Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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88
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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jdhilt on 08-26-2003)
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Photo of gbarron
3.98/5  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.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +2%
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?

Photo of Naes
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This strong ale is dark amber in color with ruby highlights. It also caries a tall frothy tan head that retains and laces well.
The aroma is of caramel malt and has almost no hops detectable to the nose.
The flavor starts out sweet and finishes with a slight alcohol warming which I find surprising considering that this is only 6% ABV.
Mouth feel is medium in body.

This is an alright beer, but I will not go out of my way for it.

Photo of Citadel82
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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)

Photo of joecast
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ok adnams. ill give you another shot after the disappointment of your ssb (and this was already in the fridge anyway). i hope to see a marked improvement.
best before 7/06 6.3% abv

pours deep mahogany with a lightly tanned stable head. sufficient carbonation. leaves lacing befitting the arrogant bastard pint glass into which it was poured.

bready malty aroma. nail polish remover plays up the alcohol a bit. label says 6.3%abv, smells like much more. not much on the hops.

malt hits the mouth hard. slightly on the sweet side, but not by much. slightly drying finish. hop presence is there, but only just. tough to get a good measure on the bitterness/flavor of the hops as the malt seems to bully its way around the tastebuds.

overall, id say this is a bit young. change the label to "best after" and it would probably mellow out nicely. not much on the hops fresh, so you wont lose much there. and let the malt "settle" a bit.
better yet, bottle condition it, age it a year, and you've got yourself a damn fine strong/old ale. come on, you know you want to.

Photo of rebel1771
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely dark reddish brown with a decent head. Nice aroma with hints of fruit and sweet malts. The fruit found in the aroma makes a return in the front end of flavor and fades to a slightly roasted malt flavor. The only thing I didn't like about the flavor was the peppery finish. This is a decent brew but not my favorite.

Photo of chilidog
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Photo of watermelonman
3.98/5  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.

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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

Photo of wl0307
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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

Photo of canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought back from UK this is a beer with a distinctive profile. The beer tasted slightly of caramel with a real semi-sweet malty finish. I really liked the fact that it created its own identity with the toffee richness. Big head on a pretty light brown body this beer is a real charmer.

Photo of RDAdams
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beer of the month club selection.
Poured a medium copper with abundant off-white head. Smell is very malts combined with dark fruits (plums, raisins). Taste is fruity mixed with a nice hoppy bitterness. Finishes smooth. Good drinking beer. Thanks to BA mtanji for the sample.

Photo of SwillBilly
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Sigmund
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of amicar
4.28/5  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.

Photo of kegerator
4/5  rDev +2%
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

Photo of tweeder263
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of marburg
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of malty
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml nicely curved bottle - BB Feb 05 (it's been in a cool dark fridge for the past 8 months.

Beautiful ruby-copper color with a very faint off-white head that disipates to a fine cloud with a tiny halo above the ale.

Notes of carmelized dark fruits, molasses and bread dough. Winey notes are apparent also.

A warming spicy caramel flavor hits the tongue at first. Followed by roasted malts and cracker-like flavors. The spicy character surfaces once again wrapped in the warmth of subdued alcohol.

Mouthfeel if a tad flat with a medium body, moderate fine carbonation and a nice even finish.

Drinkability is above average. I bet this would be fantastic on cask.

Overall an interesting ale of quiet intensity. Surprisingly warming with only 6% ABV. It seems to me this ale would be done utmost justice straight from the firkin. Will seek this out on tap in the future.

Photo of granger10
4.3/5  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.

Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.