Tolly Cobbold Phoenix | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Tolly Cobbold PhoenixTolly Cobbold Phoenix

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BlackHaddock on 01-18-2011

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer in my local Tesco - it caught my eye as I hadn't seen it before or heard of the brewer. Once at home I looked up Tolly Cobbold online; it turns out this is actually brewed by Greene King who now own the rights to the name. Tolly Cobbold was a merger of two breweries - Tollemache and Cobbold - located in Sussex. It was bought out by another brewery in 2002, and subsequently acquired by Greene King. They appear to have resurrected the name, hence Phoenix. No idea whether this ale resembles anything from the original brewery.

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Oct 2011. Dark ruby colour in the bottle. The label mentions a bit about the history of the name, and states 'Celebrate the Resurrection' on the front underneath a Phoenix motif. This ale contains oats and wheat in addition to barley.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A dark coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a creamy off-white head that lasts for a couple of minutes. A rich malty aroma with caramel and burnt notes. Some sweetness, and faint buttery undertones. Smells pretty good.

Flavour of roasted malt with decent bitterness. An attenuated sweetness is present, along with burnt notes and a distinct butteryness (presumably diacetyl). Body is rather watery and less substantial than it could be. Slightly astringent, with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

This ale smells good, but promises more than it delivers in flavour. Decent, and worth trying for novelty's sake.

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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at George IV (LSE student pub).

Very nice dark amber with a good tan head.

Caramel on the nose with a nice bit of crispness from the hops.

Biscuity and caramel malts have the run of the place up front, but they give way to some surprisingly tasty hop flavours. Starts off kind of continental with touches of a bit of citrus and finishes with a familiar English bitterness.

This is a well-balanced bitter. Would gladly make it a stand-by if more widely available.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tolly Cobbold was the name of a closed brewery in Suffolk some years ago. Greene King have resurrected the name and added the bird that rise's out of the ashes to the beers name.

The 500ml clear bottle had a best before date of July 2011, drank and reviewed on 18th Jan 2011.

Poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard: the beer looked lovely, a bright yet deep amber body with a thin off-white head on top.

The smells were of toffee apple sweetness, with a malty caramel feel.

The initial taste is malty and semi-sweet, the hops appear as the mouth drys, but adding little bitterness.

Easy to drink and well balanced (hops maybe hiding a little), I like the sweeter, maltier tasting English Bitters, so this is appealing to me.

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Tolly Cobbold Phoenix from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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