Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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very good

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 196
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | 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

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Beer added by: jdhilt on 08-26-2003

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Photo of Stephen63
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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... (476 characters)

Photo of dauss
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (676 characters)

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of dpend
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (478 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (518 characters)

Photo of Chsyhkr
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (346 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (588 characters)

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (521 characters)

Photo of amicar
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer. A red- tinged brown with a creamy dense head that is of mild- medium size. Smell is wondefully complex; musky, lighly hopped aroma, some nice roasty things in there. Slight fruitiness on the nose if you look for it. More intensity of smell than most beers I've had. Taste is a nice mix of base malt and an appropriate degree of roast malts underneath giving way to a sharp little hop bite when the slight seetness fades. Good slick fullness in the mouth and stays in the mouth for a long time. It has all the intensity and complexity I love in a world- class beer, but a light enough hand in it that I could find a lot of these empty in a night. If all the bottles are this good (especially for $1.79/ pint bottle), I'm stocking up. (756 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice deep auburn color with a creamy tan head. Fruity aroma with some hops but a little vegetable note in there as well. Taste is very creamy on the mouth with a rich caramel sweetness and good English hop hit on the backside that provides a fruityness. Slight buttery note actually helps the smoothness of this really thick, chewy bready body. It all works here. Depth is an issue and the richness could be overwhelming after a few but overall this is simply a really well made English ale. (498 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle from Florian's. Hazy brick-reddish/brown with around an inch of off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Diacetyl plays a big part in the aroma with a fair bit of malt. Biscuit malt and earthy hops dominate the flavor with undertones of diacetyl. Very well balanced. Full flavored. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation to support it. Drinkable as well. This is a damn good English ale. I'm quite impressed, and will deffinitely be picking this one up again. (497 characters)

Photo of SwillBilly
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a deep, rich mahogony color with a 2 finger, light tan head. After head disspates a tightly bubbled, nice lacing aheres to the side of the glass.

Smell: Biscuity, with hints of sweet, caramel malt, slightly fruity, possibly apricots or currants.

Taste: Sweet caramel and fresh fruit flavors start then gives way to a slight hop bitterness at the finish. Leaves the mouth slightly dry and wanting more.

Mouthfeel is fairly chewy and creamy.

I like this one a lot. An easy drinker that is worth seeking out. 6% abv is well hidden but could catch up if sessioning this beer. Overall a very good strong ale that I would buy again. (675 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half liter borwn bottle. Best by date printed on back label.

Dull Bronze colour, reddish highlights. Dense off white head holds nicely.

Fruity aromas with a backbone of earthy hoppiness.

Caramel, dark fruit (plums & figs). Finish is quick & off dry w/ some restrained English type hop flavours. Very drinkable. (319 characters)

Photo of MillySox
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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! (390 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Adnams Broadside Original Ale- alc 6% by Vol.
1 pt .9 fl oz

Appearance: a beautiful reddish brown with a thick creamy tan head.
Smell: Floral with lotsa hops. A little piney.
Taste: very good! Bitter with a snap of hops.

Overall a very good beer. I'll buy again. (272 characters)

Photo of DiUr
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It shows a very dark ruby hue, with heavy appearance and a beige head that slowly recedes and leaves good lacing.

Smells of sweet buttery malts, green apples and liquorice.

Taste is roasted malts, earhy yeast, dark fruits, caramel and liquorice. Subtle hops are present all trough the sip, which add to the drinkability and perfectly balance the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium to thick with very light but enough carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

A solid offering from Adnams to be sipped in the colder months which i could have again any day. It reminds of the stronger Stouts and easily the best i´ve had on this style at the moment. Had to edit my review because this fine ale is growing on me. Pretty good! (729 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle copped for $3.99 from Wine and Liquor Outlet in Boonton...
Pours a ruby-red, mahogany-brown hue with a copious amount of lacing and a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly dissipating...
Smell was bursting with rich malts balanced by a nice suggestion of hops, caramel, and vanilla...
Taste was very similar to the smell, with noticeable manifestations of honey, vanilla, caramel, sugars, nicely balanced with a touch of hops and malts, grains, and a fresh, crisp, flavor of figs and prunes along with an obvious toffe taste and a hint of bread and butter... More malty than hoppy, but an excellent balance of both, true-to-the-style without a doubt, bursting with quality...
Overall, this one is certainly on-point for an English Strong Ale - one of the best representations I've come across... this one is the real thing - Definitely recommended with an ultra-easy level of drinkability that combined great flavor and taste without any cloying or interfering flavors... Recommended... (1,051 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured clear deep amber. The head was off-white and lasted quite a while to eventually lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and malty with cherries and caramel.

The flavor was fruity with cherry flavor and malty sweetness. In the background is a nice bitterness to balance the sweetness and keep it from overpowering the beer.

The finish was dry and bitter, but not unpleasant. The body was medium full.

16.9 ounce bottle. Marked at 6% ABV. Best before 26 Nov 04. (484 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml skiny brown bottle. Has the Adnams raised letters just under the label. The label is a shiny maroon, and navy, with a clipper ship. The back label describes the battle of Sole Bay vs the Dutch Republic in 1672 off the Southwold Coast, complete with a reproduction of a print depicting burning ships. God Bless the British Empire. I really wish I would figure out the download picture thing, this is a cool bottle of beer. Best before 27 Mar '04 cleary stamped on the back.
Deep mahogany. Rich, shiny and full.Touches of glowing ruby along the edges. Dense, creamy khaki head. Sticky, hop resiny white lace all the way down the glass. Overall a shade darker than you expect. Dark wood color is eye candy for the English Bitter lover. Malty smooth aromas underneath a hint of tradtional hops. First taste has a hint of biscuity malt and toasted bread. The bitter shot of hops follows up. A real drinking treat, this beer is super smooth creamy and soft on the tongue. Nearly melts in your mouth. Not a hint of alcohol, yet you get the idea of it's 6.3 %. Listed as an old ale, tastes like a bitter and feels like a pale ale.
Nicely hopped, bitter finish, asks you to have another taste. Supersmooth and completely drinkable. A very impressive beer in my opinion. Really worth the wait. Purchased at a grocery store near Prestwick, Scotlund and stuffed in the back of my beer fridge for the last 7 months. (1,412 characters)

Photo of Lupe
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper in color with a large, beige head that slowly recedes to form a nice sheet over the liquid. Some sporadic lace is left behind. Toffee and fruit aroma with earthy hops in the backround. Very malty with caramel and toasted flavors. Green apple crosses the palate along with a buttery flavor. Earthy and lightly spicy hops balance out the malt. Finishes sweet, then drys out. Medium-full in body, very smooth and slick. Highly drinkable. Very flavorful but not too assertive. A wonderful ale. (502 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. 3 months after the Best Before date, but have no fear, this beer is in great shape. Dark amber with a nice off-white head. Sweet malt aroma with subtle fruit and toffee. Chewy malt flavor flavor with a hint of fruit, and a nice hop flavor in the finish. Great balance, complexity, and drinkability. It's hard to put this one down. I would love to try this beer on cask. It must be orgasmic. Until that day, keep the 500 ml bottles coming. Great beer. (465 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful shade of dark red-orange-copper with a toffee colored head of firmsticky foam. Each looks great in isolation and they look even better in combination. As the cap deflates, thick strands and streamers of lace stick to the glass with authority.

The aroma is on the underpowered side. It's firmly toasted (sweet and caramel-like) as well as being moderately British hoppy. Good, but far from great.

Broadside Strong Original is very good beer. I'm not sure what distinguishes it from the lower-ABV Broadside ESB (except ABV of course), so I'll just ignore style and describe what I taste. This is a superbly well-balanced ale with plenty of ingredients. The solid-as-a-rock malt backbone delivers a lusciously sweet caramel flavor and a medium-full mouthfeel that makes the beer a pleasure to drink.

ABSO is also dark fruity and contains a hint of spiciness, possibly emanating from the well chosen, generous amount of hops. I'm especially enjoying the longish finish, during which sweet malt and earthy-spicy hops keep things balanced until long after the swallow. Its bold, yet refined, flavor makes English strong ale the perfect choice when assigning style.

I like this beer much more than I thought I would. While Adnams SSB was pretty good stuff, Broadside Strong Original is a cut above. I'd love to get my hands on the whole Adnams line, but I'm not sure they're available on this side of the pond. Recommended. (1,440 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Nose: fruity, plums, herbal hops, spicy malt.
Brilliant deep ruby brown chestnut under a light frothy tan tinted white 2" persistent head that leaves thick lacing from top to bottom.
Palate: clean malt, a subtle fruity sweetness with a touch of plum over a background of light caramel accented with light herbal hops. The hops quickly rise to balance the initial sweetness and linger pleasantly into the aftertaste. No roast malt flavors. The fruit flavors come out more as the beer warms. A hint of treacle. Balance is ever so slightly to the hops.
Medium to just below on the body, medium low carbonation. (609 characters)

Photo of RDAdams
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle was a gift from a shop owner for some advice I had given her. She thought it was an excellent beer and I had never heard of it before.

I chilled it to 62 F (16.7 C). The head was a off-white and retained almost to the final sip. The aroma was very pleasant. I would compare the taste, the mouthfeel, and the drinkability to Fullers' London Pride and note that this beer would easily be my choice over London Pride.

In the '90's I spent a few months every year in England and Scotland and made a point of drinking as many different beers as possible. So I am surprised that I never had Adnams before. (612 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper brown with a nice light brown head, decent carbonation, and sheets of lace. Sweet malty aroma and a bit nutty. Nutty malt flavors with a bit of cherry-like fruitiness; nicely balanced and not too sweet. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a drying malt finish.

Per BOM notes: Gold - 2003 GBBF - Strong Bitter.
English Maris Otter.
English Challenger, Fuggles and Goldings hops.

Lot #: 5069
Tasted: 11/07/05 (421 characters)

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