W.H.Brakspear & Sons; The Beers.
I have copied all the following beer descriptions from the breweries point of sale
advertising literature, so if you think it sounds like a bit of a puff for Brakspear’s,
you are probably right. The first four beers are brewed all year round, all the others
are seasonal. Click here to get back to the year 2000 range.
XXX Mild ABV 3.0%
A light bodied real ale with a red/brown colour and a sweet malty, fruity aroma. The
well balanced taste of malt, hops and toffee has a faint bitterness, complemented by
a sweet fruity flavour, having a hint of black cherries. The beer is an ideal
Bitter ABV 3.4%
A real ale, amber in colour with a good fruit, hop and malt nose. The initial taste
of malt and the well hopped bitterness quickly dissolves into a predominantly
bitter-sweet and fruity finish. Known locally as “Brakspear’s Ordinary” it is our best
seller and should be called “Extraordinary”.
Special ABV 4.3%
A real ale, with a golden red colour and well balanced aroma with a hint of sweetness.
The initial taste is moderately sweet and very malty, but this is quickly overpowered
by the dry hop bitterness, before a slightly sweet fruitiness. In every way a discerning
Old Ale ABV 4.3%
A distinctively full bodied real ale with a red/brown colour and a strong fruity nose.
Its pronounced taste of malt, hops and roast caramel gives way to fruitiness. The after
taste is bitter-sweet chocolate. Very much a highly acceptable beer waiting to be
OBJ ABV 5.0%
A rich full bodied real ale with a tawny red colour and a fruity sweet aroma. A
balanced full bodied grapefruit/citrus and hoppy flavour with a lingering finish of
peppery bitter-sweetness. Ideal for that special occasion—“Oh Be Joyful”.
Dark Rose ABV 4.1% (Available January 1999)
A mysterious beer full of subtle secrets: Dark but not black;…Red but not
scarlet;…With tantalising hints of fresh coffee and campfires to slip away those long
Three Sheets ABV 5.0% (Available March 1999)
Bitterness softens during conditioning as it would have done in the original wooden
hogsheads on board ship to India. Warm-conditioned in tanks with wobbly legs to
simulate this epic voyage.
Bee Sting ABV 4.7% (Available May 1999)
The crispness of wheat and succulence of honey combine to deliver a refreshing and
lively flavour perfectly matched to the approach of summer. “A pint of the countryside
Hooray Henley ABV 4.6% (Available July 1999)
From the north side of the river Hooray Henry has an unusual character not normally
associated with beer. Sparkling, ostentatious and obviously rich, all the ingredients
necessary for the ultimate in revelry.
Barnstormer ABV 5.0% (Available September 1999)
“Chocks away!” No chocs in this beer chaps! It’s spiffingly good. Thoroughly English
hops and malt—That’ll show the blighters, what. A good old fashioned best bitter.
Grim Reaper ABV 5.5% (Available November 1999)
So you’ve had your rewards and enjoyed them to the full? Perhaps then it’s time to
make the acquaintance of the GRIM REAPER? But be quick, the chance only arises
once in a thousand years!