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Thunder Holt | Joseph Holt Group plc

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Brewed by:
Joseph Holt Group plc
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of Charliehogarth86
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of wl0307
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned. BB 28/10/2007, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark ruby to copper hue, coming with a thick, fluffy off-white foamy head on top of constant streams of fizziness.
S: sweet dark fruits, liquidy toffee and lightly chocolatey crystal malts come along with a mildly dusty note (coming from the froth and hops); quite thin on the nose, and the sweet fruitiness seems to overwhelm the nose, hence off balance overall.
T: effervescently-textured sour-sweet dried dark fruits come with a touch of longan-fruits, brown-sugary malts, a faint trace of creamy toffee, followed by a slightly dry hop-bitterness as of licorice and other ground Chinese herbs towards the end, where an interesting trace of blue cheese's mould is also revealed. For a premium bitter, the complexity is absent on the palate.
M&D: rather thin-bodied, simplistic in terms of flavour profile, and slightly too fizzy for a 5.0%abv. premium bitter. The pasteurisation seems to kill of lots of flavour and makes this a somewhat dull beer.

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Photo of ToneControl
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I fully agree with BSF: Holt's have tried to break new ground here, and have failed to get a good result.
The beer has a malty toffee taste, with no real aftertaste other than toffee. Pretty much a forgettable beer - you can at least finish the pint (some beers I will leave unfinished), but I had no desire to buy another.

In the past, I have tried some short-term Holt's brews that were excellent but sadly this is not one of them (DBA was a good special issue beer - too long ago for me to review properly for BA though),

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Thunder Holt from Joseph Holt Group plc
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 3 ratings