Double Century | Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC

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Brewed by:
Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mdagnew on 06-25-2007

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of charlatan
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer from 500ml bottle has an orange to honey coloured hue and a nice fluffy head. The nose is pleasant. There is some dried fruit apparent and a rather more astrigent green grape whiff in the background.

I don't think of this as a strong ale at all. It seems more like a good pale ale. Well coordinated with a good balance of malt and hops, this one slides down very easily, tasting almost exactly as the nose suggests: a simple beer done well.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with relatively thin head and some light lacing. Smells quite malty, and relatively dry, but not biscuity. Oddly, there is a smell of alcohol despite the relatively tame abv. A touch of sweetness and copper rounds it out. Tastes pretty light for a strong ale, and there is a touch of grainy sourness at the beginning and at the finish is a bit of soapiness. In between is malty and round but a bit thin. A little boring for the style and not as rich or pleasing as it could be. Okay.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the two beers I brought back with me from Europe for the purpose of conducting proper reviews. Purchased in eastern London the day before flying back to the States. Half-liter bottle, brewed with English Golding, Fuggles and Brambling Cross. It pours a crystal-clear amber, with low carbonation and two fingers of frothy, off-white head. Very pleasant aroma, with soft perfumy and citric notes, and a late malt sweetness. On the palate, it's a barrage of delicious hops that deliver a big dose of orange, along with some herbal and perfumy notes. The hops become more pungent as I go, and impart a slowly-increasing bitterness. Pretty dry, medium body, with adequate carbonation and a longish finish. Not the best beer from my two months in Europe, but far from the worst, and it makes for a tasty, hopped-up English ale that is worth the purchase if you ever come across it.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber with a considerable head which settles after a while; it leaves a good lacing on the glass. Moderate nose, malty and fruity. Strong tasting beer with hints of spice amidst the malt and touch of caramel. Lot of body makes for a good mouthful. I haven't had Thwaites before; I think it brings more of a northern style

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.82/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 22nd Feb 08, drank Christmas eve 2007.

Poured into a Palm Special tulip glass (twice).

Lighter than I thought it would be, a very clear, light amber colour with an off white head that soon clears away to leave a small collar round the glass and nothing else (on both pours).

The aroma is of malts, hops and a little yeast, the label mentions a bitter orange finish but I can't find that in the nose or the taste.

Bog standard English Ale, no great flavours for me, a little too bitter if anything with the sour citrus fruits coming through more than the orange.

Fairly watery for a 5.2% Ale, no high alcohol feel at all, could be mistaken for a 3.8% session beer.

I drink with all my senses, this didn't look great and the mouthfeel let it down too, not a beer I will seek out or long for.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, served slightly chilled in a pint glass

Pours with a light amber body, some slight copper highlights throughout. Thick bubbly white head with solid retention, although soon settles down to a small whisp. Some patchy lacing

Smell, rich slightly alcoholic malt. Little bit of sweet estery malts, some fresh english hops.

Taste, crisp and full bodied malt character. Some slightly dry yeast character, thick hop bitterness. Some slight musty malt

A very flavourful big english ale. Its no 1845 or special london ale... but its good

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Photo of GreenCard
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep gold, great clarity, huge pillow of bubbly off-white froth, great head retention

Aroma: passion-fruity hops, bubble gum, grainy malt, honey, hint of coriander

Flavor: semisweet maltiness laced with a strangely floral/perfumey hop flavor; the bitterness is surprisingly firm, hitting almost immediately; hints of orange peel, caramel, and leather; finishes semi-dry with a lingering orangey bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, soft carbonation, crisp texture but smooth at the same time

Other comments: This is nice. A "commemorative" beer that actually steps out a bit, as opposed to just tasting like any other typical English ale. Scrumptious!

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Photo of mdagnew
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's.... Apparently brewed to mark 200 years of family brewing...

Poured a nice golden coppery colour. Slightly off white head poured quite small then faded to almost nothing - just a thick ring around the edge... some light carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... light wispy lacing...

Aroma - Quite strong spicy fruitiness (lots of orange, pears and apples), biscuity malts, toasted bread, alcohol notes coming through - a bit like whisky mixed with brown lemonade... floral honey, sea saltiness, grassy hops, toffee / caramel sweetness, some faint medicinal notes..

Taste – Initially very sweet malts are to the fore... thankfully after the first few mouthfuls this is balanced out with some nice peppery hop bitterness... sweet spicy fruits (oranges, some light banana notes, apple, figs), honey and almond, again some noticeable alcohol notes, creamy, some vanilla, toasted caramel, light biscuitiness...

Feel - Rich, smooth and creamy... medium body... Fairly drinkable although it is pretty sweet...

Overall - A very good strong (not really that strong) ale... I initially thought it was going to be too sweet but thankfully it became much more balanced after the first few mouthfuls... recommended...

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Double Century from Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
Beer rating: 63.6% out of 100 with 33 ratings
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