Adnams Broadside
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Strong Ale - English
Ranked #9
Ranked #17,397
3.87 | pDev: 11.11%
Nov 09, 2021
Jul 10, 2002
Very Good
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4.05 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 09, 2021
3.84 by bad_poetry from England on Sep 29, 2021
3.8 by Ushouldbeworkinh from France on Jul 03, 2021
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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is pours a deep copper color with a one finger head of off white foam. The head has a good level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a small amount of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a lightly toasted malt smell mixed with a rather decent showing of dark fruit smell of cherry and raisin. Along with these aromas comes notes of a caramel and molasses sweetness as well as a little bit of a cola smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a mix of a roasted malt and some molasses and caramel sweetness. Also upfront is a little bit of a dark fruit of cheery and plum. The fruit tastes fade slightly as the taste advances, being replaced by more roasted malt and some light herbal hop tastes. As the taste approaches the end, it bitters up a bit, taking on more herbal bitterness and a little bit of a cola and nut comes to the tongue, leaving one with a sweet, toasted, and slightly bittered taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is heavier and slightly more chewy with a carbonation level that is medium. For rich flavors, roasted malt, and fruit/sugar sweetness, the feel is rather appropriate and makes for a nice slower sipper.
Overall – A sweeter but rather drinkable strong ale. Certainly, fun to try!

Apr 13, 2021
4.57 by alesinwales from Wales on Jun 12, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by James94 from England

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

Nov 16, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

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.

Feb 12, 2019
3.87 by Beer_Rabbit66 from England on Feb 05, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Spike from England

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.

Oct 05, 2018
3.68 by beer_bottle from Colorado on Sep 21, 2018
3.35 by rangerred from Tennessee on Sep 21, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by JonnoWillsteed from England

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.

Aug 07, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 20, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by DerbyDave35 from Australia

Lovely Ale , few better than this , in its category

Jun 14, 2018
3.79 by georgeanthorpe from England on Mar 11, 2018
3.82 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Oct 09, 2017
Photo of saboliver
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by saboliver from England

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.

Aug 11, 2017
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3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

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.

Aug 01, 2017
3.8 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Jun 24, 2017
3.93 by BigMac59 from Texas on May 31, 2017
2.73 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic on May 08, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BeerBelly69 from Australia

Nice dark ale with a strong head.

Apr 01, 2017
Photo of josanguapo
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by josanguapo from Spain

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

Feb 27, 2017
Photo of Abinlp
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by Abinlp from Michigan

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.

Feb 01, 2017
3.95 by Adamostella from Washington on Jan 27, 2017
4.4 by bmaggot from Lithuania on Oct 05, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by M_C_Hampton from Georgia

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

Jul 03, 2016
3.88 by MTU from Germany on Jun 13, 2016
5 by Steve1125 from England on Apr 30, 2016
2.87 by Macamah from England on Apr 29, 2016
Photo of WGO
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by WGO from England

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.

Apr 01, 2016
4 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio on Mar 21, 2016
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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!"

Mar 19, 2016
3.73 by Martine from England on Mar 11, 2016
4.47 by sonorb7 from Australia on Feb 08, 2016
4.4 by Dooleysncsr from England on Feb 01, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by drmeto from Germany

-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

Jan 10, 2016
3.89 by life_of_agony from Australia on Dec 29, 2015
4.44 by hopley from Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2015
4.06 by GSS from China on Dec 13, 2015
Adnams Broadside from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 473 ratings