Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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4.58/5 rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
putting this here as the other one is more for the lighter cask version which i have not tried.
this is one english ale that can count itself among the best going around! its not a beer i have ever had a big session on, but one that has never failed to tickle my tastebuds and a few other faculties each time ove had the pleasure of indulging.
its got a great deep ruby like color, and its apparent lack of head retention is intentional. they dont like much head on their beers in those parts of england. its location by the sea explains the strong presence of the old briny! you can smell and taste it in the brew, and adds wonderful character to a beautifully well rounded beer. there are aspects of dried fruit (raisins, currants, peel) and nice oaky overtones all backed with an insistant but not dominant malt flavor. the finish is highlighted with the classic kent goldings and fuggles hops, providing a balance of spiciness and bitterness. combined with that slightly salty taste of the sea, broadside has a touch of individuality that sets it aside from most others in this genre.
i really never notice that its quite strong, even for a traditional english ale, but that is yet another thing about broadside that makes me give it consideration every time im in the mood for a top quality beer from the u.k. i cant wait to head over there next year and get into some of this from the keg!
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2004 17:17:04 | More by diablo14
4.6/5 rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This was a gravity poured cask. No CO2 or Nitro was harmed in the pouring of this beer. Delivered in a traditional engish pint glass.
Beer was medium-to-dark mahogany with no head what-so-ever.
Nose was all vanilla, fruit and oak. Strong alcohol presense.
Taste was superb. Very complex. Strong malt with many other flavors mixed in, mostly fruit (plum) and some oaky flavors as well. Long drawn out finish.
Serving type: cask
08-16-2004 01:44:24 | More by oracle
4.93/5 rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This is a wonderful example of a characterful English ale that achieves great richness and complexity on relatively modest strength.
Deep reddish brown – but bright – it has a medium off-white head that slowly thins to foamy ring and some lace.
Aroma is wonderful, rich caramelized dark bread rum-soaked dried fruits – raisins and figs – hint of gingerbread, jammy fruit, hints of metal and earth. It is very English.
Taste is similar, extremely rich and complex, engaging and lively. It has rich spicy-sweet caramelized dark breads, rum-soaked dried cherries and caramelised jam, a hint of plum pudding, strong earthy-toasty finish and earthy-spicy bitterness. It has amazing richness of character whilst remaining light and engaging. It is somewhat similar to another favourite of mine, Fuller’s 1845.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2012 07:02:40 | More by Offa
Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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