Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours out a clear brownish-amber color with a single finger of tan foam that lasts for about three minutes and leaves behind fairly decent loops of lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels, smooth texture.
Smells of an even blend of caramel and toffee malts with a general toasted nuttiness and plenty of dark fruits. The bottle wasn't kidding when the label boasted of a fruit cake aroma. The flavor follows suit mostly, with a touch of balancing herbal / medicinal hopping. A faintly metallic ghostly flavor nuance does appear as the glass warms up, but rather than being a flaw, it surprisingly seems to provide a dab of extra counter-balance to the malt sweetness! It's really good... right up there amongst my other personal favorite English offerings.
10-14-2012 00:18:56 | More by WastingFreetime
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
500ml bottle. It says 'Strong Original' on the label, so I'm going with this listing.
This beer pours a clear, medium ruddy bronzed amber hue, with two actively skyborne fingers of bubbly, thinly foamy, yet chunky at the same rate, dirty white head, which leaves some random proliferate specks of lace around the glass as it lazily blows off.
It smells of a strong nutty caramel malt, a bit of toffee, dark, acidic fruit, crystallized brown sugar, and leafy, musty hops - quite hefty, all. The taste is somewhat bready, sturdy biscuity caramel malt, sour, astringent pit fruit, a trifling metallic flinty character, some wayward oily canned nuts, and bitter earthy, leafy hops. A quite subtle, and wee warming rises in concert with deeper reflection (read: drinking) of the beer.
The bubbles are a tad zingy, and lightly cutting, but settle to a support role for the most part, the body a decent medium weight, and maybe a bit too tight and manor-ish to be dubbed really all that smooth. It finishes off-dry, the caramel/toffee sweetness deeply tempered by a lingering musty, old fruitiness, and the stalwart noble hops.
An approachable, and conquer-worthy old-world strong ale, the subtly of it all clear in the restraint in the main players' getting lost in the timid, though distracting enough off-flavours - to note: mineral and must (which sounds like an old Judas Priest song...). Still rather good though, and duly representative of the style, one, like its kin, having lost its place to the more effusive American take on things, sadly, I suppose.
10-12-2012 20:29:47 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
06-29-2012 01:31:52 | More by jlindros
4.93/5 rDev +26.1%
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.
06-15-2012 07:02:40 | More by Offa
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours a clear brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty along with some caramel and slightly fruity aromas. Taste is of sweet malt and some burnt caramel flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very malty presence that I am enjoying.
06-09-2012 01:00:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
04-23-2012 17:49:18 | More by hosehead83
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Chestnut brown colour with a part bubbly, part foamy head that is off-white to very light brown in colour. There appears to be plenty of carbonation and nice retention.
Quite sweet and very fruity smelling with some strong earthy malts and sugar. There are a few hops in there too and lots of toffee and maybe even a little banana amongst other fruits fighting to be noticed. The sweetness is pleasant and the aroma seems quite well balanced.
Very sweet and sugary with a lot of different fruits in there, amongst them is some banana and figs along with a little hint of toffee as well as some vanilla. I also detected some earthy malts and hops with a lingering sweetness that works really well.
Medium-full mouthfeel with a great, creamy texture and lots of sugary sweetness from the fruit. The beer has a sticky smoothness to it and is a lot more refreshing than you would imagine.
Really nice and well balanced beer that has a great sweet, fruity taste to it with a wonderful body. This one goes down really well and is excellent to take your time with. I usually shy away from English style ales but this one is definitely one I can see myself going back to.
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04-14-2012 17:25:38 | More by flyingpig
3.95/5 rDev +1%
Aroma is not strong but has tempting notes of malt and fruit with hints of molasses and toffee. It pours a clear, dark cola brown with a decent light tan head. Flavor fills the mouth with malt, caramel, wood, molasses and toffee with a subtle undertone of fruit, mainly apple and cherry. Smooth texture has plenty of fizz and leaves behind a nice malty, woody tingle.
04-14-2012 02:22:24 | More by Cyberkedi
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
12-21-2011 20:27:51 | More by thierrynantes
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured a nice deep copper colour that's almost clear. Head dissipated quickly with no lacing but there could be a temperature issue there as it came straight from the fridge.
Aromas were caramel and hop but not quite leaping out of the glass. Flavour is caramel, toffee and a bit bready with a crisp bitter finish. Not super complex but still tasty. A risk of booziness but restrained enough not to spoil the balance and mouthfeel. Not the best strong ale but enjoyable and relatively inexpensive.
08-05-2011 09:46:45 | More by rjimlad
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
The brew pours a see through mahogany hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger fast vanishing head with sporadic lacing,the smell is xmas pudding,brandy and earthy hops,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel and has tastes of xmas pudding,caramel,burnt toffee,fruit bread and finished with a plum jam dryness and definately moreish and overall a nice drop thats very drinkable and hides its high ABV very well.
07-03-2011 07:26:11 | More by ADZA
3.65/5 rDev -6.6%
Aromas are definitely not the strong suit of this beer. Slight toasted pale and sweet caramel malts. The earthy English hops are most prevalent but not "fresh" if that makes sense.
The tastes begin with a solid Marris Otter English pale malt backbone with complementary lesser caramel sweet maltiness. Hope soon join the picture; strong bitterness from the spicy and earthy English hops. Really one of the better/lingering bitter flavor profile of any English beer I have had lately. As it warms you get some nice English fruit yeast flavor contributions.
Mouthfeel is medium-full mouthfeel that makes the beer a pleasure to drink. Hops add a nice drying finish. Overall this is definitely one of the better English Strong Ales I have had in recently memory. ABV is well masked and the flavors and pleasant bitter finish make up for the average aromas. Recommended over the ESB from Adanams; both are good, but not revolutionary, but that is not their purpose.
05-31-2011 14:29:38 | More by claspada
3.65/5 rDev -6.6%
500ml, best by 7/31/11. Gift from a friend, and I haven't had (reviewed) a British ale in a while.
Pours a slightly hazy, coppery amber with a fantastic creamy head. Nice sheets of lacing.
The nose has a big dose of woody hops, though not much else.
Very bitter strong ale here. The middle reveals some nice malt complexity, with a burnt caramel goodness and toasty notes. Little bit of tang and ale fruitiness. The finish is very dry and woody. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy with medium-low carbonation. I appreciate the hop bitterness, but I feel this is unbalanced in the end. In addition, the (moderate) alcohol content is pretty noticeable.
This is a solid beer, though nothing I'd seek out.
05-16-2011 18:08:51 | More by dasenebler
3.58/5 rDev -8.4%
( 39/50, 6% alc/vol, Home) Very thick and chunky head of thick bubbles of light brown color. Leaves lace everywhere. Beautiful pinkish-brown color. You'll see… filtered and hazey. Usually, expired beer doesn’t smell this good. There's gotta be a catch! Strawberry tartness and chocolate vanilla. Some esters of banana cream pie. Light but for an english ale, wow! There's the catch! The metal aftertaste of an expired brew. I really want to try this new and fresh or on draft! Bitter finish ruined by metal. Could be on the over-bitter side. Silky smooth, medium thick body. Warm and sensuous on the tongue. Small tickle of carbonation. Slight sour. Nutty and Sweet. Oh! How dissapoointing, smelled and looked like a clear winner. Still very nice brew, smooth, bitter and aromatic and warm.
05-07-2011 18:42:04 | More by iguenard
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +1%
A 500ml bottle with a BB date of July 2011. The label mentions that this was brewed in commemoration of the battle of Sole Bay. The stylised image of a navel battle is cool. I received this for Christmas as part of a gift pack - cheers!
Poured into a pint glass. A deep reddish-brown colour with strong carbonation. Produces a thick, creamy off-white head that subsides slowly but remains for the entire glass. A rich malty aroma with a whiff of alcohol. Notes of burnt/roasted malt. Warm and inviting.
The taste is dark malt with good bitterness. Plenty of roasted malt on the palate, as well as burnt flavours. No obvious hoppy notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy with mild astringency. Leaves a rounded bitter aftertaste.
An excellent dark ale, and well worth seeking out. Achieves a great balance between the dark malt and hops bitterness. I'd have this again....
01-23-2011 01:15:10 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-03-2010 09:59:47 | More by Finite
Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.