Jennings Sneck Lifter | Jennings Brothers PLC

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Jennings Sneck LifterJennings Sneck Lifter

Brewed by:
Jennings Brothers PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Antilochus
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by a beer-loving coworker. 5.10% abv, 500mL bottle. Best before Apr 09.

Dark red coppery-brown body under a large tan/offwhite head.

Malty nose, hint of roast, cola, old coffee. Burnt caramel.. slightly sweet. Nice.

Roasted malt. Rich palate, slightly sweet and grainy with stoutish notes through. Dark fruits. Finishes on very stoutish note, although mouthfeel is very effervescent. Nice. Unique in that sense. I like.

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Photo of velkyal
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is something special about British beer names, and I think Sneck Lifter has to be my favourite, but more importantly it was a wonderful, wonderful beer.

The colour of the beer is a deep russet, dark dark red that is almost black, and the head an ivory crown (forgive me for waxing lyrical).

Tastewise this ale is smooth, caramelly and sweet without being cloying - it is essentially an easy beer to drink, as any good beers should be.

I am looking forward to parting with many more a sneck on this stuff.

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Photo of Stephen63
4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark beer with exceptional head that was almost yellow. Head stayed to the bottom of the glass.

S - Fruity and malty with a flowery background.

T - Wonderfully complex beer. Struggling to sort out all the competing flavours but dark fruit and treacle were prominent. Bitterness in the finish but not overpowering.

M - Really smooth and silky.

D - Bit on the strong side to have more than a couple of pints but enjoyed each sip.

This was served in the Lake District (Sun Inn, Pooley Bridge), so it was close to the brewery and in excellent condition. Certainly one of the best bitters I have had. I was thinking of getting a couple of bottles but probably they would be a bit of a disappointment after the cask version. A really great beer.

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Photo of bditty187
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Faintly hazy, brown-copper in hue with ruby highlights; I like the color. Beige foam, at the apex the head was a healthy three fingers tall. Head retention was impressive; the bubbles were slow to fade to a tight cap. Subsequent lacing was fairly widespread. A small cap lasted the entire consumption. This is a terrific looking beer!

Unexpected nose! I smell coffee grinds, burnt toast, old paper, wood, dried earth, and stale (dark) fruit biscuits. The aromas are very well rounded. Caramel notes in the background, maybe some nutmeg… fruitcake? Moderate-high potency, chatty… I really enjoy the bouquet. It is quite complex without being overly hoppy, malty, or alcoholic. A bouquet like this is very uncommon in the US. I love it!

The palate has a tad more bitterness then the nose explained (which is nice). On the other hand, the maltiness is a bit firmer then expected (which I’m indifferent too). There is terrific balance; burnt toast, coffee grinds upfront, tea-like hops, earthy bitterness in the middle, then some dark fruit notes, hints of figs and nutmeg, with a finish that is toasty and vaguely sweet. Dry aftertaste… it leaves me wanting more. Complex. Like I said about the nose, a palate like this is very uncommon in the US. Tasty!

Medium/medium-light in body, low carbonation, I wish the mouthfeel was a tad fuller and the carbonation was just tickle livelier but these are small complaints. The mouthfeel works well enough.

It takes a beer like this to force me to reflect on all the complaining I do about English beers. Sure, I love Fullers, Meantime, JW Lees, Landlord but so many of the English beers we get in the US are crap like Wychwood and St. Peter’s. I never heard of this beer until I received it as a Christmas gift from my girlfriend’s family visiting from England. I was happy to try it. Now that I have, this has been a rambling way to say this beer is freaking awesome and very damn tasty! I’d kill to try this on cask. Easy to drink… enjoyable! Thank you, Hanna, Holly, Hope, Rose, Dave, and Kathy. My 500ml bottle was not nearly enough!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle, best before Aug 07, drank Jan 07.

Very dark for a strong bitter, deep mahogany red, held up to the light, you can see it is clear and clean as well. My head turned wispy within one sip and a half.

The beer was poured fairly cold, into a straight pint sleeve, but even as it warmed up my nose had trouble picking up any strong aromas. Sour toffee apples, caramel and burnt malts when almost at room temp.

I have visited the brewery and tasted this in its cask form both at the brewery and in a few pubs around the UK, the bottled version is not as good, but still gets a 3.5 score because it is very pleasant. Deep malty flavour, leaning towards Porters and Stouts, but with a lighter, fresher, cleaner, less creamy mouthfeel and texture.

A good bottled beer, better on cask, but worth trying if unable to take the cask conditioned version.

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Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 19 JUL 07, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: clear, dark reddish brown in colour; a loosely-foamy beige head of 1cm thickness with great retention; low carbonation.
S: pleasant malty theme with a twist of hops--the burned, bitter-sweet edge of caramel and toffee plus roasted nuts and wood dominate the nose, laced with milder notes of dark stone-fruits, raisins, and ripe apples. The sweet+roasty tinge of dark malts is particularly reminiscent of a porter to me... settled, juicy, malty, with a nice kick of spice.
T: a flow of bitter-sweet chocolate malts and toffee abounds, laced with faint traces of black cherries and bitter nuttiness... quietly the tea-leafy hop bitterness, dark chocolates' bitterness, and licorice-like dryish-sweetness join force to extend the aftertaste; pretty pleasant bitter-sweet finish and a touch dryish deep down the wings of the tongue, with abundant entry of hops manifesting on the mouthfeel, but everything is balanced nicely.
M&D: soft in carbonation and medium-bodied, this Premium Bitter is less complex and more malty than its many fruitier counterparts I'm really fond of. But the quality shown in this bottle is really impressive, and the body holds just extremely well from the first drop through to the last, resulting in a consistently satisfying palate. A solid ale by Jennings~~

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up from Berry Cellars along with a few others. Tease didn’t like the labelling, but that's neither here nor there.
Dark brown/umber in colour with a thin off white head. Beer looks to be filtered, very clear, slow bubbles rising to the surface. Head clings momentarily to the sides of the glass when swirled.
Aromas of roastyness and malt, very little to no hop aroma. Treacle brown sugar aromas. This beer is sadly just out of date by 3 months…
Tastes awesome, big burnt toffee and malty, nice easy bitterness, almost a brown ale in flavour. Not what I’d call a bitter. A slight astringency, almost liquorice in character, with hints of nuts and chocolate. The bitterness is slight, but there to balance the sweetness from the malt. Possibly the bitterness also comes from the dark malts, in a roasty sort of way.
Great and easy drinking ale, reminded me of Black Sheep almost.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare... I've had the cask version of this before so was interested to try the bottled version...

Poured a dark mahogany red colour... Creamy tan head poured quite thick then faded to thin layer... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice caramel maltiness, strong biscuity notes, light nutmeg, nutty hints, light spicy hops, some pepperiness, fruitcake notes, figs and dates, light treacle sweetness...

Taste – Nice drying hop bitterness, light toffee maltiness, spicy, slight mustiness, oaky notes, very light nutty sweetness, definite biscuity traces...

Feel - Quite smooth with slight sharpness underneath. Medium bodied. Very drinkable - would make a pretty good session beer...

Overall - A pretty good beer... not as good as the cask version but still pretty good...

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Photo of stevecee2003
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap, at the source, at the brewery in the Lakes District in England. It doesn't get any better than this.

This beer will kick your $ss. It is wonderful. I had the opportunity to taste it (several times) at the brewery in the Lakes in England. Wow. It pours magnificently with a good head, that settles into a nice lace.

It smells of the malts used in the process. When you smell it you want to snorkle down a few more ounces to get it going. It has that kind of smell. Full bodied.

Slightly burnt taste. But just so. There's also a hint of citrus aroma. There's toffy and some maltiness. But the dark sultry taste over-rides. It's surprisingly strong, and will knock you for six if you're not careful.

I may be prejudiced, as I got the chance to go round the other side of the bar and pull a few pints for the patrons, and myself. It was glorious. To some in the northwest of England this is "mothers milk".

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Photo of GreenCard
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before 09.2005...

Appearance: mahogany, great clarity, fluffy/creamy layer of tan head, lace

Aroma: coffee grinds, burnt toast, old books, malt, soy sauce, licorice

Flavor: roasty and toasty, dry malt backbone, slight acidity, finishes as dry as it starts with a roasty, rooty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, a bit astringent on the teeth

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Photo of zerk
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife brought this one back foer me when she went to London.

Pours chestnut with a thick tan head. Aroma has a touch of a metallic presence to it, with some notes of caramel and herbs. Flavor is quite nice... with subdued caramel, bread, a touch of chocolate, and some balancing light bitterness. It's medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Quite a refreshing beer.

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Photo of rastaman
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like raisins and maple syrup, burnt raisin and coffee on the palate, some nice drying resiny hops towards the finish, tastes exactly of its ingredients, which is a good thing, solid, mildly complex, tasty brew. Nothing too much wrong with it, perhaps a bit to much sweetness, quite tasty.

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