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Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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183 Ratings
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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)
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

05-18-2014 19:34:33 | More by Sam-VW
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

02-03-2013 01:18:53 | More by hopandbarley28
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-27-2012 01:42:27 | More by thebouch01
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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

01-10-2006 01:30:39 | More by brentk56
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

I hope that I am reveiwing the right beer. The label says Broadside Original Ale Alc 6% VOL.

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a nice creamy white head. The smell is malty, sweet, citrus and yeast. Very fine carbonation that I didn't expect. When I say fine I mean tiny little bubbles. Malty in the beginning with a bit of bitterness in the end. Nuts, citrus and a hint of hops are what I get.

The first Adnams that I had was at The Nags Head in London. That was on cask, this is in the bottle. Both excellent.

12-12-2003 23:52:57 | More by CharlesRiver
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-15-2013 14:31:02 | More by mrfrancis
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-08-2014 01:22:47 | More by PSU-Man
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-30-2011 20:47:08 | More by kelvarnsen
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

03-23-2008 01:21:08 | More by AylwinForbes
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

WOW! An English Ale in a brown bottle! I'm rating the taste high just because of that. Deep brown with a copper/gold tinge. Head retention was good, but had to be enticed. Nice even balance of maltiness and hops,maybe a bit of oak and also picking up on some fruit. I would have to call this a "flat" beer, in respect to it's equal parts malt and hops acroos the board. Aroma is typical ale but is fresh and inviting. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is high. Cool bottle too.

11-22-2003 16:39:34 | More by dpend
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

A stong version of ESB, light mahogany in color with tawny highlights. Aroma is full of butterscotch and fruit, some hops for good measure. Plenty of body in this puppy with a hop bitterness that accentuates and does not detract.

Sit down, let this one warm up, and sip slowly as there is lots going on here.

A great ESB sent to the states.

02-19-2004 03:22:26 | More by Chsyhkr
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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
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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
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

A - Dark, nice head that stayed around for a bit.

S - Caramel with hoppiness and currant fruits.

T - Excellent, like a decent strong ale there is plenty to contemplate here. The sweetness is balanced by the hoppy finish. Hard to pick out individual falvours but many present.

M - Slightly on the lively side of carbonation but nicely balanced.

D - A great tasty brew although the ABV means caution should be exercised.

If there is a cask version this needs to be found...

12-01-2007 23:53:43 | More by Stephen63
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

10-07-2004 01:23:43 | More by dauss
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

Burnt reddish-brown with a bubbly cream-colored head that fades away to a small ring around the glass. Brute aromatic force asserts itself through the tiny opening of the bottle right from the get go. Sweet, rotting pine forest smothered in sap, flowers, and alcohol. The slightest roasted flavor provides a welcome accompaniment to the sweetness of the generally smooth, sweet, malty taste. Almost fruity, really. Some grassiness and a mild astringency leads to a potent but brief burst of hops. Very thick and beefy.

05-03-2005 01:40:06 | More by marburg
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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
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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
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

500ml bottle. It says 'Strong Original' on the label, so I'm going with this listing.

This beer pours a clear, medium ruddy bronzed amber hue, with two actively skyborne fingers of bubbly, thinly foamy, yet chunky at the same rate, dirty white head, which leaves some random proliferate specks of lace around the glass as it lazily blows off.

It smells of a strong nutty caramel malt, a bit of toffee, dark, acidic fruit, crystallized brown sugar, and leafy, musty hops - quite hefty, all. The taste is somewhat bready, sturdy biscuity caramel malt, sour, astringent pit fruit, a trifling metallic flinty character, some wayward oily canned nuts, and bitter earthy, leafy hops. A quite subtle, and wee warming rises in concert with deeper reflection (read: drinking) of the beer.

The bubbles are a tad zingy, and lightly cutting, but settle to a support role for the most part, the body a decent medium weight, and maybe a bit too tight and manor-ish to be dubbed really all that smooth. It finishes off-dry, the caramel/toffee sweetness deeply tempered by a lingering musty, old fruitiness, and the stalwart noble hops.

An approachable, and conquer-worthy old-world strong ale, the subtly of it all clear in the restraint in the main players' getting lost in the timid, though distracting enough off-flavours - to note: mineral and must (which sounds like an old Judas Priest song...). Still rather good though, and duly representative of the style, one, like its kin, having lost its place to the more effusive American take on things, sadly, I suppose.

10-12-2012 20:29:47 | More by biboergosum
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

04-13-2004 01:53:11 | More by Jon
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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

03-22-2008 05:16:16 | More by russpowell
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

10-09-2004 20:02:14 | More by stjarnflikka
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

06-15-2008 03:39:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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!!!)

01-12-2007 21:21:08 | More by Chaz
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

04-26-2006 04:24:08 | More by hero27
Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.