Centurion's Ghost Ale | York Brewery Company Limited

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
York Brewery Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
yorkbrew.co.uk

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 11-14-2003

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Ratings:
38
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
15.67%
 
 
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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Yorkshire Terrier pub, York, June 2010... served at room temperature...

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Mocha tan head poured very tight, thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong roasted malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... toasted nuttiness, light hops, dark brown sugar / toffee sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above... some grassy and peppery notes, hint of citrus, good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts, toffee sweetness...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy... medium bodied... at only 5.4% this is a very drinkable brew...

A very nice sessionable brew... well worth a try...

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown body, topped with an off white head of foam that leaves excellent lace as it settles slowly.

S - A slightly sweet aroma of malt with notes of red apple and lightly musty hops. Some toffee in the background.

T - Dry, toasty malt up front with just a bit of toffee. Some dry caramel in the middle that lasts through the finish. Musty hops and a fairly strong bitterness balance out the malt along with a hint of fruity yeast that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice cask ale with a excellent malt character. The combination of light toffee and red apple yeast character is perfect and manages to work with the mouthfeel to create a very satisfying drinking experience. The bitterness is stiff, but just enough so to balance everything out and make for a quaffable brew. In many ways, this is exactly the sort of beer that I think of when I imagine drinking in a British pub and I will gladly drink it again whenever I have the chance.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark mahogany with definite ruby streaks. Full, large, frothy, creamy, sticky, off cream color with very good retention leaving a thick layer of creamy lace.

S - Sweet, earthy nut flavors strongest with some background hints of chocolate. Some strong dark and caramel malt aroma as well. Very faint dark fruit (and general fruitiness) underneath it all.

T - Interesting mix of different English flavors. Initially there is a lot of earthy and nutty taste with mild dark and caramel malt bringing some sweetness. Some chocolate malt and a bit of a roasted feel, somewhat similar to an English Stout with more coming out mid-sip. Some grassy and earthy hops come out.

M - Medium to light body with a little below average carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D - Quite drinkable with a nice mix of dark mild and stout flavors. Light and easy on the tongue but it has enough complexity to be interesting that builds as you drink it.

Notes: Best before 28/August/2010. Very enjoyable beer to drink. It's definitely English although I don't think it fits neatly into a style. Well balanced and very enjoyable beer. Worth grabbing one if you can.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amazing strong, dark ale from York. This looks a lot like a porter and there is definitely chocolatey, coffee hints and the use of roasted barley and chocolate malts is obvious.

Rich, earthy malt flavour and low hop profile. Very nice mouthfeel - low, natural carbonation. Could be a nice session beer, but it is a little "heavy" and even the brewery itself admits its not really for session drinking.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Last Drop Inn in York. First day in York and roaming City Center, dropped in for a bite and some brew. I can't imagine a better backdrop. Very nice, sweet folks.
This is listed as an English Strong Ale, much to my surprise. I'm a little too green to dispute, but I thought I was drinking an English Stout.
This was a very tasty, highly drinkable brew. I wasn't about to mention this there, but reminded me of Murphy's.

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Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Currently on cask @ Map Room, served in a tapered FFF glass, 20 oz. for $6. Enjoyed in the company of autumnaldave & beertooth.

Poured a dark brown with a glint of red at the edges. Bubbly head that poofed up above the rim, and magically it kept it's head for the duration of the glass. Aroma was fairly nondescript, earthy, tea-like, tobacco.

The taste was light and pleasant, subdued toasted malt, tobacco, and an essence of honey in the aftertaste. Fairly toned down and mild for a "strong ale". Pretty light bodied, yet went down very easy. This was a nice cask ale, nothing too wild but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on cask at NERAX 2009

very dark, brownish amber. good gemstone clarity. foamy, off-white head, bubbly, fading into wisps and a bubbly ring. minimal lace.

great roasted aroma, porter/stout maltiness with touch of mash acidity, moving into a coffee note all the way to the finish. touch of grassy, earthy hop, plus more roasted malts.

on the palate, everything's a little watered down, but still complex, with a dark malt and roast, touch of esters, and both grassy/earthy hop and roast bitterness, with faint acidity.

light and thin, but smooth, with faint astringency in the finish. milde carbonation gives lift and hint of additional body.

hmm... this approaches porter/stout territory.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a half pint at NERAX in Cambidge MA
A - Pours a deep reddish brown. Light tan head stay around.
S - roasted malts some nice hops as well
T - Roasted malts and some dark fruit. Nice hops on the aftertaste.
M/F - Light/Medium body with light carbonation.
D - This was one of my favorite ales of the festival. Great drinkability.

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Photo of surfadelic23
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One thing that consistenly amazes me about English real ales are the complexity of flavors possible in low abv brews! It shouldn't as I homebrew, but it does. One positive is that it makes one appreciate that a beer doesn't have to be 20% abv and brewed with esoteric bs ingrediants to be good...
A warming, dark bitter ale, with a roasted malt taste. Very easy to drink for its strength 5.4%.
I had this on cask in numerous pubs in York but especially enjoyed it after a huge dinner in the little pub in my B&B.
***ALSO, WHEN IN YORK MAKE SURE TO TOUR THE BREWERY. VERY INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE***

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown. Earthy and woody flavor that carries a slight nut tone. Bitter edge is there for sure, but its mature enough to be able to keep it pleasant. Feel is smooth with a low but slightly biting carbonation. It's pretty smooth and nice to drink.

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Photo of wl0307
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted by half-pint at the GBBF 06, where it just won the Gold Medal in the Strong Bitters category. Served by a hand-pump. I'm attracted to this beer esp. because I've visited the site from which the name of this beer supposedly derives. It's a mansion right beside the York Minster, where excavation work in the past sort of disturbed the spirits buried underneath, bringing out mysterious phantom-figures of Roman soldiers/centurions marching from underground~~

A: mysteriously black in colour, with mahogany glows when seen against light; fluffy off-white beer head with good retention.
S: deeply caramely maltiness mixed with a profound flowery scent of Osmanthus fragrans, dried longan-fruits and smoky/roasty hints of black malts... balanced, slightly tilting towards the malty side but fragrant hops (with a bit of Goldings edge) help result in a nice, complex aroma.
T&M: roast tea-leafy bitterness prevails upfront, bringing aboard lots of bitter-sweet roasty+caramely malts and a thick palate of sticky stone-fruit jam; gradually a slightly herbal hint of licorice, woody taste, as well as a deeper flavour of lightly-roasted coffee prevail somewhere at the back... mixed hoppyness abounds in the aftertaste, making a 3D bitter-sweet blend of hops and bitter-roasted malts to linger until the very end. Semi-thick in texture and full-bodied, yet a fresh, creamy mouthfeel is retained throughout the drink, as the cask beer when consumed is so fresh and at its prime.
D: an impressive ale truly deserving a medal, although I didn't try the runner-up and bronze-medalist in the same category to make a detailed comparison. Somehow this beer makes me want to revisit that beautiful, historical city again, maybe combining it with a proper pub+brewery tour in Keighley and Yorkshire countryside~~

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Photo of beckje01
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark, low carbonation, average head. It looks very inviting after the tour.

Smell - Coffee malt smells.

Taste - Smooth, rich and malty not too much hops. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel - Not too carbinated sits well in the mouth.

Drinkability - Goes down easy and is a good end beer. I wouldn't suggest having anyother kind after this one in a night.

I had this beer at the brewery on my trip to york, I loved this beer and it was the best I had while I was there. I also had this beer from a bottle at a later date and I must say cask is much better and I probably wouldn't have it from a bottle agin but I very much want to go back to York for this beer and some tourist things.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Luton Real Ale Festival.

This ale poured a very dark, almost opaque brown with light brown foam that persisted a bit. The smell was very pungent: sweet dark malt, and piney and chicory hops. The taste was mild dark malt with a touch of sweetness and a bit of piney hops. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and low carbonation. The hoppy, malty flavor lingered on the tongue. This was a very nice ale.

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