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Great Bustard | Stonehenge Ales Limited [Bunces Brewery]

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Brewed by:
Stonehenge Ales Limited [Bunces Brewery]
United Kingdom (England)

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wl0307 on 02-08-2011

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 8
Reviews by MutualAid:
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3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from the UK by a friend:

Appearance - Pours light reddish-brown with a white, one-finger head. Nice lacing and decent retention.

Smell - Big, bready malt aromas here with light, floral hops wafting in and out.

Taste - Malt is more assertive up front than the hop or yeast flavors, but by no means overwhelming. The middle and finish is characterized by a yeast-derived fruitiness and followed swiftly by a refreshing piney hop flavor. Good bitterness for the style.

Mouthfeel - Definitely geared towards session drinking; a bit thinner than we usually drink in the US. Of course, this makes for a good hot weather beer whereas an ESB like Fuller's is my go to in Autumn.

Overall - I wish I had a couple of six-packs of this. A good, balanced ESB that hits the style and is highly sessionable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JuliusTheCat
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of shivtim
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Herky21
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handpump halfpint at The Market Porter.

A: Clear copper body with a thin but sticky tan head. Nice lacing.

S: Grassy, herbal, earthy hops dominate, giving the beer a distinctly dry, leafy aroma. A bit of biscuity, crusty malt accentuates the dryness and adds some depth. Not bad at all.

T: More malt-driven than the aroma indicated, with delicate bread, biscuit, and fruity notes starting things off. The herbal hops show up to close things out with a bitter, sticky finish. Tasty, refreshing, but not quite as well-integrated as could be hoped. THe maltiness reminds me a bit of a Scotch whisky, which is a bid odd, but intriguing.

M: Soft and substantial; low carbonation.

O: Interesting beer, and one that I would recommend anyone try a half-pint of. Not my favorite ESB ever, but a fun one all the same.


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Photo of wl0307
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB date unknown; served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a copper hue, coming with a thin layer of off-white froth and light carbonation
S: rather sweet and sour-fruity with hints of dried berries and ripe plums, featuring mainly caramely malts. Not complex at all but still pleasant.
T: the foretaste comes rather aromatic and fruity (burned plums, dried berries, dates and even sour-sweet muskat grapes) on top of very good and rich malty backbone and nicely lingering herbal bitterness, plus a touch of Styrian Golding like hop aroma. The finish is moderately zesty bitter and yet full of quality malt aftertaste.
M&D: albeit not bottle-conditioned, the carbonation is rather smooth and even natural, not at all fizzy, while the body remains medium vis-à-vis the moderate flavour profile. All in all this is a good product with a nice flavour structure, although the aroma perhaps could be tuned much more pronounced and complex to make it even more attractive from an earlier stage of tasting.

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Great Bustard from Stonehenge Ales Limited [Bunces Brewery]
3.61 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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