Wells Bombardier Reserve - The Colonel's Choice
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English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
3.55 | pDev: 6.76%
Eagle Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wells Bombardier Reserve - The Colonel's ChoiceWells Bombardier Reserve - The Colonel's Choice
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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Photo of wl0307
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 14/09/2014, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark orangey amber colour with good clarity, coming with a thin off-white foamy head and rather mild level of carbonation.
S: caramelised orange-like fruity malts and sweet biscuity malts lead the aroma, with aromatic Styrian Goldings, orangey-citric English Goldings, apricot, herbal scent lagging behind, as well as an unmissible touch of overripe fruit acidity, likely due to the longer maturation process for this ale.
T: a good-bodied, savoury-sweet maltiness leads the flavour, backed by caramel and biscuity pale malts, hawthorn fruits, light sulphuric quality, spiciness of hops, savoury-sweet preserved fruits (like prunes) and almost licorice-like sweet dried root herbs, leading towards a rather restrained but lingering mouthfeel of hop bitterness.
M&O: lightly carbonated, medium-plus bodied, at 6%abv. but showing a decent level of attenuation, resulting in a pretty good drinkability all in all. It could've been more complex in aroma and flavour but somehow the acidic interference is not tuned well to accompany the other nice flavour elements in a harmonious way. Nice to have tried it at least once.

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Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle opened on 22nd Oct 13, some 6 months from it's BBD.

Looked good, a clear amber colour with a full off-white head.

The aroma was more malts and semi-sweet than hoppy when slightly chilled, as it warmed the hops took over, the same happened in the taste.

This is a very hoppy beer (for the UK), but it takes a while before they register because of the maltiness; it also has a mild marmalade on wheat bread hint within the flavours. The hops do however take over and a spicy/peppery finish prevails, very little bitterness throughout, even when the hops come to the fore.

Good body depth, a very pleasant beer: in well kept cask form it must be wonderful.

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Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Picked up a while back from a supermarket. The label describes it as a rich, hoppy ale.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A deep orange-amber hue with some faint floating sediment and plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with hints of mild grain, barley sugar, leafy hops, subtle pepperiness/spice, a twinge of pine and fruity ale yeast. OK but unexciting.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mildly hoppy character and a bitter finish. Notes of grain, mild caramel, barley sugar, a hint of husk, peppery hops, subtle spice, delicate pine, faint grass/hay and fruity ale yeast. Slightly sweet, followed by a restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and good body. A bit too fizzy. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of subtle aromatic hops, leafy bitterness and sweet malt.

Not too shabby but not a stunner either. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are a decent blend of caramel malt and leafy, spicy hops with a touch of pine. Mild yeast esters in the background. Body is OK. Goes down without any trouble, though I was hoping the hop character would be a shade more assertive. Oh well. Worth trying but no need to track it down.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut brown clear body with a 2mm dense white head

Not much of an aroma reminds me of being around brewing coppers
a whiff of barley and a definite metallic smell

The taste is actually quite good.
Definite hops presence but not that much fruit
Barley sugar hits the tongue initially the alcohol flavouring takes over
before yeasty bitterness ushers it all off the tongue

For such a strong (abv) beer it doesn't sit heavy
perhaps a little too light.
On the plus side it's easy drinking, on the downside it is slightly over fizzy.

Quite good, definitely a reminder of a cask pint of Bombardier
if it was only bottle conditioned I think we would have a great beer here
at present a competent one.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Parkyman
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BoljaBoy52
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Malt_Man
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Served cool from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

A) Deep amber / copper colour, well carbonated for a bitter with a thin white head.

S) Promising. Fruity light hops suggest this could be a refreshing beer despite the strong ABV for a British bitter.

T) ABV hidden well, but nothing big here to speak of. The beer is fairly light, fizzy and refreshing for the style and ABV.

A) Effervescent and refreshing.

O) Surprisingly refreshing. Recommend you buy it if you see it for reasonable price, chill it and chug it down on a warm night. I would say that there is no need for it to be 6%, the flavour profile doesn't justify it.

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Wells Bombardier Reserve - The Colonel's Choice from Eagle Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 12 ratings