Adnams Broadside is the first beer listed in World Bottled Beers by Adrian Tierney-Jones, and you can find out more about this bottle-shaped book here in my beer books section.
This ale is my kind of colour: a deep ruby red with a reasonably tight beige head. It smells mouthwateringly malty along with the kind of aroma you get when you first open a dark fruit cake. I didn't smell it for long as I couldn't wait to take a sip!
The taste is predominantly fruity and bitter chocolate but more flavours are apparent as you drink it. It's quite fizzy and I could taste some spiciness and liquorice, which is very reminiscent of dandelion and burdock, followed by a metallic copper coin bitter aftertaste. It's a strong one at 6.3% so just aswell the metallic taste is there so you don't mistake it for dandelion and burdock pop.
It definitely tingled my tastebuds and I can see why it is such a popular beer. I think it would have been a 5 pint rating for me if the metallic taste had been toned down a notch or two; I'm not averse to metallic bitterness but I don't want to feel like I am licking all the copper coins in my purse.
I wouldn't mind another pint of Broadside, perhaps on a chilly winter's evening beside the fire to accompany a slice of fruit cake.
Brewed by Adnams, Southwold, Suffolk