Adnams Gunhill | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wl0307 on 04-26-2009

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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2011, so it's a little out of date. Given to me as a Christmas present last year by my uncle - it's been cellared in my garage since then. The bottle mentions that this was brewed in support of a prostate cancer charity.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep ruby-brown hue with medium carbonation. Produces a nice thick head of creamy, off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet, nutty, roasted malt with hints of caramel and grain.

Tastes of sweet, dark malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of caramel/toffee, roasted grain, yeast, stewed hop bitterness accompanied by subtle hints of coffee and cocoa. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth; almost velvety. Slight tingling from the carbonation. Aftertaste of bitter dark malt - a little harsh.

Slides down rather nicely. The body is especially good, but the character is malty and easy-going, with a subtle blend of flavours. Well worth your time if you come across it.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JRaburn
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish amber hue, with three fingers of tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves some nice wave crest lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of sweet, biscuity malt, some mildly musty orchard fruitiness, and softly bitter leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bready, biscuity, grainy malt, a touch of caramel, some tame nutty cocoa notes, a bit of astringent drupe fruitiness, and a decent offset of noble earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are average - perfunctory and necessary, the body on the lee side of medium weight, but all right in that respect, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt gaining in caramel sweetness what it loses in biscuit crispness, with the hops still keeping their head down in their lingering state.

Not a bad bitter, but well, it could just use a little more, um...bitter? It does possess a decent weight and nice fruity/maltiness, however, that's not what I'm looking for, now, is it? One's enough at this rate.

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Photo of aztraz
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Brown bottle, best before 9 Mar 2010, drank 3 Dec 2009. Poured (twice) into my 'La Chouffe' tulip glass, my current favourite tasting glass.

Teak wood red/brown colour, clear and clean. On top sat a thick off-white foaming head which left some good lacing as I downed the beer.

Malts are the main aroma producing elements of the nose producing a toffee, molasses and roasted feel to the smell.

Sharper than I anticipated, the malts from the aroma also dominate the flavours somewhat, the roasted malts being the most prominent taste.

I like Adnam's traditional beers and I love Southwold (were the brewery is), but I am struggling to see where this beer fits into their portfolio.

An OK beer and a bit of a disappointment considering who brews it.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draught. Dark with a weak head.

Stone fruits and esters. Thick body.

What is this supposed to be?

Not too excited as it does not say anything new but it is different.

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Beautiful mahogany pour with a tinge of ruby. Two finger head with decent retention and excellent lacing. Very earthy, bready, malty nose with just a hint of toffee and dark fruit. The taste is all earthy, bready malt as well. Lots of toffee and caramel with some nuttiness and hints of dark fruit and tea with a very subdued hop profile and a smidgen of chocolate. Pretty smooth mouthfeel that's almost cask-like with a medium dry finish. At 4.0 ABV it's quite drinkable but nothing about this beer really jumps out at me. Very average...

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and must try cask as quite a tasty ale
Dark chestnut brown colour with a smooth off-white head. Aroma is malts, perhaps very gently roasted, caramel, fruit, hints of spice

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Photo of rarbring
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear brown amber, has a small off-white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is rather sweet, honey and apricot.

The taste is also on the sweet side, brown bread, preserved pears, apricots and nuts.

Little carbonation, soft and sticky feeling. Not dry.

A nice ale, a bit sweet, but very soothing.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim..

Poured a deep dark browny red colour... Creamy brown head poured quite thick then faded to light layer... some light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Toffee maltiness, biscuity, quite earthy, dark fruits (raisins, plums), fruit loaf notes, toffee apples, peppery, some nutmeg, light chocolate hints, some light hops...

Taste - Dark bitter fruits (figs, raisins), toffee sweetness, roasted malts, nut brittle hints, some chocolate notes, peppery, light hops, faint hint of rum, earthy, some yeastiness

Feel - Quite smooth... Medium bodied. Pretty quaffable...

Overall - A pretty good bitter but Adnams can do better than this... Worth a try though...

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Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MarkoNm
2.44/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a ruby red glass with an average white head.
There is sweet malty aroma with some mild biscuits and chocolate smell. Not bad at all.
The taste is very raosted, which is not really my favourite, with quite lots of malts. It has a somewhat stale feel and is quite bitter.
I had better from Adnams.

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Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Chestnut; small head; good lacing

Aroma: Malty; nutty; a little biscuity

Taste: Malty, juicy on start with roasted grain bitterness throughout; nutty and semi sweet on the finish; a little thin, but well balanced and smooth

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear black cherry amber with creamy taupe foam.
Cocoa powder, leaf, earth and cherry cough drop on the nose - different notes come to the fore on each sniff.
Tea brack, some fig, a bit of smoke and maybe walnuts then mulch and orange rind hops.
Mild gingerbread finish and fruit stone linger.
Medium leaning to light, fizzy, slight cling, crisp.

Wintery take on a bitter. Could maybe use more assertive hops. The other site calls it a dark mild and with the lack of bitterness, it does line up better for that. First knowing encounter with Boadicea hops, which are supposed to give a soft floral note.

Many facets to the flavour; can't really fault it. One of Adnams better offerings.

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Photo of petluo
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of SimonTHGolfer
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite dark - a nice coppery colour, with a creamy head.

Rich, malty biscuit scent. Lightly, mild fruity bitterness from the hops. Good biscuity flavour with a little bit of chocolate and raisins. A bit bitter when colder, but it evens out a bit as it warms. Nice fruity finish to it.

Carbonation is a bit rough - this is probably much better on cask. This makes me miss cask bitters.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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