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Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

180 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
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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brewbucker

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 00:07:23 | More by brewbucker
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ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Generally, Engish ale isn't one of my favourite styles but this one is probably one of my favourites so far. I'd have another.

This beer is dark with a nice red copper hue. The head starts thick and dense but recedes to a spotty layer with some nice lacing.

It has a very clean nose - almost too clean. There is some nice faint caramel maltiness that is balanced well with hop. The aroma improves as it warms up to release some nuttier tones.

The first thing that is outstanding is the smooth mouthfeel. The soft start transitions to a watery, yet slightly creamy feel into light courseness in the finish. Like most English Ales, the carbonation is on the lower side but this one isn't too flat.

The flavour is like the smell - very clean. The malt is light and not too sweet - some mild caramel, molasses tones. The finish is more prominent with enough hop to give it a good low-level of grapefruit bitterness which lingers well after the drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 04:34:06 | More by ecoastman
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

500ml bottle poured into pint glass20/12/12 cheers Chris for the bottle and having such an awesome name

A a clear reddish copper with about as many bubbles as you could fit in a glass, a thumbs width of dense tan foam has great retention ending up as a pencil eraser top like island and leaves lots of random lace, sexy looking stuff

S a nutty malt monster with some nice fruity notes and lots of brown sugar both crystal and burnt, some earthy notes and the smell is quite strong, I can smell it from the table

T much like the nose with a fruit packed, nutty caramel bar thing going on that works well, some faint spice, lots of caramels and earthy hops, packed with flavor

M medium-full with mellow carbonation that give it a creamy feel, I almost expected it to be foamy and airy after seeing how carbonated it looks but everything's well done in this department

O solid stuff and a good example of an English Strong ale, malty and the booze is well hidden, I'd say this would make a good session beer but it would end up being a short session at 6.3% its pretty easy to drink

I really had no idea what to expect and it turned out to be pretty solid, I'm wondering what else this brewery's getting up to and I may just go out of my way to find out

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 19:48:35 | More by wordemupg
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afinepilsner

Iowa

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

12oz bottle

Adnams Broadside Original Ale was a slightly hazy dark red-amber color with a large light tan head. The head was thick and longlasting with lots of lacing left behind. The aroma was sweet malt and a little toasty. The taste was malty, toasty, fruity and a touch peppery with just enough hops to balance the malt. It started fairly sweet with a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel was full with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 00:40:31 | More by afinepilsner
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-15-2004 14:09:08 | More by Dogbrick
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wedge

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Dark burnt reddish copper hue - creamy head is modest in size. Rich aroma of sweet toasted caramel, bread, and a fruity alcohol character. Taste is quite bready at first followed by sweet barley malt and toasted caramel. Little to no hops but pleasant woody, apple and cherry flavors. Mouthfeel is pretty full and textured with a dry finish.

All kinds of hefty malts in this beer. This would probably make a great Fall season ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 02:50:48 | More by wedge
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a deep reddy brown colour with some amber tinges... Creamy tan head poured nice and thick and meringue like then settled to a nice thin layer which lasted until near the end... some light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Toffee malts, spicy dark fruits (figs, some blackcurrents, prunes), biscuity notes, nutty sweetness, malt loaf notes, nutmeg, some light rum traces, definite treacle notes, spicy / peppery hops...

Taste – Strong spicy dark bitter fruits (definite prunes, figs, and raisins), light toasted toffee malts, definite treacle notes, light sweetness, spicy / peppery hops, light warming alcohol notes, breadiness...

Feel - Sharp initially but quite creamy afterwards... Medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable considering strength...

Overall - An excellent strong ale... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 09:03:09 | More by mdagnew
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 22:51:54 | More by grub
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2004 00:58:53 | More by oberon
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daliandragon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 05:05:19 | More by daliandragon
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Sigmund

Norway

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 18:32:43 | More by Sigmund
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 23:07:14 | More by jdhilt
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donnebaby

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 19:49:44 | More by donnebaby
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 21:49:37 | More by biegaman
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woemad

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 04:38:13 | More by woemad
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chilidog

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 00:31:31 | More by chilidog
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Citadel82

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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)

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 02:32:48 | More by Citadel82
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 01:12:04 | More by ThirstyBird
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 22:26:13 | More by CanuckRover
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leinie13

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-18-2012 03:12:08 | More by leinie13
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-29-2011 20:30:49 | More by cdwil
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kegerator

Maryland

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

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 11:38:42 | More by kegerator
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Rainintheface

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 21:06:28 | More by Rainintheface
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 19:23:29 | More by cypressbob
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-03-2012 23:45:41 | More by harpus
Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.