Adnams Broadside
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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English Strong Ale
Ranked #8
Ranked #13,757
3.9 | pDev: 11.03%
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Photo of James94
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark caramel in colour, good and long-lasting lacing and head
S: Apple, grapes, roasted malts
T: Sweet cherry, some wheatiness, apple, slightly alcoholic aftertaste
F: Well-balanced, quite complex

O: 4

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark amber, mahogany coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of bready, caramel malt and dark fruits, with just a hint of estery spice. Taste is dominated by bready, caramel malt, strong notes of toffee, dark fruits: fig, raisin, dates and estery spice, with just a hint of chocolate and herbal hops. Finishes bittersweet, with some dark fruit and estery spice lingering in the aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and medium carbonation.

A rich English Strong Ale that almost brings to mind a Belgian Dubbel with its strong caramel malt, dark fruit and estery spice notes, but also features some nice bitter, herbal hops for a good balance that prevents this from becoming quite too sweet. Incredibly rich depth of flavor and mouthfeel for the ABV.

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Photo of Spike
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle.
L: Dark brown, almost black, with two fingers of cream-coloured, creamy head.
S: Light & malty.
T: Rich, malty, toasted coffee flavours. Plums and dark fruits. Some sweetness, light bitterness.
F: Medium/full body, nice mouth coating, smooth with just a hint of alcohol.
O: Strong, moreish ESB. Tons of fruit. Hints at the alcohol without showing too much. All about the malt.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L In a late evening lamplit room it pours like a glass of cola. Very dark chestnut, pale tan head. Though in this case it is reducing very slowly
S [My nose is congested/'out of order'. I smell zero. I'll give this the benefit of the doubt and give it 3/5, something a beer of this pedigree should easily be worthy of]
T This is much gentler than '6.3%' suggests; I was expecting something of an assault. It's very ale-ish. Lower CO2, gentle, deep, more subtle flavours. I get some toasty/coffee into the end. It's one of the more tranquil beers of this ABV% I've had in a while.
F. Very easy going, nothing stands out; so they've got a nice balance here.
O. Nice. I'll have to come back to this when my congestion has gone, as I expect the smell/taste faculty would make this simpler to fully appreciate. Very promising though, from what I can tell.
BB May-2019 500ml bottle 6.3% alc.

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Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour clear, amber in color with one inch head. Taste is prune, toffee, an toasted malt. Sweet, medium bodied and carbonation. Makes for a good malty treat that I will need to have more of.

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Photo of saboliver
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep clear ruby red/brown with little to no head. Tangy nose with some hoppiness and an element of rich fruit but not a lot of oomph. Quite powerful taste, with burnt vine fruits and a touch of dense sweetness and treacle alongside the bitterness and malt. A metallic or possibly smoky background flavour.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes. Enjoyed while on vacation in the UK. 500 ml bottle served cold(ish) into a pint glass. Best before March 31, 2018

Appearance - A dark brown colored beer is poured with ruby hues. Good clarity and a half finger of soapy and long lasting off-white head is poured. Modest retention and not a ton of lacing.

Smell - Very fruity with loads of dark fruits and cherries especially. Some light spices and a healthy malt grain bill with some complexities in behind.

Taste - Minerally and grainy initially with some boozy heat. Traces of cardamom and cinnamon. Some stone fruit and figs accompanying and a touch of metallicness. Fairly bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and light bodied for a bigger ESB. Carbonation is appropriately reasonably light.

Overall - A pretty damn good ESB that lives up to expectations. Only complaint is that after smelling the beer the flavors didn't quite match up with what the nostrils sensed. Still damn good.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From Hipercor. In Ikea's pint glass. Dinner at Antonia's house. With sausages + omelette. It has some odd herbal/metallic notes and a noticeable alcohol that at first dissapoints a lot but with time you get used to it and improves

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Photo of Abinlp
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a deep reddish brown with a minimal head. Its aroma is not very potent, but has the sweet toffee, fig and yeasty quality that makes a good British ale my favorite. Its rather sweet tasting, with pronounced biscuit, bread, malty tones. Its quite rich I would add, and with the (unusually) high alcohol content, not an ideal session beer. But its very impressive any way you look at it.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass, ruby colored with a thick white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: malty, nutty, dark bread, grain, slight alcohol

T: toffee, brown bread, big malt, pepper hop finish, caramel

M: thick and rich

O: nice strong bitter that has a sweet dessert like taste

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Photo of WGO
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper colour. Aroma is warm, fruity and very inviting. Raisins, chocolate, caramel aroma. Tastes of chocolate, raisins, bit of alcohol warmth but not to overpowering. Great beer, a classic.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I surmise this is something of a classic... having been made since 1972.
It is fruity and tangy and malty. Balanced.

Listed in the "1001" beers, it should be there.
MJ's 1999 edition gave it 3 of 4 stars and said "blends hoppy dryness and hessian notes with oily, treacly maltiness.
Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of drmeto
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear copper-ruby with a big,frothy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-herbal,spicy,bready,cough syrup,slight coffee,nuttytoasty finish
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-medium body
Very spicy English Strong Ale.
Pretty good overall

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Colour of Coke. Pours with a small head that dissipates to nothing in a few minutes. Aroma of malt and molasses. Tastes of molasses, prunes, licorice and a hint of blackcurrant. Medium mouth-feel for a dark beer: not too heavy and not too light. Quite a lot of carbonation. Bitterness at the middle and back of the tongue that lingers and very slight sourness. Not very hoppy up front. Tastes pretty high in alcohol but with little burn. Enjoyable.

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Photo of takusan1000
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1/2 liter bottle that had been aged for 7 months. Dark golden appearance with a foamy head and lacing. Light, sweet smell that isn't assertive. Taste is great--initially a strong syrup/molasses taste that isn't cloying--honey and herbal floral tastes, honeysuckle. A complex bittersweet, buttery character quickly takes over, crisp but still rather heavy in mouthfeel. Dried fruit--apricots, raisins, currants. Typical taste of ESB and English ales in general of a good toasted breadiness. Overall a little too sweet for my tastes, which makes it a heavier beer than I would like, but I would happily get it again.

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Photo of janubio
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber colour, with a thin head that leaves ring and lace. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, plums. Creamy, not much carbonation, medium body. Taste of chocolate, plums, dark fruits. Bitter rough finish.

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Photo of Lemreway16
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Some beers bridge the divide of draught into bottle - Everard's Tiger, Timothy Taylor's Landlord are examples. This beer on draught is virtually unbeatable. I used to live in East Anglia and it was the King of draught beer. There is a however its not the same in a bottle, why? its far too strong and the taste is over powered by its strength.

From the pump @ 4.7% its unbeatable - from the bottle @ 6.3% its too strong to be a session beer and in my mind relegates it self to the one off bottle/specialist taster style.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on cask, imperial pint glass. light brown with white head. slightly sweet aroma. taste is mild and malty, a bit of toffee. medium bodied, soft carbonation.

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Photo of emincems
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the underrated beers. rich flavors of roasted malt, dark fruits, caramel and peppery hops. med-full bodied, moderate carbonation. warming finish. nice brew.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

According to me [I don’t trust that guy] I have previously had Adnams Broadside. I don’t remember this... or they changed their label design... either way it shows how reliable I am as a witness*. IIRC their Bitter is pretty damn tasty (I rated it 6.95/10 which is just below above-average for my rating system - granted I was a harsher critic back in those days - I’ve become much more forgiving in my old age) so I’m expecting a solid gold turd of a brew here [‘solid gold turd’ being an honour I bestow on only a few beers - the crème de la turd].

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a clear deep maroon body with a 1cm beige head that sticks around quite well, I like. 8/10.

S: Quite plum driven with macerated fig and brown sugar rounding out the biggest aroma characters. There is a bready yeast centre with notes of cream sherry and tea leaf in there as well. A broad English canvas from which Adnams provide us with a decent broadside of a brew. 8/10.

T: Dark English ale in its essence - plum, fig, brown sugar - fruit cake in a glass... similar to Theakston Old Peculier but lacking the finesse of Theakston’s Old Ale. There is a slight medicinal herb bitterness with a metallic note at the finish. Hmmm, a roasted nut character in there as well. Not bad... not knees of the bee either though (bees do have a lot of knees - you can’t compete with their knees, don’t even try). 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a thin/flat carbonation. 6/10.

D: I can see where Adnams were going with this English Special Bitter-cum-Old Ale, and it is surely a top drop, not ‘solid gold turd’ good, more a ‘cat piss respectable’... which is still quite decent. I know what you’re thinking - why do my beer approval terms contain “piss” and “turd”? Simple - I’m Australian. Everything here degenerates to urination/defecation terms of endearment... I’m not taking the piss: This is a tasty brew from Adnams. 7/10.

Food match: Rack of beef, roasted with all the trimmings (aka gravy, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding).

*Note: if you were going to murder someone, and I suggest not doing this in the first place, but if you do it in front of a witness hope it was me (as the witness of course - I’m not into the whole being murdered thing).

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Photo of Reidrover
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle purchased from Lifesource Natural Grocer Salem OR $4.99 Dark amber coloured ale with a small,bubbly tan head. Great typical English malt and hop aromas. Hay,nuts,leafy and earthy very nice. Balanced taste..interesting and with a strong light chocolate finish. Great smooth mouthfeel. Good traditional ale...excellent stuff.

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Photo of scream
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this quite a bit, but I am a fan of the English styled brews. There are others that are better but the distribution here in the U.S. is pretty thin at the moment. This is one of the best available from my perspective.

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Photo of DiUr
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It shows a very dark ruby hue, with heavy appearance and a beige head that slowly recedes and leaves good lacing.

Smells of sweet buttery malts, green apples and liquorice.

Taste is roasted malts, earhy yeast, dark fruits, caramel and liquorice. Subtle hops are present all trough the sip, which add to the drinkability and perfectly balance the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium to thick with very light but enough carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

A solid offering from Adnams to be sipped in the colder months which i could have again any day. It reminds of the stronger Stouts and easily the best i´ve had on this style at the moment. Had to edit my review because this fine ale is growing on me. Pretty good!

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Photo of dogin26
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

I rate this beer seriously high not just because of its quality flavours but also the price point. Here is australia i can get a case for cheappppp.

Great toffee, caramel malts with dark but easy drinking fruits. Banana also makes an appearance. Just delicious

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Adnams Broadside (bottled version, introduced in 1972) has a very thick, creamy, beige head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and significant lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy, brown bread crust, nut, and mild hop oil. Taste is of banana, sweet, brown bread, sugar, and a mild, balancing, straightforward bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat slick, and Adnams Broadside (bottled) finishes semi-wet, easy drinking, and not the least bit alcohilic.


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