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Adnams Broadside - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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very good

240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 16
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of admiral
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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!

admiral, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of KevinRailton
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

KevinRailton, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of PolarBear3
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

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

PolarBear3, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of chogm54
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

chogm54, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of patsollom
2/5  rDev -48.1%

patsollom, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Localdrinklax, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

rolltide8425, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

endless1408, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of hansavijaticar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

hansavijaticar, May 31, 2014
Photo of LegalAlienBC
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

LegalAlienBC, May 27, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +3.9%

NickThePyro, May 19, 2014
Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Sam-VW, May 16, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

woodychandler, May 15, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

mrfrancis, May 14, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jerseyislandbeer, May 03, 2014
Photo of Foyle
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours with a 2" foamy off white head that recedes very slowly and leaves significant lacing. Ruby red/brown in color with mild carbonation bubbles.
Aroma: sweet fruit, clove, spice, earthy hops
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and somewhat watery. A little sticky with a semi-dry finish.
Flavor: a complex combination of sweet flavors (licorice, banana, clove, raisins) with a strong earthy hop presence for balance.
Overall: a very good, but not outstanding beer. I would not consider this beer sessionable as it is quite filling. It would be best served as a dessert beer or paired with proper food (such as strong cheese or roast beef).

Foyle, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Herky21
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Herky21, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of nztayls
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells fantastic, and like the bottle says - of fruitcake with no real hop aroma to speak off. Pours with a nice white head that dissipates reasonably quickly , and is a dark rich brown with a tinge of red to it. Nice and malty, with a lingering bitterness. Overall a very nice drop.

nztayls, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Vsarmatov
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Vsarmatov, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of tbone64
2/5  rDev -48.1%

tbone64, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

stevoj, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

RusImpStoLuv, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

BeerForMuscle, Feb 18, 2014
Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.