Swordfish | Wadworth and Company Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Wadworth and Company Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by CwrwAmByth on 07-18-2011

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 7
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2012. Picked up some time back from a B&M store. The label describes it as Wadworth's 6X blended with Pusser's Rum, and mentions that it was created to celebrate 100 years of British naval aviation.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy orange-marmalade hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Light lacing. Aroma of fruity caramel malt with hints of dried fruit, earthy yeast, stewed hops and a whiff of sherry. A mild cardboard staleness in the background. No obvious rum notes to be discerned.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mildly fruity character and a dry finish. Notes of dried fruit, toffee, brown sugar, earthy yeast, hay, stewed hops, unripe apples and a hint of sherry/cardboard. Faintly sweet. If there is rum in this ale then it's very well hidden. A restrained, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, tingly and full-bodied, with pleasing carbonation. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity caramel malt and stewed hops.

Not mind blowing, but quite tasty. Looks nice, and the aroma/flavour have a decent fruity character with good depth. The mouthfeel is satisfyingly thick and matches the style. Well-balanced and drinkable, even if the rum seems to be more myth than reality. Worth your trouble if you come across it.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is also the 'Marks & Spencers' Wiltshire Rum Beer as it looks and tastes identical.

500ml bottle best before 19th Dec 2012, poured into a UK pint sleeve glass.

Looks good, full amber body with a good solid head of white bubbles on top, stayed well and gave some lacing.

The nose is malty and heavy, the taste follows along the same lines: can't pretent to find any Rum flavours but there is something diferent about the taste and I like it. Slight hop bitterness in the finish otherwise it is a malt favouring brew.

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Photo of vinicole
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hook Norton Beer Fest' 2016. Gravity fed.
Quite dark brown Very little head.
Sweet aroma of fruit.
Light molasses, toffee and 'raisin n' rum' fudge. Bitter finish.
Full bodied.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a copper tinge, no carbonation and a stunningly white 3 finger foamy head. Random chunks of lacing.

A hint of rum, an hint of orange essence, caramel, toffee, bananas and clean linen.

A hint of rum, caramel and toffee, hard water, light bitter finish on the tongue. Clean linen. Slight citrus acidic character.

Medium body, no carbonation, a dry tannic finish.

Found at Villa Market, Bangkok, drank in Chiang Mai August 7, 2015. Love the story and the fact they get a hint of rum in it. Overall a great brew.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely chestnut brown body with big lazy tan head.

The Aroma surely is the main point of this beer hops and malts are there but muted big sherbet and effervescent notes, brown sugar and of course rum.

The taste surprise surprise is best bitter with a touch of rum,
nice mix though not overly boozy through the navy shot Start like brown sugar then dries off to a nice yeasty note and bitter hop finish

Good solid mouthfeel and nice leven of co2 makes a rum beer for any jolly jack tar.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brown colour with a slight ruby tinge to it. A nice head forms and the lacing is good.

Smells odd, no strong odours at all.

Taste is that of malts and a slight spiciness of the rum. I like the way they have added the rum but kept the focus on the beer. The rum is there in flavour only, so there is not alot of alcohol warmth. Hops have quite a good presence too, adding a bitterness on the swallow.

Overall quite an interesting beer, original yet in keeping with the traditional English bitter.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on cask. Brown with gold highlights...poured with minimal head, but traces lasted well into the beer. Nose was muted; just a touch of fruity malt. Taste had more of those fruity malts than the nose. Firmly bitter, increasing into finish. Mouthfeel...cask. Overall, just okay and pretty forgettable.

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Photo of Poupae
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of DrewLikesBeer
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hopley
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Swordfish from Wadworth and Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 12 ratings