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Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 154
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)
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Photo of keithmurray
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark mahogany/crimson color with white head

Smell - toffee, cherries, green apple

Taste - toffee, cherries, hint of green apple

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, low carbonation, sweet upfront, astringent in the finish

Overall - decent beer that I'm glad to have tried

Price Point - $3.99/500ML bottle

keithmurray, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of jmz62565
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.

jmz62565, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of iguenard
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( 39/50, 6% alc/vol, Home) Very thick and chunky head of thick bubbles of light brown color. Leaves lace everywhere. Beautiful pinkish-brown color. You'll see… filtered and hazey. Usually, expired beer doesn’t smell this good. There's gotta be a catch! Strawberry tartness and chocolate vanilla. Some esters of banana cream pie. Light but for an english ale, wow! There's the catch! The metal aftertaste of an expired brew. I really want to try this new and fresh or on draft! Bitter finish ruined by metal. Could be on the over-bitter side. Silky smooth, medium thick body. Warm and sensuous on the tongue. Small tickle of carbonation. Slight sour. Nutty and Sweet. Oh! How dissapoointing, smelled and looked like a clear winner. Still very nice brew, smooth, bitter and aromatic and warm.

iguenard, May 07, 2011
Photo of DogFood11
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.

DogFood11, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

allergictomacros, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of rebel1771
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.

rebel1771, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of GreenCard
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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 mjgarrett2
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Dark chestnut brown, slightly translucent, pale beige head with good lacing.

S-Bright, clean, citrus freshness. Mild hint of hops.

T-Earthy malts up front, but not overly sweet. Almost reminds me of hay. Mild hops with a tart fruit finish.

M-Pretty mellow with the sharper flavors coming on the back end. Flavors tend to stick to one part of the mouth and not disperse evenly.

D-Not terrible, but the tartness accumulates overtime making the bitter aspects somewhat abrasive. Could be slightly more balanced

mjgarrett2, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

mdillon86, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Dracook
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Dracook, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Telestic
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Telestic, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of aracauna
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Dantes
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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 endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
Photo of DerBayer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a beautiful ruby to chestnut colour with froth but slightly soapy off-white head

The smell is slightly alcoholic and dark fruit - not much else

The tatste is of strong malt with dark cherries and plums upfront followed by bitter hops

The mouthfeel is adequate but nothing special and the hops leave a slightly unpleasant bitter aftertyaste which makes the beer challenging after the first couple of sips.

DerBayer, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of GreyGhost4
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

GreyGhost4, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Phigg1102
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Phigg1102, Jun 19, 2014
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.

nick76, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of charlatan
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

charlatan, May 02, 2007
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.

tmoneyba, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of malty
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml nicely curved bottle - BB Feb 05 (it's been in a cool dark fridge for the past 8 months.

Beautiful ruby-copper color with a very faint off-white head that disipates to a fine cloud with a tiny halo above the ale.

Notes of carmelized dark fruits, molasses and bread dough. Winey notes are apparent also.

A warming spicy caramel flavor hits the tongue at first. Followed by roasted malts and cracker-like flavors. The spicy character surfaces once again wrapped in the warmth of subdued alcohol.

Mouthfeel if a tad flat with a medium body, moderate fine carbonation and a nice even finish.

Drinkability is above average. I bet this would be fantastic on cask.

Overall an interesting ale of quiet intensity. Surprisingly warming with only 6% ABV. It seems to me this ale would be done utmost justice straight from the firkin. Will seek this out on tap in the future.

malty, May 01, 2005
Photo of jvdineen
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.

jvdineen, May 18, 2006
Photo of CWiggins
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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.

CWiggins, Jun 24, 2008
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.

smanders, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry fruits and some dry caramel malt is mildly interesting. Taste is also a balanced mix between some medium dry figs and raisins with some notes of dry caramel malt. Body si about average with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. I thought the aroma had some fruity ester that could have lead tom something interesting but the taste couldn't really match up with the rest -not bad overall but I won't seek this again necessarily.

Phyl21ca, Jan 30, 2010
Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.