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Adnams Broadside - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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very good

225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 15
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002)
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United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from 500ml bottle fresh from the local Waitrose down the street in Marylebone, London. 2 for 3 GBP sale...not bad.
Pours a deep amber brown with reddish highlights in the light. Off-white, tan head with dense foam.
Nice nose...something lacking from most of the ESBs I've had here. Malty caramel notes.
Flavor is rich. Solid malt backbone with smokey flavors and some caramel. Nice bitterness on the finish in an overall well-balanced beer.
I will likely pick up a couple more soon.

08-22-2014 18:25:13 | More by captaincoffee
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-19-2014 03:18:17 | More by LJWalker
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

A: Deep amber-brown. Lovely, dark bloom, which dissipates after a few minutes. Minimal lacing.

S: Strong malt backbone, with a wine-like fragrance. Almost port-like in fact. Definite notes of nut and oak.

T: Very well balanced, strong bitter. Toasty, biscuit flavors. Port-like alcoholic flavor. Very dry and surprisingly refreshing.

O: Outstanding example of how great English bitters can be. Along with Fuller's ESB, this is one of my favorite examples.

08-16-2014 17:43:07 | More by Wobbly
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Deep, dark, ruby red. Good head and lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits. Reminiscent of Belgian dubbel and not too far off in abv. Cola. toffee and raisins are all pleasant. This smell very malty and sweet with a bit of booze. There's some stout-esque roasted malt in there too. Nice/

Taste: This beer tastes like toffee. Swueet and delicious. Malty, roasty and delicious. Broadside is full bodied. Theres a touch of English hop bitterness at the back end underlying the predominant syrupy sweetness. Very unctuous in flavour.

Overall: This is really a great English Ale. Right up there next to Fuller's 1845 in this genre.1845 is considerdd a strong ale while this is an ESB. I would say there is very much overlap between these styles. A wonderful break from hops and a real taste of the full bodied potential of English beer when breaking free of the confines of English session beers. Highly recommended.


08-06-2014 22:30:37 | More by LagerCognoscenti
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-31-2014 22:06:15 | More by spointon
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

07-25-2014 23:55:03 | More by tjdrewry
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -21.7%

07-25-2014 22:32:13 | More by xhuang61
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

07-14-2014 08:11:17 | More by atrocity
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-13-2014 12:00:18 | More by ckollias
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-11-2014 17:34:35 | More by magpieken
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3.76/5  rDev -1.8%

A great example of a strong English ale/bitter

aroma: treacle, dark fruit/fruit cake, candy and minerals

taste: dark fruit/fruit cake, candy, treacle/brown sugar, raisins, currents with slight vanilla bean and toffee and a touch of spice/pepper. rich malt and fruit cake combined - very tasty!

07-11-2014 08:14:39 | More by admiral
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

06-30-2014 18:03:27 | More by KevinRailton
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

A- Pours a dark reddish colour with a slightly tanned head and two finger lacing that retains fairly well

S - Yeasty , spice with banana, some toffee or sweet candy apple, quite a bit going on here

T - Not as pronounced in the palate as the nose some slight toffee, roasted malts, banana along with the spice, almost slightly peppery and bitter on the finish

M - light to medium bodied with low carbonation (a little watery)

O - Not a bad beer ale but lacks a real punch to bring you back for more

06-27-2014 09:18:56 | More by PolarBear3
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4.01/5  rDev +4.7%

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A-pours a thick frothy off white head. Clear. Dark mahogany.

S-nothing much here. Molasses,malt,toffee not too strong or appealing

M-faintly roasted malts with a nice strong choppy bitterness at end. Not as malty and a relatively short finish for an English strong ale

F- dry texture, thin bodied,low carbonation, slight metallic finish.

O- nice bitter. Just like on tap, the warming abv and choppy bitterness puts this beer ahead of other bitters

06-21-2014 05:37:48 | More by chogm54
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United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -47.8%

06-20-2014 18:15:13 | More by patsollom
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-17-2014 03:19:29 | More by Localdrinklax
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-14-2014 22:26:31 | More by rolltide8425
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-01-2014 17:49:54 | More by endless1408
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-31-2014 18:57:20 | More by hansavijaticar
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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +24%

05-27-2014 21:57:06 | More by LegalAlienBC
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-26-2014 14:56:00 | More by Latarnik
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-19-2014 02:20:31 | More by NickThePyro
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-16-2014 12:57:23 | More by Sam-VW
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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

ChANdler is a Britsh surname referring to both a CANdlestick maker as well as a storekeeper aboard ships. Ironically, I was literally and figuratively a ChANdler/chandler for just over fifteen years on four different U. S. Navy ships and my heart remains at sea, on the open ocean. Imagine my elation at seeing this reasonably priced bottle on the shelf recently!

From the bottle: "Commemorating the Battle of Solebay (1672); "Broadside is brewed to commemorate the Battle of Sole Bay, the fierce battle fought against the Dutch Republic in 1672 off the Suffolk coast. The English fleet was moored in Southwold with Admiral Edward Montagu & most of his sailors drinking in local ale houses when called to action! Broadside uses east Anglian malted barley and only one hop variety - First Gold. This dark ruby red ale is full of malty, fruitcake-like flavours and is great savoured with strong cheddar. Delicious served cool."

I popped the cap and began with a heavy-handed pour that netted me two dense fingers of tawny head head with great retention, slowly falling to create some marvelous lacing. ADM Montagu nodded in approval as I directed the helmsman to bring us alee, starboard of those Dutch bastiges. Color was a deep amber with ruby highlights (SRM = > 17, < 22) and NE-quality clarity. Truth-in-advertising time! The nose was, indeed, quite malty and fruity and the descriptor of "fruitcake" definitely applied to both myself and the beer. The order to "Release batteries!" was given and the ship rocked sideways in the water as I hefted the glass to my lips and let fly. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was semi-sweet, at most, with the malt having done its thing and the yeast having had a field day. The taste was very biscuity and fruity and I could think of nothing but fruitcake. Deelish! In the meantime, we had the bloody Dutch on their heels. Our double-crack'd CANnons left those clog-wearing punks on their heels and they had no choice but to tack away and northward from whence they came. One of our lads incurred a splinter which will almost assuredly cost him his arm, though. The finish was fittingly dry and as we headed for safe harbour, I toasted our brave lads in a job well done.

05-15-2014 00:16:29 | More by woodychandler
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-14-2014 17:54:59 | More by mrfrancis
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Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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