Adnams Broadside - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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4.25/5 rDev +11%
Bottle: A large dark brown 500mL bottle with a decent label. (3.5)
Appearance: pours out a dark red-brown in colour with a moderate amount of fine carbonation visible. A fantastically thick and creamy one-finger beige head hangs about for quite a time, with great lacing. Looks good. (4.5)
Aroma: definite notes of earth and resin, some bread malts and a touch of some sweet alcohol - perhaps sherry. (4.0)
Taste: a fantastic combination of the characteristics on the nose - earth and resin with bread malts and heavy fruits. (4.5)
Aftertaste: some sherry comes through in the aftertaste, along with the full profile on the palate lingering for quite a time. (4.5)
Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation that brings the flavour through nicely - if you decide to let it warm enough. (4.0)
Overall: one of the better beers I have had to date, and certainly one of the best English Bitters. Generally I find English Bitters way over-priced and pretty boring, but this one is full on flavour and a very decent price. An equivalent price of 24 x 330mL case for AU$55 (2014) is almost unheard of for something this good. Surely this must be an introductory price, as this is a new ale to Queensland...
08-30-2014 11:23:43 | More by SmashPants
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
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
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
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
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
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
Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.