Flying Shuttle | Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC

Flying ShuttleFlying Shuttle
17 Ratings
Flying ShuttleFlying Shuttle

Brewed by:
Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wl0307 on 11-14-2007

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Brimming tan head, glowing chestnut-red color. Visually inviting. Hint of cocoa powder, caramel, filberts, leafy hop and a ghost-like buttery note in the nose. Smooth and somewhat slick and creamy in the mouthfeel; medium-bodied. A decent amount of malt is thrown at the palate here. From toasted to slightly roasted, grainy to caramel. Suggestions of burnt sugar, mineral and a nuttiness that does not want to be defined, leaning toward hazelnuts or almonds. A mild hop presence here that lets the malt come through. Dried plum, pear and apple fruitiness with a buttery back from the yeast. The steely burnt sugar flavor just does not want to let go of the palate--nothing bad, but in the end it does take away from its drinkability. Finishes sweet with a slight burnt edge.

Some beers are better for pairing than on their own, and Shuttle is a perfect example. While not excessively drinkable, it will, without a doubt, pair well with a hearty beef stroganoff or even a grilled bone-in porterhouse with a liberal shaking of fresh ground black pepper.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with an illegible BB date. The rear label mentions that it is named after the flying shuttle, a device that increased the speed of weaving in Lancashire textile mills.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A deep reddish-brown hue with good carbanation. Forms a decent head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, dark malt with a complex yet subtle mix of nuttiness, grain, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, chocolate and stewed hops. Pretty good....

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a mild bitter finish. A light nutty flavour accompanied by notes of grain, toffee, chocolate and a faint leafiness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and full-bodied, with good tingly carbonation. Slight aftertaste of sweet dark malt.

Nice - easy drinking but the flavour has a subtle complexity. The mouthfeel is great and very moreish - if I had another I'd follow this one up. Well worth trying; a great brown ale that I'll be buying again if I see it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent brown/chestnut with 2 fingers of mocha head. Minimal head retention & lacing, the onlyreal shortcoming of this beer..

S: Toasty malt, light fruityness that becomes pretty figgy as this warms

T: Toasty malt, dryness & herbal hops up front. Flinty dryness, toasty malt, a touch of brown sugar, plus leafy hops & a hint of coffee as this warms. Finishes sweet, toasty with a whisper of woody hops & figgyness

MF: Light/medium bodied, vigirous carbonation & pretty good balance

Pretty good drinkability, not the best English Brown out there, but certainly session worthy

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A surprisingly pleasant and malty brown ale, or at least the English (correct) take on that style. Very much enjoyed this one, my first from Thwaites, and I must say, compares favorably to that prototypical Englisg standard: Old Peculiar. Good show!

A = A very nice, good head that stuck around for quite a bit. Color of dark garnet with red shafts shot through - quite beautiful, really.

S = Nice malty sweet smell. Very nice, in fact.

T = Nice malty taste as well, with a nicely balanced hop backdrop. Slighly fruity and some nuttiness as well. Great water base. I really loved it the more I drank through this fine, fine pleasant delightful surprise!

M = Distinctively British. I would be delighted to be drinking this at the Fox & Hound in Edinburgh with my chums whilst playing darts.

D = Outstanding! One or several, with a pipe or a game of darts, this is one fine, fine, fine beer! Huzzah chaps!

A very professionl and ancient example of the style, and Professor Home is not a Brown Ale fan. Wonderful stuff, that!

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned.
A dashingly dark coloured beer with good white head that has a lightly hopped, fruit aroma with a rich, nutty flavour.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle bought from a local Spar...

Poured a deep mahogany red / brown colour. Mocha tan head poured fairly thick and foamy but faded quickly to light frothy coating with thick edging... any lacing fades pretty quickly...

Aroma - Sweet treacle / toffee malts mixed with rich dark fruits (dates, prunes and figs), good spicy notes - some cinnamon and black pepper, light anise notes, lots of toasted nuttiness, also some toasted bread, light chocolate, some grassy hops just pushing through...

Taste - Nice balance of sweet caramel malts and peppery / grassy hops, toasted bread - malt loaf ? Bitter roasted nut traces, some dark fruit (figs, apples, dates), faint chocolate, some spices - faint cinnamon and nutmeg...

eel - Pretty smooth and creamy... Medium / full bodied... A supremely drinkable brew - one of the most drinkable i've had in quite a while...

Overall - An excellent and unexpected find in a local grocery store... highly recommended...

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bottle into a An Brainblasta goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Bottle obtained from McCambridge's Galway.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of good cream and thickness. A very dark amber colour.

Sm: Very light hops - not getting any nutty notes. Difficult to detect the scent with me broken nose.

T: Now the nuts come through (that's what she said, anyone?). A light hop body with nutty undertones. A bit of caramel, but only a hint. Balanced, but built very inadequately for a brown ale. The hops should be more dominant, especially the nutty ones. The finish is nicely executed.

Mf: Light on the palate, and not quite coarse enough. I'd like more dryness on the climax to make me want the next sip and to bring out the flavours.

Dr: Overpriced. Poorly built for a brown ale.

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Photo of tronester
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Smells of ripe fruits and tea leaves. Very aromatic and pleasant. Taste is of toffee up front, a hint of ripe banana, solid malt middle, and a pleasant earthy hop finish. Solid bitterness levels, higher than most English Brown Ales. Mouthfeel is soft, low carbonation levels. Great drinkability, as with most English Ales, this is easy drinking, yet complex and very tasty. A very solid beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear cherry brown with furry tan head that fades to lumps of clinging froth - looks like a glass of sarsaparilla. Candy apple and berry jam nose. Earth, prune and German dark rye bread malts, movie popcorn butter and some tin, sour currant bite, and ginger and leaf hops to end. Tingly linger, dry finish. Medium, some stick, chewy and creamy.

Solid English brown. Thwaites seem to be consistently quality. Mineral and dry finish cut the sweetness to make it that much more drinkable, but that backfires once it's too warm.

Interesting to drink next to Tumbler to see just how British that beer isn't. Still, for similar flavor notes, I'd take a mild with a lower ABV and more sessionability.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle was brought back for me from a friend's visit to the south of England.

The beer poured into a pint mug a very dark ruby colour with a decent dark cream head that settled at 2mm.

The nose was light hops, but mainly malty and nutty with a slight hint of biscuit. Very nice. These flowed through to the taste, but there was a distinctlack of maltiness and replaced with a light hoppiness. The flavours were not as strong as the nose, but they were still pleasant.

From the look and scent I thought this beer was going to be heavy and malty sweet. However it has proved to be a more balanced beer than I expected with a sub medium body.

Not what I expected, but a very drinkable beer I would take again.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chestnut-red in appearance with finger sized, tan coloured head that is foamy looking for the most part but also features the odd bubbly patch. Head retention is pretty good with minimal fade.

Dark, roasted malts striking me straight away but there is also hints of fruit, chocolate, toffee and a very faint coffee aroma all fighting to be noticed. Quite complex but everything seems to blend well together & it makes for an appealing smell.

It starts off with the dark, roasted malt flavour from the nose & is quickly followed by a nut & toffee blend that is quite enjoyable. On the downside the middle tastes ever-so-slightly watery but not overly & the finish is a very mild coffee one, leaving a nice medium bitter aftertaste that works nicely.

Medium bodied ale although it seems more watered down than it actually is (more the taste than anything else really); it could have used with being a little more smooth, still it is a nice drink.

Overall this was a slightly above average bitter that was extremely well-balanced, with all the flavours working well together & making an easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Eramen
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark red chestnut color with a finger-deep healthy, creamy head. A sight to behold!

S: |There is a mature roasted malt aroma, add nuts and fruits into the mix.

T: Just beautiful! A very rich, smooth biscuit flavor, followed by almonds, dark fruits - noticeably dates and figs - finely balanced malt and hops. This beer is a true delight to drink!

M: Mouthfeel is soft, smooth with low carbonation.

O: This is a fantastic beer, complex, finely balanced, providing great drinkability. Wonderfully crafted, much advised that you pick up a few if you can.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured up very dark reddish brown with a finger and half of sandy light brown head. Very nice, and great head retention. Obviously, quite malty, and this one, in fact, is rather sweet. Very slight hop presence toward the end. Very well built English Brown. Flavour and mouthfeel make this a 4.5 to me. I'd *love* to have a freshly drawn pint of this at a pub in the UK someplace.

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Photo of wl0307
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in Thwaite's newly-designed, short-neck 500ml brown bottle. BB 03/07/08, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. According to the beer label, "Flying Shuttle" was a newly invented mechanism to enable the cotton-workers in Lancashire to weave faster, eventually transforming textile making into an industry.

A: pours a dark mahogony hue with a loosely-formed spongey tan head with good retention; low carbonation.
S: a lightly chocolatey+roasty maltiness comes on a par with the equally settled aroma of burned dark fruits, underlined by a soothing flow of nuttiness in the background. Not bad, but not quite complex as I hope it to be.
T: brown and dark malts make the entrance, but very light in body and flavour, then ensued by a faint tinge of sour-sweet dark fruits and a mild flavour of caramelised nuts and chocolate shavings, while a semi-bitter edge of roasted tea lingers in the end and never short of a necessary sour-nutty edge of dark malts. The finish is rather clean.
M&D: this medium-bodied, autumny nutty-malty ale does have a sound but mild bitterness in the end to help retain a balance, but the texture comes a bit too fizzy for my palate. Overall, not a bad example of this style, if not as warm as a winter warmer can get.

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Photo of dgilks
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, robust, nutty malt aroma. A bit earthy. Overall, quite nice.

Dark yet clear mahogany colour with a creamy, moderate sized tan head.

Well rounded, big malt flavour with notes of nuts, toffee, biscuit, chocolate and mineral. Slight hop flavour with a medium-low bitterness. There is a bit of dark fruit character as well.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. It's actually a bit prickly and I would prefer a smoother ale.

A rich, full flavoured but nonetheless very easy to drink beer. I really like this.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark chesnut, nearly black with light creamy head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of dark caramel, nuts, coffee and roasted malts. Not much evidence of smoke on the nose or in flavor, thank you for that! Slightly sweet taste with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Very smooth, very nice body to this brown ale beer. Enjoyable because it is so well balanced - not too heavy towards anything. Cheers!

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Flying Shuttle from Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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