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Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

189 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 08-26-2003)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful shade of dark red-orange-copper with a toffee colored head of firmsticky foam. Each looks great in isolation and they look even better in combination. As the cap deflates, thick strands and streamers of lace stick to the glass with authority.

The aroma is on the underpowered side. It's firmly toasted (sweet and caramel-like) as well as being moderately British hoppy. Good, but far from great.

Broadside Strong Original is very good beer. I'm not sure what distinguishes it from the lower-ABV Broadside ESB (except ABV of course), so I'll just ignore style and describe what I taste. This is a superbly well-balanced ale with plenty of ingredients. The solid-as-a-rock malt backbone delivers a lusciously sweet caramel flavor and a medium-full mouthfeel that makes the beer a pleasure to drink.

ABSO is also dark fruity and contains a hint of spiciness, possibly emanating from the well chosen, generous amount of hops. I'm especially enjoying the longish finish, during which sweet malt and earthy-spicy hops keep things balanced until long after the swallow. Its bold, yet refined, flavor makes English strong ale the perfect choice when assigning style.

I like this beer much more than I thought I would. While Adnams SSB was pretty good stuff, Broadside Strong Original is a cut above. I'd love to get my hands on the whole Adnams line, but I'm not sure they're available on this side of the pond. Recommended.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of ghurux86
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

ghurux86, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of Higravity
2.3/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I couldn't finish this beer. I gave it to my friends dog. It was like drinking metal shavings. The water was so metallic like many other english beers. It had a decent pour with a decent white head that hung around for a little while. The first sip was like licking the body of a rusty Ford, once I got past the metal fragments stuck in my tongue I tasted a lot of what I smell which was an average amber ale. They should keep this one in England.

Higravity, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark amber, great clarity, thick layer of tan suds, good head retention, some lace

Aroma: Trappist-like maltiness, caramel, herbal hops, cotton candy, alcohol, dark honey, sisal rope

Flavor: full malty sweetness with an edge of roast, burnt caramel, herbal hop flavor, roots, licorice, cannabis, a bit vegetal in the background, finishes semi-dry with a long-lingering aftertaste of roast bitterness and caramel

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fine carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: After living in Belgium, I was used to 6% abv as the norm. In the UK, this is considered "strong", but with that also comes more flavor than the typical British ale. Now that winter is here, it is nice to have some of these higher abv British ales around.

GreenCard, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of Guinness4me
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Once I got past the appearance of "muddy lake water" in my glass, it wasn't that bad of a beer. The head was a bit soapy and faded quickly.

The smell was very perfumed and slightly citrus. I wish I could place the exactly perfume, maybe honeysuckle? Very light smell for such a muddy beer.

The taste was simple but pleasant with flowery hops, slight malt and tasty yeast. I noticed no offensive aftertaste and little bitterness.

The mouthfeel was a little bland to me without sufficient carbonation. Maybe I got an old bottle. I'd find it hard to stomach too many more of these.

Guinness4me, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half liter borwn bottle. Best by date printed on back label.

Dull Bronze colour, reddish highlights. Dense off white head holds nicely.

Fruity aromas with a backbone of earthy hoppiness.

Caramel, dark fruit (plums & figs). Finish is quick & off dry w/ some restrained English type hop flavours. Very drinkable.

xgrigorix, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of stjarnflikka
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks: A clear reddish look with light carbonation. It pours a thick beige foam.

Smell: The smell filled the entire roam just after i uncapped the bottle. Extremely strong with clear fruity and sweet aromas.

Taste: A malty, quite bitter taste with strong traces of fruit. There is a small sweetness and that grows as the other tastes dissappear. Leaves with a alcoholic and fruity taste.

A very easydrunk beer, balanced and well tasting.

stjarnflikka, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of dauss
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very murky reddish brown. Big fluffly yellowish-white head with fairly good staying power, lots of lacing on the glass. Roasted malts and dark fruits are in the nose with wood. Maybe it was aged in barrels or something. A very strong up front malt sweetness, roasty malts give it a very faint coffee flavor. Light hoppiness isn't
strong enough to balance out the malt. Finishes fairly sweet, with hints of the 6.3% ABV that lurks within, sort of like a barley wine, with a very slight sourness(possibly from wood aging, if they do it). Full bodied and great mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation. This is definitely very drinkable and a very tasty brew from England.

dauss, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking beer that fit perfectly into my Sam Smith imperial pint glass. Beautiful deep deep orange red color. Very persistant head. Very creamy. Very intense carbonation which I'm afraid is going to ruin the mouthfeel, but it makes for a nice persistant head. Very clear for a bottle conditioned beer.

Nice aromas for sure. Get a rich smooth maltyness that is mixed subtley with light citrus aromas. Don't think that's hops. I think that is the Southwold yeast!

Very nice flavor. Rich, smooth nutty malt backbone. Very strong and proud. Just underneath it all is a bit less than firm hop bitterness that does its part, but stays in the background. Just a bit harsh in the finish. Just a bit tart really. Not bad at this level, but its close to being a fault. I think this is from the Southwold yeast. I brewed a very similar beer with Southwold yeast and it had this flavor 10 fold. This one is much more subdued and mellow. An interesting citrus sort of finish. Very nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is great!! Just right for the style. Not too thick, not too thin, just right. The carbonation doesn't affect the mouthfeel in the least. In fact it might make it just the right amount of lively.

In England they may call this a Strong Ale, but here in the states I call this a session ale. I could have many many many of these.

cerevisiaephilus, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and turbid creamy brown orange color body holds its tight light brown head up well. Nose is malty sweet and contains lots of sweet caramel and spicy gingerbread.

Big, even carbonation and medium body and thickness. Full mouth of caramel malts, mildly sweet and even, with notes of nutty caramel and carrot cake. Hops are felt way after-the-fact. Some alcohol notes are present, too, laced with something like pine.

Rich enough to be served for dessert. Overall well balanced, of big carbonation, thickness, and malt taste.

donnebaby, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a ruby body, fluffy tan head with fairly good retention and lacing

Smell, malty aroma, sweetness also coming through

Taste, hefty malty body with a tart sweetness, nice hop bitterness on the finish, bready, body almost like a belgian

A nice strong ale, not on par with fullers 1845 but its different, good stuff

cypressbob, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of oracle
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gravity poured cask. No CO2 or Nitro was harmed in the pouring of this beer. Delivered in a traditional engish pint glass.

Beer was medium-to-dark mahogany with no head what-so-ever.

Nose was all vanilla, fruit and oak. Strong alcohol presense.

Taste was superb. Very complex. Strong malt with many other flavors mixed in, mostly fruit (plum) and some oaky flavors as well. Long drawn out finish.

Absolutely outstanding.

oracle, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of Lupe
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper in color with a large, beige head that slowly recedes to form a nice sheet over the liquid. Some sporadic lace is left behind. Toffee and fruit aroma with earthy hops in the backround. Very malty with caramel and toasted flavors. Green apple crosses the palate along with a buttery flavor. Earthy and lightly spicy hops balance out the malt. Finishes sweet, then drys out. Medium-full in body, very smooth and slick. Highly drinkable. Very flavorful but not too assertive. A wonderful ale.

Lupe, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of lackenhauser
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color-on the border of brown.Huge foamy head that slowly receeded and continued down the glass.Big malt aroma-hints of caramel.Somewhat spicy.Great flavor-malty with notes of chocolate and caramel.Big,full mouthfeel.Velvety smooth.Great residual sweetness.A great beer I could drink all night.Some of the recent British beers I have had are really lacking something-this makes up for all them in a big way.

lackenhauser, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full malt flavor. Fresh black currants. Grapey/raisiny/vinous. Light chocolate dust. Drying bitter finish.

Adnams is a prototype for the pub-style pint, cleaner and more balanced than Fuller's ESB. Alluring, vinous bouquet hit with spicy cantaloupe, lemon, and lime. Subtle yeast shows well. Soft grain finish, black tea/bergamot with delicate but dynamic late- and mid-boil hops.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rajendra82, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was another ale I got to try as a free sample at a local liquor store, so I can't comment much on the head from what I got in a 2-ounce glass. It was a nice brown color. The aroma was of very complex malts, very layered, with no hoppiness.

It had a rich, malty taste that had so many flavors intertwined I couldn't pick any particular ones out. It was quite good, with a lingering bitterness. One I wouldn't mind having again.

connecticutpoet, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

marc77, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of Dantes
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Package: 1 pint, 0.9 oz. (500ml) crowned, brown, “custom-shaped” bottle that tapers at the bottom until flaring to a heavy base. “Best before 26 NOV 04.” Label lists it at 6% ABV. Blurb calls this a “...a fine heart-warming English Ale. Rich in flavours of malt and hops” and calls it “original ale.” No indication whether it’s bottle-conditioned.

Cost: $3.49 per bottle at Ramsey Liquors

Presentation: Poured into an Imperial pint glass at ~50º

Appearance: Body is chestnut-colored, shading toward brown. The pour generates a pretty fine, tight, beige head; but this quickly disappears. Held to the light, there’s almost no evidence of carbonation of any kind. After a couple of minutes, it appears still and a bit turgid.

Smell: Pretty traditionally malty, with an extra hop “pop” on the nose. Some odd fruity notes in the background as well. Uninspiring.

Taste: Somewhat unusual. The first few deep quaffs seem pretty standard: mostly toasty malts with some interesting hoppy notes. I can’t identify the specific hops, but they don’t taste quite like the traditional British ones. As this warms further, I think the experience deteriorated a bit. The odd, fruity aroma notes manifested themselves in a slightly sourish way on the palate. This sensation seemed to increase as the beer warmed. The same thing occurred in a second bottle, but they were both similarly dated and from the same source, so further samples are probably warranted. Finishes a bit metallically.

Mouthfeel: Some other BA reviews suggested this is bottle-conditioned, but I don’t think so. There were no lees in the bottle, and the carbonation, while not visibly apparent, was quite strong and somewhat rough. There’s a decent amount of flavor and body, but there’s still a bit of thin-ness in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I have to give this fairly low marks for drinkability. While a decent beer of which one could drink a fair amount, this is somewhat expensive and there seem to be many other better options. I think the cheaper Fuller’s 1845 (still $2.49 around me) is far better, and the similarly priced Royal Oak is also superior.

Backwash: I was very happy to find this beer, because I like Adnams on draught, and an Adnams pub was one of my favorites in London (it’s gone now). However, this was somewhat of a disappointment. First, this really isn’t much like a bitter. It’s more like a hoppy brown ale/winter warmer. I don’t think the hops are traditional UK varieties. Considering some of the other great bottle-conditioned beers I’ve had lately from Fuller’s, Freeminer, and O’Hanlon’s; this isn’t quite up to snuff. I’d certainly give it a try if I saw it on draught, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to find this.

Dantes, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

aracauna, May 08, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.45 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/user_reviews/1008/

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bowling pin style bottle, best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Pasty off white lace clings well, weather brownish bronze hue is dark and inviting.

Smell: Ripe pear and black currant fruit mix as well as a light metallic malt sweetness. Touch of buttery yeast in the back.

Taste: Very malty with toasted and caramel like qualities, hops barley crest the sweetness and lend some flavor as well. A touch of ripe dark fruit with a hint of buttery yeast and alcoholic esters in the back. Finishes a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel: Slick thickness on the palate drops out after a quick prickle of carbonation.

Notes: A very flavorful strong ale with simple complexities. An easy pick to pair with a nice hearty sandwich for lunch.

Jason, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of edchicma
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

edchicma, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the St. James Tavern in London. Dark amber/brown color with a medium thin light tan head. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma is rather fruity, with hints of caramel and malt. Medium-bodied and very smooth and smokey. Flavors of caramel, grape, and roasted malt. The finish is silky and long. This is a solid beer that can be found in many pubs/taverns in London.

Dogbrick, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of Jon
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish, tawny copper with a tight white head. Lacks much retention, leaves hardly any trail of lace.

Fruity, bready nose emits whaffs of bubble gum and pine. The Maris Otter malt certainly has something to do with this. Fruity hop esters linger, as well.

Fresh, doughy, fruity, malty and relatively sweet. A real mouthful, but more along the lines of an extra special bitter than an old ale. Mildly roastiness/caramelization comes into play, adding just a touch of port-like sweetness, though the hops and fruitiness never stray too far.

Smooth, moderately oily mouthfeel. Fairly elegant.

Drinks well for a relatively strong beer. Very well-balanced and deep, this is a classic beer that would be even better cask-conditioned, I'm sure.

Jon, Apr 13, 2004
Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.