1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

Not Rated.
Adnams Broadside Strong OriginalAdnams Broadside Strong Original

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

183 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 183
Reviews: 153
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Adnams Broadside Strong Original Alström Bros
Ratings: 183 | Reviews: 153 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Absumaster
Absumaster

Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

03-22-2008 09:12:19 | More by Absumaster
Photo of Monkeyknife
Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

01-09-2008 21:34:02 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of marc77
marc77

California

3.83/5  rDev -2%

Slightly murked ruddy chestnut hue. Mountainous, fluffy light tan head leaves frothy lace. Mellow notes of singed toffee and licorice in aroma, accompanied by earthy hop and trace butterscotch. Just a touch too soft aromawise, but welcoming nonetheless. In flavor, prevalent in malt character is an impression of treacle sweetened burnt biscuit and raisin. After a deliberation, dryish, baker's chocolate melds with butterscotch and dark crystal malt tones to lend a cocoa dusted caramel candy impression. Hop bitterness creeps in, soundly offsetting caramel sweetness and lending overall balance. Undertone of candied fig augments as the beer warms. Mild woody hop flavor complements bitter chocolate notes. Agreeably dextrinous in mouthfeel, but not overly so. Finishes with a surprising surge of hop bitterness that yields to a continution of burnt malt tones. A flavorful, rather complex ale that's seemingly a hybrid of a true ESB and English old ale. Not every flavor component coalesces, however, thus precluding excellence. Regardless, Broadside is certainly worth a try.

06-14-2004 00:40:59 | More by marc77
Photo of FreshHawk
FreshHawk

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

02-18-2010 01:43:01 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of granger10
granger10

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +10%

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.

04-22-2005 14:54:01 | More by granger10
Photo of Oakenator
Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

09-16-2012 04:27:54 | More by Oakenator
Photo of allergictomacros
allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

10-09-2008 02:51:46 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of hosehead83
hosehead83

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a 16.9oz. "half-liter" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber in color, with a concise, bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Pilsner and bread malt
Taste-Subtle fruit, caramel, toasted malt,mineral essence. Subtle hop bite leads to a dryish finish. A very traditional English strong ale. Very pleasant, good character. An enjoyable pint.

04-23-2012 17:49:18 | More by hosehead83
Photo of tbryan5
tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

09-15-2013 16:16:03 | More by tbryan5
Photo of woemad
woemad

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

This review comes with apologies to historians of the Anglo-Dutch wars and fans of Patrick O'Brian.

Big-ass 1.pt9oz bottle, featuring a line-of-battle ship loosing a broadside - presumably HMS Royal James (ok, that's the only ship name from this battle I know), purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $5.45. I went in looking for AK Smoked Porter for a possible trade. Not finding my quarry (and knowing it was gone everywhere else in town), and feeling all those bottle staring at me, I decided to pick up something to make putting up with the moronic Division Street traffic worth my while. I settled on the Broadside bomber and remembered I'd had a couple of pints of the draft version at the Castle Inn on a rainy day in Cambridge, UK, in the summer of 2001. I decided it would be fun to try the bottled take on it. Also my predilection for naval and maritime history dictated that I had to drink something commemorating the Battle of Sole Bay (or Solebay, as it's often written). "Best before 21 Sept 05." Oops. BTW, why is an English brewery commemorating a defeat? Yeah, yeah, it was their local battle, but their side lost! It'd be like a brewer in Honolulu offering a Day of Infamy IPA, or a Russian brewer making a Tsushima Stout.

Poured a muddy brown that took on a copperish orange shade when held up to direct light, with a big, thick off-white head that dropped faster than you can say Michiel Adriaanszoon De Ruyter. The head dropped in about 2 minutes, but left lovely sheets of foam on the sides of the glass as it made it's way down my imperial pint glass.

The smell isn't what I expected, despite not really knowing what to expect. There's a mild, berry sweetness, along with a mild bitterness. There's also a noticeable bready yeast scent that might have been less strong had this been fresher, but had not reached an unpleasant level. This smelled tasty without being flashy about it.

This unflappable, steady without being spectacular quality carried over to the taste. Make no bones about it - this is a mostly malty beer. The mildly fruity sweetness is the most noticable flavor component, but it's kept from beating the drinker over the head by a no-frills hoppiness that doggedly sticks to it's job -keeping the malts from running amok. Otherwise, the hops are about as active as the French were at Sole Bay.

While more substantial than a typical English pale ale, the thickness of this beer is no slab-sided Dutch built buggar. Mouthfeel-wise, this is at the upper end of medium bodied, with a level of carbonation that keeps this from being too heavy but other wise doesn't draw too much attention to itself.

This is a tasty beer that doesn't make too many demands on the palate, but at the same time is more interesting tasting than a typical English pale ale. It would go well with a hearty (earl of) sandwich, and you'd probably fare better than Mr. Montagu if you chose this.

11-14-2005 04:38:13 | More by woemad
Photo of daliandragon
daliandragon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Another one I remember trying during my time in the British Isles but that was long before I really learned to appreciate beer aso lets give it a more scientific effort. Most obvious initial feature is sticky lacing but also exhibits a thick, rocky head and a dark brown color with an orange tint at its extremities. Nose is spice, hops and malt. Looking very good indeed.

A broad river of English hop flavor. Refreshing, but followed by a slightly metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel carries the body well enough and has minimal carbonation.

This was very good but I still feel somewhat disappointed after the almost amazing appearance. Stiill, a highly regarded English pale ale.

08-20-2006 05:05:19 | More by daliandragon
Photo of aracauna
aracauna

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

This is a beautiful color, a deep ruby that’s fairly clear. The head is a bit fizzy, and fades incompletely pretty fast. This is a malty beer. A little wood and a good bit of caramel, brown sugar and cherries. Not a lot of hops present and a bit sweet in the finish.

05-08-2004 06:31:18 | More by aracauna
Photo of Danny1217
Danny1217

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-08-2012 16:10:57 | More by Danny1217
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

12-24-2004 00:33:27 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of rajendra82
rajendra82

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

The beer came in a 500 ml. brown bottle with a best before date of 3 February 2005 on the back label. The pour was clear reddish brown with a decent sized reddish white head. The lacing was good too. The aroma was sweetly malty with some earthy mild English hops lurking in the background. The taste was similar with chocolate malts, dark skinned fruits, rum raisins, and charred wood. The hops were restrained, but provided a peppery kick and a dry mouthfeel. It is a bit of stretch to call this one a Strong Ale, as this is at a mere 6% ABV. I would put it in the category of an ordinary Brown Ale. But call it what you may, it is quite good.

06-22-2004 03:38:05 | More by rajendra82
Photo of tmoneyba
tmoneyba

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11%

Bottle.

Poured dark brownish hue with medium off-white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Good aroma of malt and sweet fruit. Medium body with flat carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with small bitter finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met.

11-20-2008 14:06:08 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of flyingpig
flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Chestnut brown colour with a part bubbly, part foamy head that is off-white to very light brown in colour. There appears to be plenty of carbonation and nice retention.

Quite sweet and very fruity smelling with some strong earthy malts and sugar. There are a few hops in there too and lots of toffee and maybe even a little banana amongst other fruits fighting to be noticed. The sweetness is pleasant and the aroma seems quite well balanced.

Very sweet and sugary with a lot of different fruits in there, amongst them is some banana and figs along with a little hint of toffee as well as some vanilla. I also detected some earthy malts and hops with a lingering sweetness that works really well.

Medium-full mouthfeel with a great, creamy texture and lots of sugary sweetness from the fruit. The beer has a sticky smoothness to it and is a lot more refreshing than you would imagine.

Really nice and well balanced beer that has a great sweet, fruity taste to it with a wonderful body. This one goes down really well and is excellent to take your time with. I usually shy away from English style ales but this one is definitely one I can see myself going back to.

From the 1001 Beers Blog:
http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

04-14-2012 17:25:38 | More by flyingpig
Photo of thebouch01
thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-27-2012 01:42:27 | More by thebouch01
Photo of TerryW
TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

09-16-2008 22:34:41 | More by TerryW
Photo of kimcgolf
kimcgolf

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -18.7%

Poured to a brown color with hints of ruby red, with a thin off-white head that lingereed midway and left okay lacing. Aroma was muted, but slightly nuts and caramel. Flavor was somewhat malty sweet, and while body was fairly creamy, any true flavor was diifficult to ascertain. Although only 6.3%, the alcohol made itself known toward the end in both aroma and flavor, and the palate and finish were just so-so. Not a bad beer, but not great either.

02-01-2007 02:49:45 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of WastingFreetime
WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a clear brownish-amber color with a single finger of tan foam that lasts for about three minutes and leaves behind fairly decent loops of lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels, smooth texture.

Smells of an even blend of caramel and toffee malts with a general toasted nuttiness and plenty of dark fruits. The bottle wasn't kidding when the label boasted of a fruit cake aroma. The flavor follows suit mostly, with a touch of balancing herbal / medicinal hopping. A faintly metallic ghostly flavor nuance does appear as the glass warms up, but rather than being a flaw, it surprisingly seems to provide a dab of extra counter-balance to the malt sweetness! It's really good... right up there amongst my other personal favorite English offerings.

10-14-2012 00:18:56 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
MrHurmateeowish

Maine

4.3/5  rDev +10%

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.

04-26-2007 18:16:14 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of bruachan
bruachan

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

this is a fine, malty brew. it's a deep brownish red with a tan head that spews forth robust malt aromas. it's an intoxicating cocktail of chocolate and soft nuttiness. it actually reminds me of the rochefort 10 (is that crazy?)

doesn't taste much like it smells. dark fruits romp around the strong bitterness. blackcurrant and earthy hop flavors. sweet, but the bitterness cuts this off

too bitter for me, actually, but otherwise a fine beer

11-17-2006 03:32:52 | More by bruachan
Photo of JohnnyBarman
JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

12-08-2009 04:03:41 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of Naerhu
Naerhu

Japan

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks to RobBeer for bringing this beer all the way to Japan!

A - Dark amber body, transparent thick head. Stubborn lacing.
S - Light sweet earth malts, with English hops.
T - Earthy malt balanced with a substantial bitterness. Smoky aftertaste or rather hints of burnt old fruit. Not overly sweet.
M - A little light in the body. Alcohol integrated nicely.
D - A nice ale to be had, though nothing outstanding.

04-30-2006 22:04:18 | More by Naerhu
Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.