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Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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88
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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 193 | Reviews: 156
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.

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

Appearance: Deep reddish chestnut in colour, no visible carbonation, and a small creamy off-white head.

Aroma: Sweet and malty nose, with some hints of yeast. There is some toffee aromas, with some milky fudge, and noticeable hints of nuts, possible some sweet like cashews.

Taste: Like the aromas, the taste is heavily malty, lots of sweet caramels, and nuttiness. There are some fruity characteristics, maybe raisins, and also, some apple.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body, with moderately light carbonation. Smooth in the palete with a soft finish.

Drinkability: Worryingly drinkable for a strong ale, could easily see my drinking more than recommended in one night. The heavily malt driven flavours are rich and full, offering a superb classic English ale.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
6.3% ABV
I tried this beer on August 1, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a very dark brownish red, with a thin tan head. The aroma was caramel malt, and wood. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy, and medium carbonated. The flavour was caramel malt, some spice, and a little bit of hops.

Photo of fullsweep
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Brown, but transparent brew with a thick 2-finger head of non-foamy bubbles. Leaves no lacing.

Smells sweet and malty.

I have mixed feelings about the taste. On the one hand, it has a nice sweet-caramel-malt profile, but there's lots of alcohol in the taste from start to finish. It tastes good, but the alcohol puts me off a bit.

Feels nice on the tongue, only light carbonation.

Would drink again, but only under the right circumstances. ABV on my bottle actually read 6.3, so slightly higher than listed here.

Photo of MillySox
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a nice off-white head. Powerful malty aroma. Nothing else to the aroma. Just lots of quality English malts. Tastes starts off a little like a burton ale, but not as soft. This has a little bite. Its bigger. The chewy, malty flavor plays around with a nice dose of floral english hops.

My last pick at the beer store. It had an attractive price. What a nice suprise!

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

Thanks to Shigadeyo for this one. Pours a murky dark red/brown and has a small but lasting head. Aroma is rich malts, ripened fruits, ashy hints, mild licorice. Flavors of sweet candied malts and fruits, light oaky hints, molasses. Sort of reminded me of a milder Youngs Old Nick. Lightly dry and bitter in the finish. I liked this one alot. Thanks again Craig for this nice suprise.

Photo of grub
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before 11 JUN 09. label indicates 6.3% abv. sampled dec 17/08.

pours deep red-brown with a thick tan head. the head drops fairly fast, but leaves a thick layer of lace behind.

aroma is good. big and malty. caramel and toffee. biscuit and multi-grain bread. light alcohol. slightly earthy and woody. a bit of spicy hop presence.

taste is good. just over medium bitterness level. touch of alcohol. loads of chewy biscuit and multi-grain bread here too, with the caramel and toffee taking more of a back seat. touch of butterscotch too. the earthy and spicy hops are joined by a floral and almost perfumey component. just a hint of grapefruit and tangerine.

mouthfeel is great. medium-full body from the nice chewy malt. medium carbonation level. i think i'd like this one with just a touch less carbonation, and bet it would be excellent on cask.

drinkability is good. nice balance, solid malty base, and great english hop character. good stuff. even with the moderate ABV, i'm tempted to throw a few of these in the cellar and see how they change. i think that caramel+malt would really come to life once the bitterness mellowed a little, likely approaching more of an old ale character. still, a fine brew as it stands today.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass
A - Poured cloudy reddish brown. 1/2 inch head that is mottled and falls to a skim. Nice lacing.
S - Sweet malt, caramel, fruit and a touch of alcohol
T - Fruity malt - complex. Chocolate covered cherries and caramel.
M/F - Medium in body. Lively and smooth.
D - This is a great strong ale. Smooth and complex.

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

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.

Photo of nick76
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The aroma has raisins, yeast, brown sugar and carrots. The appearance is red-brown with a large head. The flavor is very sweet with plenty of bitterness and alcohol. There are also the elements from the aroma. The palate is just slightly chewy. Despite some good qualities it has a medicinal aftertaste. This is alright.

Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy copper/brown color. At first, a large beige head forms, but it recedes to a ring quickly. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet toasted malt with some fruity aromas of pears and apples.
T: Sweet toasted malt. Caramel and a nutty flavor. Fruity flavors that follow the nose. Some interesting spices as well.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated and creamy. The ABV is only at 6%, but it is still a little hot. Something to sip on.

A good English Strong Ale. Something I would recommend.

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

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Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.