individual falvours but many present.

M - Slightly on the lively side of carbonation but nicely balanced.

D - A great tasty brew although the ABV means caution should be exercised.

If there is a cask version this needs to be found...

Photo of Rainintheface
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle, best before Nov. 20, 2007 on reverse label.

A: clear, amber-red with 2 finger off-white head slowly diminishes into thin foam head that stays around awhile

S: fruity aroma, earthy, malts

T: malty caramel flavor, fig

M: med./full bodied with middle of the road carbonation. little bit of alcohol present

D: very drinkable. 1, 2, maybe 3 at a time.

This is a beer I found when I was on a bit of an English beer kick, Quest if you will, and I come back to it often. One: because it tastes so damn good. And two: best b/4 date is always good and many english beers seem to be hit or miss with regards to freshness.
Fours across the board.

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

nice auburn color, with a small but firm head .... the distinct smell includes syrup cake and preserved fruits ... the palate is a very interesting mixture of smoked dark wood (tropical), blueberries and tandoori chicken ... with 6.8% ABV this is rather strong stuff ... Broadside is best enjoyed as a after dinner digestive (where it faces fierce competition from some Belgian trappist brews) ....

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

a: hazy amber color with very thin head and little lacing
s: heavy malts with hint of fruits
t: bits of sweet fruit, plenty of roasted malts & a hop bitterness that doesn't seem to hit until the aftertaste
m: medium body, good amount of carbonation, drank it rather cold, which turned out to be fine, pretty smooth
d: i really enjoyed this beer as it was reasonably strong & smooth. one fine english strong ale -- i look forward to the next.

Photo of charlatan
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has freshness date ten months away and claims 6.3% abv. The beer pours a slightly darker than brick red colour with a big thick head. It smells fairly yeasty. I pick up banana esters rather than the fruit cake, almond and conserved fruit advertised on the bottle. Maybe they think it's Christmas.

Starts of tasting rather like a Belgian beer as the nose suggests before a rather more sweet kick, then back to the yeast again before a faintly bitter finish. The feel is smooth, rendering a beer which could otherwise prove cloying relatively drinkable. This one is definitely worth a try.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adnams’ Broadside Original Ale is a good English beer that makes me want to visit the UK and tour the pubs of London.

It pours clear orange amber, brown with a 2.5 finger head that leaves a trace of white lace.

The smell is a very pleasant strong fruity hop aroma that hints of acetaldehyde.

It is smooth bodied w/a fine light carbonation.

The taste starts out malty sweet, but quickly dries leaving a mild resiny hop bitterness.

Adnams’ Broadside is a good example of the English Pale Ale, enjoyable, but not my favorite beer style. A beer I think would be much better on cask, in a London pub on a warm, rainy summer afternoon.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep rich red/brown color, slightly cloudy with a small head that left quickly. Rich, fruity malt in the nose; thin mouthfeel. Taste was first rich malt, then sweet carmel, then buttery malt, then slight hop tartness with a bitter, solvent aftertaste. Very complex and interesting, but not as drinkable as I would have liked. Still, worth trying.

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.

Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.