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Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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88
very good

180 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
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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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 02:49:45 | More by kimcgolf
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/ruby with a rocky tan head that slowly descends to a thin, ever-lasting head. Quite a bit of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is bready with mild fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet grainy, nutty malt. Very smooth. Bitter, cherryish fruity hop presence balances out the sweetness. Just a hint of peppery alcohol, especially in the finish. Fairly mild flavor, but nice.

The feel is full, coating. Doesn't hang around too long, though.

This one is easy to drink. Mellow for the style, adding to drinkability. A fine, classic example of an English strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 01:47:12 | More by jwc215
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ChiSox05

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almond brown with a creamy beige tinged head. Translucent. Some lacing, average head retention.

A fruity smell of cranberries or cranberry sauce and apple. Blend of citrusy hops while malt has a sweet, nutty smell. Complex, probably the most standout feature of this beer.

The taste showed more of the roasted malt than the smell, and counteracts the heavily bitter hops that hit the front of the tongue. Hops and malt are both strong. Alcoholic, slightly metallic.

Bitterness weighs on the palate and is held in check by the malt. Strong taste, alcoholic, but not overpowering because the carbonation is smoothing and mellows the whole beer.

A powerful beer whose characteristics play off each other well. Complex, would like to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 03:38:56 | More by ChiSox05
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Chaz

Minnesota

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

Pours a brilliant golden-amber, with a generously fruity malt-driven nose and a dense tan head of a rather lengthy duration. Sharp, tangy, sweet, and sour are words that come to mind at first sip. This strong ale (6%) has plenty of character and tastes darker and heavier than it looks . . . if that makes any sense? Flavorful, aromatic malts and hops tug at the tastebuds, vying for your undivided attention. Avery subtle hop bitterness lingers at the end of the palate, inviting sip after glorious sip. Fruity esters abound, thanks in part to Adnams’ proprietary yeast strain, and notes of citrus joint the melee, struggling for attention. Medium-full bodied, with a touch of creamy smoothness and rather lively carbonation. In some ways this compares favorably with Fuller's 1845, although there's no such yeast deposit (nor is there quite the booze deposit either, but you catch my drift.) Wonderful stuff! (Edit: Adnams were also among the first dozen brewers imported by Minneapolis-based All Saint's Brands. I hope this brew sticks around for a while this time!!!)

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 21:21:08 | More by Chaz
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 03:32:52 | More by bruachan
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afinepilsner

Iowa

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

12oz bottle

Adnams Broadside Original Ale was a slightly hazy dark red-amber color with a large light tan head. The head was thick and longlasting with lots of lacing left behind. The aroma was sweet malt and a little toasty. The taste was malty, toasty, fruity and a touch peppery with just enough hops to balance the malt. It started fairly sweet with a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel was full with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 00:40:31 | More by afinepilsner
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 05:05:19 | More by daliandragon
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DogFood11

California

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

Pours a deep shade of copper, medium carbonation. Forms a decent white head that has some girth to it. Lacing is minimal.

Not alot to the nose. Some dark fruits and sweet malts are about all that come through in the smell. The taste? Boy oh boy what a nice fruitiness to this beer. A deep berry type presence mixed with a lighter more citrusy pineapple and buried in a mix of charred malt and caramel. Alcohol grows as it warms and is a welcomed change from the rich malty goodness.

Notes: Tasted pretty damn nice. Missed alot of the other categories in my opinion. Rather heavy for the style in the mouthfeel, kinda syrupy at times. Bit of a tinny presence as well. All told this is probably the last I'll have of this. In order to pay import prices I'll have to have a stunner to keep up the purchases.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 03:55:33 | More by DogFood11
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wedge

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Dark burnt reddish copper hue - creamy head is modest in size. Rich aroma of sweet toasted caramel, bread, and a fruity alcohol character. Taste is quite bready at first followed by sweet barley malt and toasted caramel. Little to no hops but pleasant woody, apple and cherry flavors. Mouthfeel is pretty full and textured with a dry finish.

All kinds of hefty malts in this beer. This would probably make a great Fall season ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 02:50:48 | More by wedge
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a deep reddy brown colour with some amber tinges... Creamy tan head poured nice and thick and meringue like then settled to a nice thin layer which lasted until near the end... some light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Toffee malts, spicy dark fruits (figs, some blackcurrents, prunes), biscuity notes, nutty sweetness, malt loaf notes, nutmeg, some light rum traces, definite treacle notes, spicy / peppery hops...

Taste – Strong spicy dark bitter fruits (definite prunes, figs, and raisins), light toasted toffee malts, definite treacle notes, light sweetness, spicy / peppery hops, light warming alcohol notes, breadiness...

Feel - Sharp initially but quite creamy afterwards... Medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable considering strength...

Overall - An excellent strong ale... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 09:03:09 | More by mdagnew
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jvdineen

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a single at Deluca's on Charles St. Boston, MA

It looks like Smithwicks when poured yet it tastes nothing like it. At first sip you can tell its a strong ale.The alcohol and hops work together to give a spicy tang and warmth. I don't think I would have more than two pints of this brew. A lingering hop aftertaste is pleasurable and is what I think a beer should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 23:35:48 | More by jvdineen
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Naerhu

Japan

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 22:04:18 | More by Naerhu
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hero27

Minnesota

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

16.9 oz bottle. 6% abv.

I'm not huge on bottled English ales that have made the journey over to the US, but this one surprised me. Caramel color...cappuccino-like lacing left on the glass. Great bold toffee malt and biscuit flavor..with a nice dry bitterness as well. I'm just glad this didn't turn out to be one of those bland, forgettable English ales (which it certainly is not)..and actually reminded me a bit of Fuller's ESB..only $3 a bottle at my local bar, not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 04:24:08 | More by hero27
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 19:32:39 | More by scruffwhor
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brownish red with a large tan foamy head. The smell has a strong dark fruit,prune or raisin, and alcohol aroma. The taste is malty with dark fruit flavors. The flavors are strong except for the malt, which is too weak for my tastes. The m/f is light with flavors that don't mix well at all. The fruit is much too strong with the malt sweetness being an afterthought. This is an Ok beer, but it is flawed.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 05:16:56 | More by jmz62565
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gbarron

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from one of those very cool 16.9 oz. Adnams bottles. Unfortunately freshness dating on this bottle (Sep 05) tells me this one is past it's prime already. I better hurry and guzzle it down!

A - dark brown color, hazy. Head is a nice off-white, slightly tan, lots of small, tight bubbles. Leaves very nice lacing.

S - aroma is thick with yeasty bread and diacetyl. Lots of toasty, caramel malt smells. Green apple as well (acetaldehyde?). Plums. Hint of alcohol. Hop aroma subdued, maybe some earthy notes.

T - buttery/diacetyl all the way. Like a very strong Bass Ale. Malt sweetness -- toffee, caramel, yeasty -- followed by a very tart, tangy hop bitterness. Balanced beer, but tilting towards the malt. Almost a little salty. Beer does not appear to be spoiled, despite the freshness date. Maybe showing a little age. Hop flavor is not very apparent - bitterness is a little spicy, what hop flavor is there is focused on the earthy side.

M - medium to medium thin, carbonation is average. A little chewy, though, sticks around in your mouth long after. Tart, not dry.

D - very tasty brew, alcohol, while in the nose, seems to be fairly well hidden in this one. At 6%, a very quaffable "strong" ale. Has that unique Adnams tangy flavor. Keep up the good work, lads.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 23:43:03 | More by gbarron
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francisweizen

Alaska

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

A dark amber coloured brew with a white cap of foam. The aromas are hoppy, fruity, and very, very, well-balanced. The taste is maltier than the cask version and the added abv kick is noticeable though this beer still stays very true to it's uk roots as it is jam packed with malt complexity and sweetness, but there is still some hop character as well. Mouthfeel is a bit harder edged than on cask, but the drinkability remains lovely or is that lurvly?

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 15:22:17 | More by francisweizen
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Naes

New York

2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This strong ale is dark amber in color with ruby highlights. It also caries a tall frothy tan head that retains and laces well.
The aroma is of caramel malt and has almost no hops detectable to the nose.
The flavor starts out sweet and finishes with a slight alcohol warming which I find surprising considering that this is only 6% ABV.
Mouth feel is medium in body.

This is an alright beer, but I will not go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 01:48:25 | More by Naes
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Citadel82

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a pair of bottles of this brew to share with my fellow commuters on the ferry home to Atlantic Highlands. How appropriate a brew named Broadside while crusing home at 42 knots under the Verrazano Narrows bridge. This is a nice malty brew that pours out a dark chestnut with a scant two finger off-white head. The aroma of caramel and molasses with some faint floral notes. Taste is rather malty and caramel sweet with some toasted bread backbone. short, sharp aftertaste of hops in a light finish. A nice brew to share with some friends on the boat home.

Very drinkable,aye me buckoes. (big wink)

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 02:32:48 | More by Citadel82
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joecast

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 09:36:06 | More by joecast
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rebel1771

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely dark reddish brown with a decent head. Nice aroma with hints of fruit and sweet malts. The fruit found in the aroma makes a return in the front end of flavor and fades to a slightly roasted malt flavor. The only thing I didn't like about the flavor was the peppery finish. This is a decent brew but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 03:23:45 | More by rebel1771
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chilidog

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked thisone up as a real bargan, .99 cents for a 16.9 oz. bottle. I've gotten a few, a couple of times.
A good english ale to be had. It pours a good dark burgandy with a full tan head that laced real well, ring like. The aroma is sweet malt with hints of plum or pear. The taste is malt, dark fruit and to me, winter-like spice. A good dose of it too. Hops peak in the back of the taste only to slightly dry the mouth. The mouthfeel is still left with an oil like feel, though not bad.
A real bargain with good, go with a meal quality. If you find this for a buck, go for it indeed.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 00:31:31 | More by chilidog
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Dukeofearl

California

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

Pours a deep amber with ruby back-lit tints. A decent light tan head forms,a nd it nicely proudly sticks around for a good long time. Aroma is malty bready with some dark fruit notes, slight brown sugar/molassas, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor follows through, the alcohol is stronger in the flavor than expected for a 6% brew. Also has a somewhat (but not strong) sharp hop bite back end. Overall nice taste, but generally bigger and heavier than I want in a beer most of the time. Body is full and rich.

A good, decent beer, and at $5.99 for a four pack of 12 oz bottles, this one is a great value!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 20:59:36 | More by Dukeofearl
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watermelonman

California

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived as a nice deep ruby color with a small head. It faded a bit and left some minor lacing.

There's some degree of alcohol present in the smell. The taste is pretty good, bringing plenty malt flavor to the mouth. Alcohol can be tasted, but it's not as strong in the taste as it is in the smell. Hops are definitely apparent in the finish.

Serving type: cask

01-12-2006 21:24:25 | More by watermelonman
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy somewhat dark amber body with a prodigious head that leaves quite a bit of lacing behind

Smell: Biscuit and caramel nose with a fruity raisin character as well; fruity orange hops in the background

Taste: Starts out very malty, with a wonderful caramel flavor; a tart hops flavor joins mid-palate; a touch of honey joins the slightly vinous taste on the finish as well

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied with moderate carbonation; a little slick

Drinkability: Different from what I was expecting, this is one of the better British brews I have tasted

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 01:30:39 | More by brentk56
Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.