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1849 | Joseph Holt Group plc

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Brewed by:
Joseph Holt Group plc
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wl0307 on 04-07-2007

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by djura:
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3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got it from Italy.

A-Ruby,honey,amber color. Nice carbonation,darker foam. Clear.

S-Sweet malt and a touch of dark fruits.

T/M-Very sweet,strong carbonation,drinkable. It is more pale ale then strong bitter in my opinion.

O-Average,but drinkable,so i would taste it again if possible.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rob133
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 25 Nov 2008, drank 09 Jan 2008, which was cold wet and windy dat in Shropshire.

Poured into a pint sleeved glass.

Good colour, a deep terracotta red/amber with a weak biege head that tried to stay, but failed.

Some malt, hops and fruits of the forrest are in the aroma, but it isn't a heavy smelling beer.

The flavour is a well balanced mix of the basic ingrediance that should be in good strong bitter.

A little weak in the mouthfeel, not really watery, but not a thick feel either.

No a bad beer, one I would have again but not look for.

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2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´11.Ruby color.White,small bubbled,foam.Crown is close & dense.Good retention.Moderate toasted malt & fresh fruit aromas. Strawberry & peppery flavors.Smotth hoppy bitterness,subtle buttery. Nutty notes.Quite watery finish.Full body, carbonation is good. Sherry aftertaste.Little fat drinkability.Better balanced flavors are missed.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.27/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear amber with nice white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, very little aroma to speak about. Taste is mostly bitter with malt, spicy hops, caramel. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of asull238
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of janubio
2.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml. bottle. Red brown colour, with an off white head that does not last for too long. Smell of caramel, dark fruits and some unpleasant, like rotten fruits or something like that. A bit watery in the palate, with lime notes on it. Taste of caramel, dark fruits, liquorice. Not bad, but nothing really appealing.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.24/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle 4,5% Abv
Served lightly chilled in a pint glass
BB 19/01/2012
Reviewed from notes, consumed during 2011

Appearance: 1849 Champion Ale pours a dark copper brown with a large off white head. Retention and lacing are average.

Smell: Hmmm, very disappointing nose, light toasted grain, metallic elements and the smallest hint of floral hops.

Taste: As with the nose, the taste is rather disappointing. Some malty sweetness and a touch of hops are about it.

Mouthfeel: A little fuller than light bodied with a high level (a little too high for an English ale) of carbonation.

Overall: Sadly a very disappointing beer, not one I will seek out again.

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Photo of ceetee26
2.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of mariobbr
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of charlatan
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From 500 ml bottle with best before date in May 2011. This is a chestnut coloured beer with significant off white head. The nose is fairly sweet and slightly chalky nose with a hint of rhubarb.

The beer is well carbonated, rather watery and fairly sweet. The hops are at best subtle here. It certainly isn't unpleasant in any way but I would prefer something bolder.

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Photo of wl0307
3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle, BB 28 JAN 08, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Description on the back label: "Originally brewed in 1999 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the brewery", hence the name "1849".

A: bright dark copper colour, a thick layer of light-beige froth remains tight; carbonation is consistently lively, not OTT.
S: like all other Holt's bottled beers, the dusty note comes through assertively, hand in hand with a lively, citrus-fruity note of hops (a bit like Goldings), dried autumny berry-fruits, dates, toffee-ish malts and a touch of burned sugar. The aroma is as hoppy as it is malty, with some sort of balance, albeit lacking complexity.
T: floral+earthy taste of hops prevail upfront, followed by plenty of toffee-ish, bitter-sweet maltiness and licorice-like dryish bitterness, while the sour-sweet fruity edge of hops stays behind as the supporting actor; the semi-dry, slightly tannic, and floral undertone of dried leafy hops lingers pretty well until the end of tasting, along with a faint trace of raisins, longan-fruits, and burned-sugary maltiness.
M&D: quite soft on the palate, despite the fizzy outlook; this is a medium-bodied premium bitter with a pleasant(-enough) aroma, semi-balanced flavour, and some belated input of dryish hoppy aftertaste. Alas, the body falls a bit thin in the end, while the flavour becomes dull after breathing for several minutes. Having said that, this is apparently better than some other bitters in Holt's bottled range that I've tried. So, I wouldn't mind trying the cask version to see where the real beef is for this 150th Anniversary treat.

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1849 from Joseph Holt Group plc
Beer rating: 2.95 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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