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Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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155 Reviews
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Reviews: 155
Hads: 198
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 14
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jdhilt on 08-26-2003

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Photo of Citadel82
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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)

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

A nice find here,pours a rich amber with a nice looking slightly off white head.Aroma is deeply malty with some yeast notes with a touch of fruit,taste is sweet and rich with some great fruity depth.Very smooth going down I have a case and I will savor it.A light bitter finish but a nice big malty brew.

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Photo of daliandragon
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.

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

500 ml bottle, bought in Denmark. Deep copper coloured, very good off-white head. Nice aroma of dark fruits, leather, oak and caramel malts. Flavour is malty sweet with a certain alcoholic burn, but not unpleasant. Some raisin notes too. Decent hops and a peppery finish. Not bad at all.

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

Pours with a serious yellow-brown head that stays, leaving thick sheets of lace. High carbonation. Amber/ruby color, strong malty nose. Medium bodied. Rich malty flavor with some hops in the background. The brewer describes this as "A heart-warming English beer" which is exactly what he has brewed.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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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.

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

This review comes with apologies to historians of the Anglo-Dutch wars and fans of Patrick O'Brian.

Big-ass 1.pt9oz bottle, featuring a line-of-battle ship loosing a broadside - presumably HMS Royal James (ok, that's the only ship name from this battle I know), purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $5.45. I went in looking for AK Smoked Porter for a possible trade. Not finding my quarry (and knowing it was gone everywhere else in town), and feeling all those bottle staring at me, I decided to pick up something to make putting up with the moronic Division Street traffic worth my while. I settled on the Broadside bomber and remembered I'd had a couple of pints of the draft version at the Castle Inn on a rainy day in Cambridge, UK, in the summer of 2001. I decided it would be fun to try the bottled take on it. Also my predilection for naval and maritime history dictated that I had to drink something commemorating the Battle of Sole Bay (or Solebay, as it's often written). "Best before 21 Sept 05." Oops. BTW, why is an English brewery commemorating a defeat? Yeah, yeah, it was their local battle, but their side lost! It'd be like a brewer in Honolulu offering a Day of Infamy IPA, or a Russian brewer making a Tsushima Stout.

Poured a muddy brown that took on a copperish orange shade when held up to direct light, with a big, thick off-white head that dropped faster than you can say Michiel Adriaanszoon De Ruyter. The head dropped in about 2 minutes, but left lovely sheets of foam on the sides of the glass as it made it's way down my imperial pint glass.

The smell isn't what I expected, despite not really knowing what to expect. There's a mild, berry sweetness, along with a mild bitterness. There's also a noticeable bready yeast scent that might have been less strong had this been fresher, but had not reached an unpleasant level. This smelled tasty without being flashy about it.

This unflappable, steady without being spectacular quality carried over to the taste. Make no bones about it - this is a mostly malty beer. The mildly fruity sweetness is the most noticable flavor component, but it's kept from beating the drinker over the head by a no-frills hoppiness that doggedly sticks to it's job -keeping the malts from running amok. Otherwise, the hops are about as active as the French were at Sole Bay.

While more substantial than a typical English pale ale, the thickness of this beer is no slab-sided Dutch built buggar. Mouthfeel-wise, this is at the upper end of medium bodied, with a level of carbonation that keeps this from being too heavy but other wise doesn't draw too much attention to itself.

This is a tasty beer that doesn't make too many demands on the palate, but at the same time is more interesting tasting than a typical English pale ale. It would go well with a hearty (earl of) sandwich, and you'd probably fare better than Mr. Montagu if you chose this.

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Photo of chilidog
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.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of ngandhi
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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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.

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

pours a deep brown color with a decent 1 finger head that sits around for a good bit of time.
smell is sweet, sweet rasins and fruity esters come through.
taste reminded me of simple sugar soaked raisins. very port like in its sweetness. slight carmel notes. it is sweet but not overly sweet
its medium bodied, smooth with a slightly creamy texture to it.
nice beer overall

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

16.9oz bottle, best before Nov. 20, 2007 on reverse label.

A: clear, amber-red with 2 finger off-white head slowly diminishes into thin foam head that stays around awhile

S: fruity aroma, earthy, malts

T: malty caramel flavor, fig

M: med./full bodied with middle of the road carbonation. little bit of alcohol present

D: very drinkable. 1, 2, maybe 3 at a time.

This is a beer I found when I was on a bit of an English beer kick, Quest if you will, and I come back to it often. One: because it tastes so damn good. And two: best b/4 date is always good and many english beers seem to be hit or miss with regards to freshness.
Fours across the board.

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

Chestnut brown colour with a part bubbly, part foamy head that is off-white to very light brown in colour. There appears to be plenty of carbonation and nice retention.

Quite sweet and very fruity smelling with some strong earthy malts and sugar. There are a few hops in there too and lots of toffee and maybe even a little banana amongst other fruits fighting to be noticed. The sweetness is pleasant and the aroma seems quite well balanced.

Very sweet and sugary with a lot of different fruits in there, amongst them is some banana and figs along with a little hint of toffee as well as some vanilla. I also detected some earthy malts and hops with a lingering sweetness that works really well.

Medium-full mouthfeel with a great, creamy texture and lots of sugary sweetness from the fruit. The beer has a sticky smoothness to it and is a lot more refreshing than you would imagine.

Really nice and well balanced beer that has a great sweet, fruity taste to it with a wonderful body. This one goes down really well and is excellent to take your time with. I usually shy away from English style ales but this one is definitely one I can see myself going back to.

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Photo of francisweizen
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?

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Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Revisited this beer in the bottled form. The strength is still the adjusted 6.3%abv., with a BBE date of 01 June 06.

A: in a pint glass it pours a bright brownish hue with dark caramel hint, coming with a thick frothy beer head which just extremely slowly dissipates and leaves tight sheets of off-white lacing on the sides of the glass. Very low carbonated body.
S: caramel and dark malts combined with fruity hops--red apple peel, raisins, toffee, diacetyl, treacle, more fruit esters, and a hint of coconut even... All elements are intertwined to the degree of harmony, with a touch of caramel and dried sweet plums more than others.
T&M: a highly bubbly-textured maltiness hits the palate, coupled with slightly tartly-sweet ripe dark fruits and dried figs, and an underlying flavour of light caramelised sugar along with licorice, while the lightly herbal and fruity hops sustain well at the back of the palate; finished with a residual taste of sour-sweet ripe fruits and very mild bittersweetness. Somehow the mouthfeel is not so clean this time, with plenty of sugary feel staying deep down the palate, while the bubbly texture makes every sip slightly hard to manage initially.
D: less satisfying than my last bottle. I reckon that I serve this one slightly warmer (15 C) and that might be the culprit? Nevertheless this is still a quality brew worth sipping once in a while, esp. now in winter.

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Photo of bruachan
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of watermelonman
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of gbarron
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty along with some caramel and slightly fruity aromas. Taste is of sweet malt and some burnt caramel flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very malty presence that I am enjoying.

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Photo of budsboy
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful 1pt 9oz bottle with sophisticated gold/blue/maroon lable. Pours a very pleasing crystal clear reddish tan with a clean tan head and some nice lacing to boot.

Smell is soft, hops and spice, delicate, flowery.

Tastes is hops first, then a spice that I can't identify -- some smokey flavors there too. This is a bit more complex than I expected. Very interesting and mellow. Calming. I'm finding the center now.

Smooth and comfortable, warming and soothing. Ahhhh.

I keep coming back to this on the shelf. This one is a keeper. Keep some in your cellar for those days you need to relax and reflect on the better things life has to offer. It's that kind of beer.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB date of July 2011. The label mentions that this was brewed in commemoration of the battle of Sole Bay. The stylised image of a navel battle is cool. I received this for Christmas as part of a gift pack - cheers!

Poured into a pint glass. A deep reddish-brown colour with strong carbonation. Produces a thick, creamy off-white head that subsides slowly but remains for the entire glass. A rich malty aroma with a whiff of alcohol. Notes of burnt/roasted malt. Warm and inviting.

The taste is dark malt with good bitterness. Plenty of roasted malt on the palate, as well as burnt flavours. No obvious hoppy notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy with mild astringency. Leaves a rounded bitter aftertaste.

An excellent dark ale, and well worth seeking out. Achieves a great balance between the dark malt and hops bitterness. I'd have this again....

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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.

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Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.