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Adnams Broadside Strong Original - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

185 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 08-26-2003)
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Photo of Dogbrick
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the St. James Tavern in London. Dark amber/brown color with a medium thin light tan head. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma is rather fruity, with hints of caramel and malt. Medium-bodied and very smooth and smokey. Flavors of caramel, grape, and roasted malt. The finish is silky and long. This is a solid beer that can be found in many pubs/taverns in London.

Dogbrick, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cyberkedi, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one had a huge, explosive head, which is unusual for the style. The body is a dark, solid brown.

Smell – The light, toasted malts are subtle but well-defined. There’s a spritzy yeast character to the nose as well. I can pick up some wicked fruit like green apple and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste – The malts are huge at the taste. This is almost like drinking that liquid malt you can buy at a homebrew shop. The light yeast character from the nose made it’s way to the taste. The tart apple and some fruity sweetness round out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is full-bodied with some light woody notes that really smooth out the mouthfeel. There’s just the right amount of alcohol warmth on the tongue.

Drinkability – This one is a mouthfull, that’s for sure. It is thick and chewy and almost needs a knife and fork.

RoyalT, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy copper/brown color. At first, a large beige head forms, but it recedes to a ring quickly. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet toasted malt with some fruity aromas of pears and apples.
T: Sweet toasted malt. Caramel and a nutty flavor. Fruity flavors that follow the nose. Some interesting spices as well.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated and creamy. The ABV is only at 6%, but it is still a little hot. Something to sip on.

A good English Strong Ale. Something I would recommend.

champ103, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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

RBorsato, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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?

francisweizen, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

mrfrancis, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

canucklehead, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ADZA, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +2.3%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of tgbljb
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

tgbljb, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of bobsy
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely decorated bottle illustrating an old British Warship. The name commemorate the battle of Sole Bay in 1672, where the English navy faced off against the Dutch. Purchased at the LCBO.

A majestic ruby stream eventually fills my pint glass to the brim, stirring up a rocky tan foam that strains at the edges. The liquid is dark, and very lightly hazy, yet also beguiling. The head leaves gratuitous lacing all the way down. Its porn for foam addicts. Good head indeed. Fruity malt aroma has a good scoop of yeast and some nice spicing to tempt the tastebuds. The only offputting feature is the occasional intrusion of a metallic nature, which doesn't help maintain the pleasant impression I've had so far.

The taste screams full on malt bomb with a barrage of caramel and toffee punching holes through a very thin bitterness to such an extent that it can only really become more prominent in the finish. In fact, the hops seem to be adrift at sea, and I think could play a slightly fuller role to round this one out. Overall the flavour profile reminds me a lot of Fuller's 1845, but with a touch less balance. The mouthfeel is full and satisfying - one would almost say chewy - which compliments the toffee and caramel profile nicely.

Overall, its a satisfying drink for colder weather. The remaining sugars make this a sweet (but not sickly) sipper, with just the right amount of body to provide the depth and meat of a heavy hitter.

bobsy, Jan 23, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

NJpadreFan, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of grub
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before 11 JUN 09. label indicates 6.3% abv. sampled dec 17/08.

pours deep red-brown with a thick tan head. the head drops fairly fast, but leaves a thick layer of lace behind.

aroma is good. big and malty. caramel and toffee. biscuit and multi-grain bread. light alcohol. slightly earthy and woody. a bit of spicy hop presence.

taste is good. just over medium bitterness level. touch of alcohol. loads of chewy biscuit and multi-grain bread here too, with the caramel and toffee taking more of a back seat. touch of butterscotch too. the earthy and spicy hops are joined by a floral and almost perfumey component. just a hint of grapefruit and tangerine.

mouthfeel is great. medium-full body from the nice chewy malt. medium carbonation level. i think i'd like this one with just a touch less carbonation, and bet it would be excellent on cask.

drinkability is good. nice balance, solid malty base, and great english hop character. good stuff. even with the moderate ABV, i'm tempted to throw a few of these in the cellar and see how they change. i think that caramel+malt would really come to life once the bitterness mellowed a little, likely approaching more of an old ale character. still, a fine brew as it stands today.

grub, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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...

dsa7783, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Dark burnt reddish copper hue - creamy head is modest in size. Rich aroma of sweet toasted caramel, bread, and a fruity alcohol character. Taste is quite bready at first followed by sweet barley malt and toasted caramel. Little to no hops but pleasant woody, apple and cherry flavors. Mouthfeel is pretty full and textured with a dry finish.

All kinds of hefty malts in this beer. This would probably make a great Fall season ale.

wedge, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

mdillon86, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

thierrynantes, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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....

jazzyjeff13, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of lackenhauser
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color-on the border of brown.Huge foamy head that slowly receeded and continued down the glass.Big malt aroma-hints of caramel.Somewhat spicy.Great flavor-malty with notes of chocolate and caramel.Big,full mouthfeel.Velvety smooth.Great residual sweetness.A great beer I could drink all night.Some of the recent British beers I have had are really lacking something-this makes up for all them in a big way.

lackenhauser, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Unusual bottle, best by, blurb about the Battle of Sole Bay in 1672. Longer version is on the four pack container. 6%, good number for an ESB. Pours a little darker than I thought, maroon or ruby highlights. Too dark I think.

S: Very good; darker fruits than the style would normally have: fig or currant. Dark malt, slight yeast emerges.

T: Not exactly what I associate with Extra Special Bitter. This is definitely a strong bitter, although not particularly bitter. The hop profile is largely in the background, I get dark fruits, some citric hop but not much [not much citric either; the packaging says marmalade, who am I to disagree], and mostly roasty malt.

M: Rather thick, more so as the beer warms. Unusually for an ESB, I would recommend serving cold. Good quote from an occasional beer drinker: "It tastes like cough syrup."

D: Not great, the end of one makes you not really want another. Not crisp and refreshing or particularly true to the style. It's a good beer, but not really what it says it is. Recommended for dark Belgian ale fans moreso than British IPA/bitter fans.

BretSikkink, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of Offa
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.

Offa, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a deep reddy brown colour with some amber tinges... Creamy tan head poured nice and thick and meringue like then settled to a nice thin layer which lasted until near the end... some light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Toffee malts, spicy dark fruits (figs, some blackcurrents, prunes), biscuity notes, nutty sweetness, malt loaf notes, nutmeg, some light rum traces, definite treacle notes, spicy / peppery hops...

Taste – Strong spicy dark bitter fruits (definite prunes, figs, and raisins), light toasted toffee malts, definite treacle notes, light sweetness, spicy / peppery hops, light warming alcohol notes, breadiness...

Feel - Sharp initially but quite creamy afterwards... Medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable considering strength...

Overall - An excellent strong ale... Recommended...

mdagnew, Jul 26, 2006
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3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep shade of copper, medium carbonation. Forms a decent white head that has some girth to it. Lacing is minimal.

Not alot to the nose. Some dark fruits and sweet malts are about all that come through in the smell. The taste? Boy oh boy what a nice fruitiness to this beer. A deep berry type presence mixed with a lighter more citrusy pineapple and buried in a mix of charred malt and caramel. Alcohol grows as it warms and is a welcomed change from the rich malty goodness.

Notes: Tasted pretty damn nice. Missed alot of the other categories in my opinion. Rather heavy for the style in the mouthfeel, kinda syrupy at times. Bit of a tinny presence as well. All told this is probably the last I'll have of this. In order to pay import prices I'll have to have a stunner to keep up the purchases.

DogFood11, Aug 18, 2006
Adnams Broadside Strong Original from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.