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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:
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:
Beer added by: jdhilt on 08-26-2003

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adnams’ Broadside Original Ale is a good English beer that makes me want to visit the UK and tour the pubs of London.

It pours clear orange amber, brown with a 2.5 finger head that leaves a trace of white lace.

The smell is a very pleasant strong fruity hop aroma that hints of acetaldehyde.

It is smooth bodied w/a fine light carbonation.

The taste starts out malty sweet, but quickly dries leaving a mild resiny hop bitterness.

Adnams’ Broadside is a good example of the English Pale Ale, enjoyable, but not my favorite beer style. A beer I think would be much better on cask, in a London pub on a warm, rainy summer afternoon.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep amber brew with a nice 1 finger head. Smells of beer, i thought i smelled a slight bit of skunk at first but if it was it left quickly. Taste of sweet malt ,nicely rounded out by hops very subtle.Goes down smooth nice sweet lingering aftertaste.Pretty good brew,wouldnt mind having a few of these bad boys around.

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Photo of marc77
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly murked ruddy chestnut hue. Mountainous, fluffy light tan head leaves frothy lace. Mellow notes of singed toffee and licorice in aroma, accompanied by earthy hop and trace butterscotch. Just a touch too soft aromawise, but welcoming nonetheless. In flavor, prevalent in malt character is an impression of treacle sweetened burnt biscuit and raisin. After a deliberation, dryish, baker's chocolate melds with butterscotch and dark crystal malt tones to lend a cocoa dusted caramel candy impression. Hop bitterness creeps in, soundly offsetting caramel sweetness and lending overall balance. Undertone of candied fig augments as the beer warms. Mild woody hop flavor complements bitter chocolate notes. Agreeably dextrinous in mouthfeel, but not overly so. Finishes with a surprising surge of hop bitterness that yields to a continution of burnt malt tones. A flavorful, rather complex ale that's seemingly a hybrid of a true ESB and English old ale. Not every flavor component coalesces, however, thus precluding excellence. Regardless, Broadside is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.45 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:


Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bowling pin style bottle, best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Pasty off white lace clings well, weather brownish bronze hue is dark and inviting.

Smell: Ripe pear and black currant fruit mix as well as a light metallic malt sweetness. Touch of buttery yeast in the back.

Taste: Very malty with toasted and caramel like qualities, hops barley crest the sweetness and lend some flavor as well. A touch of ripe dark fruit with a hint of buttery yeast and alcoholic esters in the back. Finishes a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel: Slick thickness on the palate drops out after a quick prickle of carbonation.

Notes: A very flavorful strong ale with simple complexities. An easy pick to pair with a nice hearty sandwich for lunch.

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Photo of trics90
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass mug.

Pours out a clear, very dark brown with a hint of ruby red. A light brown head which goes down quickly but retains a thin layer.

A strong smell of dark berries and currents. A little bit biscuity.

Initial taste is very sweet, of brown sugar with a strong fruity flavour. A vert pleasant fruitcake and hoppy aftertaste with a hint of caramel.

Has a fairly thick and creamy feel in the mouth with a slight carbonation.

Overall, not the usual beer I would go for but enjoyable none the less. I would not have guessed the strong alcohol content and it wasn't as thick or filling as I expected which is a good thing for me. A beer which is very different to most which I would recommend.

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Photo of ChiSox05
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almond brown with a creamy beige tinged head. Translucent. Some lacing, average head retention.

A fruity smell of cranberries or cranberry sauce and apple. Blend of citrusy hops while malt has a sweet, nutty smell. Complex, probably the most standout feature of this beer.

The taste showed more of the roasted malt than the smell, and counteracts the heavily bitter hops that hit the front of the tongue. Hops and malt are both strong. Alcoholic, slightly metallic.

Bitterness weighs on the palate and is held in check by the malt. Strong taste, alcoholic, but not overpowering because the carbonation is smoothing and mellows the whole beer.

A powerful beer whose characteristics play off each other well. Complex, would like to try it on tap.

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Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a 1/4" off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It is dry with a malty scent. It also had a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good. It is full of malty flavor with a strong caramel finish. It has a dryness that makes the beer very crisp and slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks well. It is a good strong ale. It has good flavor and malt complexity.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : reddish amber color, with white foam head.
Smell : malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malts, with notes of wood and bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Strong Ale.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bronze, color, good,creamy head, full and active, yet quick to crumble down. Aroma: very airy, some citrus, yeasty, fruity, but wide, wide open, almost empty. Yet, actually, pretty much dead-on for style.
Taste: tiny, fruity, slightly bitter flavor right off, then smooth, malty, easy-going. A little too sweet and malty, for my taste, but probably, again, right on the button for what they're trying to do. Yep, kind of treacly, but that's what makes Newcastle so damned popular. Nice, little hops, big, fat, fruity malt, very smooth and utterly drinkable. Body is medium, at best, and finish is, perhaps, too short, too sweet.
Overall, not to my taste, but a great example of this style.

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Photo of Finite
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark red to deep ruby brown in colour with a tight, brilliant clarity. Medium fine carbonation releasing into a medium, surprisingly small head but creamy and lightly tanned. Light lacing on the glass.

S- Dull while cold but when warmer. Golding hops and alcohol resin, lacquer-like phenols. Hits of fruit and a smooth light cigar-like smoke.

T- Sweet toffee dark and medium roasted malts. Brown sugar, pine sugar, caramel, molasses, alcohol phenols, Floral rosy hops, smokey undertone. Green bitterness of hops lingering on the palate.

M- Sticky, full bodied thick sweet malts. Delicate biting carbonation leaving a residual cleanliness of hop bitterness.

D- For a Full bodied beer you could probably session this which speaks alot for it despite the flavors. A great beer. I have a soft spot for this style but this is top class.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with ruby back-lit tints. A decent light tan head forms,a nd it nicely proudly sticks around for a good long time. Aroma is malty bready with some dark fruit notes, slight brown sugar/molassas, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor follows through, the alcohol is stronger in the flavor than expected for a 6% brew. Also has a somewhat (but not strong) sharp hop bite back end. Overall nice taste, but generally bigger and heavier than I want in a beer most of the time. Body is full and rich.

A good, decent beer, and at $5.99 for a four pack of 12 oz bottles, this one is a great value!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The bottled version of Broadside is 'old school', the cask offering now down to 4.7% ABV.

500ml Bottle, poured into two old 'Home Ales' half-pint countryman tankards on 6 Aug 2013: the wife wanted some! She too likes a malty, sweet English beer.

Looks the part, deep, dark brown with a full and rich tanned beige foaming crown.

Malty molasses rule the aroma and taste: this is a warming, malty brew. Caramel and toffee flavours vie for dominance within both the smell and overall taste. Hops arrive late in the mouth, giving a semi-dry finish and settle the whole thing down a little.

A classic malty British Best Bitter: ideal for those with a sweet tooth like myself.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy amber color with very thin head and little lacing
s: heavy malts with hint of fruits
t: bits of sweet fruit, plenty of roasted malts & a hop bitterness that doesn't seem to hit until the aftertaste
m: medium body, good amount of carbonation, drank it rather cold, which turned out to be fine, pretty smooth
d: i really enjoyed this beer as it was reasonably strong & smooth. one fine english strong ale -- i look forward to the next.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a tulip pint glass...

A - Light brown body, with a ruby glow to it. Rich off-white head, with some good lacing, and pretty good retention. Not very carbonated.

S - Loads of fruit notes; cherries, raisins, grapes. Slightly nutty, with a good caramel malty backbone. Somewhat floral as well, with a faint hint of citrusy hops. I could pick up a little bit of the yeast, which have a very English aroma. So far so good.

T - There was a lot going on. First I got a very fruity malt taste (with hints of cherry, dried fruit, and red grape), somewhat sweet, with loads of caramel and a hint of roastiness. Then the bitterness kicked in, leaving some floral hop notes on the palate. This beer indeed had a fruit cake-like taste to it, and reminded me of a red wine or port. The finish was bitter, with some breadiness to it.

M - Somewhat boozy (but not over the top), with a winter warmer feel to it. Medium-bodied (or slightly thicker than medium) and very lightly carbonated. A touch of spiciness on the tongue could be felt.

D - Not the most drinkable ale, and definitely not a session one. However, it was quite pleasant to drink. I also paired it with some aged cheddar cheese, which was an excellent combination.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep reddish chestnut in colour, no visible carbonation, and a small creamy off-white head.

Aroma: Sweet and malty nose, with some hints of yeast. There is some toffee aromas, with some milky fudge, and noticeable hints of nuts, possible some sweet like cashews.

Taste: Like the aromas, the taste is heavily malty, lots of sweet caramels, and nuttiness. There are some fruity characteristics, maybe raisins, and also, some apple.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body, with moderately light carbonation. Smooth in the palete with a soft finish.

Drinkability: Worryingly drinkable for a strong ale, could easily see my drinking more than recommended in one night. The heavily malt driven flavours are rich and full, offering a superb classic English ale.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz. "half-liter" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber in color, with a concise, bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Pilsner and bread malt
Taste-Subtle fruit, caramel, toasted malt,mineral essence. Subtle hop bite leads to a dryish finish. A very traditional English strong ale. Very pleasant, good character. An enjoyable pint.

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Photo of MrHall
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle bought at LCBO BBD - poured into a chimay goblet (I know, I know)

Soapy white head that disappears and leaves bubbles. A little lacing.

Smells of cherries and maybe blackberries.

Yeah, there's a lot of maltiness there, but I do actually sense a bitter trying to poke throught the middle. Other than that, it's all fruit.

Considering I'm drinking it out of a goblet, lots of carbonation I find. I like it as it cut through the sweetness a bit.

Not a bad after dinner drink, but the carbonation might be a bit filling. I'll pick up a few more before they're gone.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby body topped by a pile of beige foam. The head is moderately retentive and leaves behind a spotty lace. Lots of dried fruit in the aroma; scents of raisin, current, prune, and toffee remind me vaguely of fruitcake. Maybe thats just the power of suggestion given by the blurb on the back of the bottle. Regardless, this stuff smells pretty good. It tastes of malt bread and toffee; fruit flavours at first seem more mute than the scent suggests, but come forward more as the beer warms. Earthy, floral finish provides a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth. Flavourful and balanced, I plan on drinking more of these while it's still to be found on LCBO shelves.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep rich red/brown color, slightly cloudy with a small head that left quickly. Rich, fruity malt in the nose; thin mouthfeel. Taste was first rich malt, then sweet carmel, then buttery malt, then slight hop tartness with a bitter, solvent aftertaste. Very complex and interesting, but not as drinkable as I would have liked. Still, worth trying.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting looking beer, my first from this brewery which I guess one some Brewery of the Year award in 2011, not sure which award but something.

Pours a creamy looking 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly but leaves a big halo ring of nice looking thick lacing, over dark but very clear mahogany brown color with some ruby light streaming through.

Nose has that typical English strong beer aroma, typical yeast, malts, and hops. Lots of fruity esters at first, typical from English yeasts, fruit cake almost with some bright stone type fruits and light bready malts. Very light phenolic touches underneath with a hint of booze that reminisces of beers higher than 6.3% abv. Hops bring a light herbal character. Lots of sweeteners with light brown sugar and molasses, caramel, light biscuit made with brown sugar, and again hinting at the fruit cake.

Taste brings a mild caramelized molasses cake flavor, with the sweetness rushing out to the front. Plenty of molasses and some brown sugar, with hints of caramel and toffee. The bready malts beneath that with decent sweetness really give a taste of molasses cake or rum cake with candied dates or something. Then light fruity esters come through, much less than the nose, but again typical of the English yeast varieties. Fruits add a touch of a fruit cake to the molasses cake. There is also an interesting caramelized almost smoky like coffee syrup flavor, it's a really interesting flavor to run along side the molasses cake and fruit. Then some light herbal earthy hops. The hops are interesting in giving some light grassy herbal flavors, but not the overpowering typical herbal UK style hops I can't stand, so interesting. The finish gets a bit more bitter but never overly bitter, typical of English bitters, it also dries a bit but stays somewhat sweet, more molasses and cake lingering, and a bit of the nutty toffee lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit richer bodied, decent carb.

Overall interesting, pretty much a good example of an English strong beer, that has characteristics of a bitter and a brown ale, with tons of molasses cake, fruity esters, biscuit, etc. and the hops add a nice bitterness and herbal earthy flavor that doesn't go to the icky taste I don't like. Drinkable, and something I wouldn't mind drinking a bunch of at a pub.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer came in a 500 ml. brown bottle with a best before date of 3 February 2005 on the back label. The pour was clear reddish brown with a decent sized reddish white head. The lacing was good too. The aroma was sweetly malty with some earthy mild English hops lurking in the background. The taste was similar with chocolate malts, dark skinned fruits, rum raisins, and charred wood. The hops were restrained, but provided a peppery kick and a dry mouthfeel. It is a bit of stretch to call this one a Strong Ale, as this is at a mere 6% ABV. I would put it in the category of an ordinary Brown Ale. But call it what you may, it is quite good.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RobBeer for bringing this beer all the way to Japan!

A - Dark amber body, transparent thick head. Stubborn lacing.
S - Light sweet earth malts, with English hops.
T - Earthy malt balanced with a substantial bitterness. Smoky aftertaste or rather hints of burnt old fruit. Not overly sweet.
M - A little light in the body. Alcohol integrated nicely.
D - A nice ale to be had, though nothing outstanding.

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Photo of Realale
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear medium mahogany. Fine off-white head settles to a thin, complete cap leaving a lot of lacing.

Nose is caramel, dried cherries, and raisins. Some bready malt pokes through, as does some leafy hop. Bit of earthiness adds complexity.

Medium full in the mouth with the bready malt and caramel dominating. Plenty of fruitness, and enough hop bitterness to balance. Touch of chalkiness helps to boost the hop, and its more controlled than in the SSB. Finish is long and lingering with all of the palate components present.

Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy, and another beer where bottle-conditioning would have a positive impact. Quite drinkable for what it is, and a very nice example of the style. Best before date of February 3, 2005.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new find, this poured a nice very dark amber, with a slight off white head and tons of lace. Smell is malty, some alcohol, some dried fruit in there as well. This is reflected in the flavor as well, hops and some prune aroma is present, it's very bold but quite nice. Mouthfeel is complex as you have the bitterness, alcohol and sweetness all coming together. Drinkability is decent but because of how much the alcohol stands out and how bold the flavor is, I wouldn't session this.

Overall this was a good find and I'd get it again to enjoy once in a while with a heavy meat dish.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice auburn color, with a small but firm head .... the distinct smell includes syrup cake and preserved fruits ... the palate is a very interesting mixture of smoked dark wood (tropical), blueberries and tandoori chicken ... with 6.8% ABV this is rather strong stuff ... Broadside is best enjoyed as a after dinner digestive (where it faces fierce competition from some Belgian trappist brews) ....

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