Thursday, 29 March 2012

Beer 23 - Adnams Brewery, Broadside

Hey all fellow ale drinkers. Tonight I have an ale from Adnams Brewery, “Broadside”. I remember drinking this a few years ago in a bottle and thought it was excellent. Adnams Broadside commemorates the fierce battle of Sole Bay fought against the Dutch Republic in 1672 off the Southwold coast, just across the green from the brewery.
Adnams Brewery, Broadside
ABV : 6.3%

Looks : This ale pours well with good carbonation. It is dark mahogany in colour with a one finger, magnolia cream head.

Aroma : First thing that hits you is a strong alcohol smell, which is filled with nice fruity characters, possibly orange peel, lemon, currants and cherry. There is also a sherry aroma. I can also detect a hint of caramel malts and a slightly sweetened coffee aroma.

Flavour : Yes, Yes, Yes, this ale is like drinking a liquid Christmas cake. You get a great caramel malt tone which is laced up with winter fruits, possibly raisins, figs and dates. There is also a brown sugar taste as well as a warming alcohol kick. There is a hint of spice, possibly nutmeg and cinnamon.

Finish : This ale finishes sweet with a bitter tingle at the front of the tongue with a warming alcohol kick.

Rating : 9.5 out of 10

Another fantastic ale by Adnams Brewery. I reckon even though it has a high ABV I would still classify this as a session beer. The flavours work really well together especially the sweet dark fruits and spices. This ale can be purchased from most large supermarkets or directly from the brewery.

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