Thames Welsh ESB | Felinfoel Brewery Co.

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Thames Welsh ESBThames Welsh ESB

Brewed by:
Felinfoel Brewery Co.
Wales, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 05-01-2002

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Photo of Shiredave
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the big long neck bottle and the Red Griffon on the label. It sets the mood for something bold and Celtic. Deep orange / amber color, slightly hazed, strong aromas of spiced apples,diacytal and alcohols along with sweet burnt toffee. Well carbonated with a tan head that receeds to the perimeter in a creamy ring. Flavors are strong of caramel with a touch of maple and chocolate that meld amazingly into the solid hop flavor and bittering at the end. The seamless segway from rich toffee to earthy hop bitter is my favorite thing about this Ale. A bit rough around the edges maybe, but a great strong ale / ESB as it used to be. ( I presume...)

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Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of a heavyweight ESB, with aspects of apple showing up throughout. In the glass it could have passed for unfiltered apple cider. The aroma was exactly like a caramel apple. Up front, moderately sweet, with apple cider and caramel predominant, and then darker fruit flavors pop in, prune juice the easiest to identify. Very full bodied, almost barley wine-like. I paired this with some strong herbed feta cheese and melon and was one happy camper.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber with ruby highlights and a creamy light tan head that drops shortly but keeps a good collar and leaves some OK lace. The aroma offers a distinct caramel maltiness, some very nice fruitiness (soft ripe berries), and a minor acetone (lacquer-thinner type aroma probably due to high fermentation temperatures). The acetone can be distracting at one point or another, but overall it's not so bold that it ruins the beer. In fact, part way through the pint I hardly noticed it. I don't think that I could ever find it endearing... but it wasn't completely off-putting. The body is light/medium with a fine and gentle carbonation that leaves it nicely creamy in the mouth. Very smooth. The flavor mirrors the aroma with some very nice dark crystal maltiness and an almost wine-like fruitiness . There are some very light hops in the flavor, but it's mainly balanced towards softly sweet maltiness propped by underlying hop bitterness. It finishes dryish with a mild, almost wine-like fruitiness (which may actually be coming from a combination with the light note of acetone) as well as some light grassy hop. Fairly nice overall.

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Photo of inebrius
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raisin bread, butter and hop marmalade nose. Thin lacy head on top a deep amber. A caramel malt base is cut with earthy English hops and mineral water. Quite a special and tasty bitter.

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Photo of Mark
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably a better cold weather brew but I was eager to try it. Ruby colored ale with a tan airy head, lace was good. Very fruity with a sweet caramel malt base. Excellent mouthfeel. Very unique tasting beer and just might be better next time.

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Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark amber color and left a nice light tan head that subsided but left some nice lace. An aroma of malt, carmel and some hops. The flavor was of carmel, chocolate and malt. This again strikes me as a rather sweet ESB, but is still a good beer.

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Photo of Viking
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brownish-amber ale. Nice frothy head, stacked about 1/2 inch over top of glass without 'overflow'. Head dissipates quickly, but thin covering of lace remains on top of the beer, and on the side of the glass. Rich caramel aroma and flavor. A bit of yeast and alcohol present in aroma. Very mild fruit hiding under caramel flavor. finishes with oily, bitter hop flavor (but not overpowering). Kinda 'chewy'. Nice refreshing brew, with a bit of a kick.

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Thames Welsh ESB from Felinfoel Brewery Co.
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