Woodfordes Admiral's Reserve 3kg (32pt)

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Woodfordes Admiral's Reserve 3kg (32pt)

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Woodfordes Admiral's Reserve 3kg (32pt)

The solid and generous sweet fruit flavours blend intimately with the luscious malted barley creating a complex and extremely satisfying dark chestnut-coloured beer. The combination of malt and the full hop flavour gives a long dry finish. This beer is both wonderfully, and dangerously drinkable!

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This typical ale is chestnut coloured and full flavoured. 5.5% ABV 3kg "Real Ale" kits based on recipes from the Woodfordes Broadland Brewery in Norfolk. This brewery has built up an enviable reputation for producing a super range of beers, many of them award winning. All recognised for their impeccable quality & flavour. One of the most popular all malt ranges, consistently producing great brews. No additional sugar required.

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  • Rating
    fantastic home brew beer
    Review by Neil on 19/12/2016
    I haven't brewed this one up yet but if it's as good or better than the one that comes with the kit then I'll. Be over the moon, couldn't fault that so no doubt this will go down the same way, ( with ease ), great pints can't fault them at all, they are so good I think I'll end up trying out all of them, ( can't wait )
  • Rating
    Great First Extract Kit
    Review by Zacon 21/10/2016
    I brought this kit as my first forey into home brewing, the instructions explained everything clearly.
    My temperature at home was a few degrees above the recommended 20-22 in the kit however this seems to have had little affect on the flavor, my barrel is now in my summerhouse cooling down and tasting better every day.

    The overall flavor is similar to a sharps Doombar in my opinion the colour is the same too if not a tad darker.
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    Woodfordes Admiral's Reserve
    Review by Daveon 07/03/2016
    This real ale kit produces a perfect full bodied beer with good dark amber color and full flavor. It is not as sweet as the Woodfordes Wherry or the Admirals Revenge but somehow sits in the middle with perfect balance, it has to be my favorite of the these three. As always the kit instructions are easy to follow. Precisely two weeks later ready to drink, but if allowed longer the beer improves (further) as already good.
    I never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to make a decent barrel of beer, as I have been struggling for years with cheap kits where I have had to add up to 1.5kg of sugar, boil 5 gallons or wort at at time and end up with 1 in 5 chance of a drinkable beer. This is not the case with Woodfordes modern kits.
    I am no expert but I would just like to say this: 1 keep everything scrupulously clean that touches the new brew and 2. make sure the pressure barrel is screwed down really tightly with plenty of Vaseline for a great seal, and you cant seem to go wrong.
    Regards and Cheers.
  • Rating
    Woodfordes Admiral's Reserve
    Review by Daveon 07/03/2016
    This real ale kit produces a perfect full bodied beer with good dark amber color and full flavor. It is not as sweet as the Woodfordes Wherry or the Admirals Revenge but somehow sits in the middle with perfect balance, it has to be my favorite of the these three. As always the kit instructions are easy to follow. Precisely two weeks later ready to drink, but if allowed longer the beer improves (further) as already good.
    I never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to make a decent barrel of beer, as I have been struggling for years with cheap kits where I have had to add up to 1.5kg of sugar, boil 5 gallons or wort at at time and end up with 1 in 5 chance of a drinkable beer. This is not the case with Woodfordes modern kits.
    I am no expert but I would just like to say this: 1 keep everything scrupulously clean that touches the new brew and 2. make sure the pressure barrel is screwed down really tightly with plenty of Vaseline for a great seal, and you cant seem to go wrong.
    Regards and Cheers.
  • Rating
    Excellent Ale
    Review by Jimon 01/09/2015
    Excellent Ale, well worth giving it plenty of time to ferment and condition well worth the wait.
  • Rating
    Brilliant
    Review by Carlon 21/04/2014
    Much nicer than Wherry. Very, VERY drinkable!
  • Rating
    Excellent. A 'House' ale here
    Review by RobdeBearon 14/02/2014
    Having had a 10 year break in brewing this was my first re-introduction. A present from the Mrs along with a top tap King Keg. Suffice to say that it was so good that I am now back in full production with six kegs and that there will always be a keg of this in the garage ready for my friends and I to drink.
  • Rating
    Really nice brew
    Review by Peteron 12/01/2014
    This was my second attempt at brewing and it tasted lovely after two weeks of conditioning. In fact me and a mate drunk most of it within three weeks of first trying it and it just got better and better. I wish that I had the self control to wait a little longer. There really is a delicious nutty taste. Got my second kit now and will make sure I've enough of other brews to help me wait longer before drinking it all. Bottled some, but prefer it kegged, it seemed smoother.
  • Rating
    5 star ale
    Review by Adamon 24/09/2013
    This ale and the Woodfordes wherry bitter, and nelson's revenge are all 5 star ales in my opinion, however they're different in their own way. The Admiral's Reserve has a smoothe taste that's easy to drink and it reminded me of a highland ale (maybe due to the cold weather and snow around at the time making the cool parts of my house colder effecting the brewing process). It's easy to brew and very good quality. I'd recommend to anyone who likes full bodied beers and ales.
  • Rating
    My favourite of the Woodfordes
    Review by JudeSunFloweron 29/05/2013
    This is a firm favourite among everyone that tries it (and there have been a few)... It was one of the first kits I tried and I am amazed it does not score a full five stars - far more flavour than Wherry and very simple to achieve excellent results. You really can't go wrong.

    I prefer the flavour from a keg although it is pretty good when bottled too. It has a bit of a kick though... Quite a few guests have been surprised a few glasses in (and I still get caught out!)
  • Rating
    Not as good as I hoped
    Review by Captain Spitfireon 25/12/2012
    Dont get me wrong, I'm sure this is an excellent brew kit, just it didnt work for me.

    Bought it from my local grocers shop with the intention of adding to my christmas stock, fermentation went well, but on tasting it was quite flat. Disapointingly flat.

    I reckon its most likely my fault, it seems half a teaspoon of sugar isnt enough to prime a bottle! On the plus side it tastes ok, nothing compared to muntons highland heavy which im enjoying but its a lot like jennings from the lake distric. An ok brew but couldve been better, 3/5 and half blaming user error!!!
  • Rating
    Worth waiting for
    Review by sprooton 03/12/2012
    I was initially disappointed with this, particularly after the Nelson's Revenge, but I had my last bottle last night (3 months after brewing) and it reminded me why I was pleased I hadn't reviewed it before.

    Initially (2/3 weeks after racking) I didn't like this at all, harsh flavours and an unpleasant mouth feel conspiring to make me regret not buying the Nelson's again. As time passed however, like a fine wine, it just kept getting better and better.

    Best bottled (in glass, PET bottles are gas permeable and will allow the contents to oxidise if used for long term storage) and put by for at least a couple of months, this is a seriously good brew that rewards patience with strength and character that wouldn't be out of place in an AG brew.

    I'll be doing this again, but bottling it all so I don't have to rush it.
  • Rating
    Consistently good
    Review by Frank on 03/12/2012
    I run a (non sporty)Table Tennis Club every Wednesday evening attended by 4-8 blokes and have been supplying Admirals Reserve in a Barrel fortnightly. Suffice to say after trying other brews this is the most popular. There has not been a day yet that I have stood by the barrel emptying the last pint on my own ...!
  • Rating
    Very fast delivery
    Review by Ianon 20/07/2012
    After an initial scare when I pressed buy now and the web browser crashed. I sent an email and received a very positive fast response.
    The admirals reserve was delivered very fast too.
    I now have a barrel of Admirals reserve fermenting away hopefully ready for my summer holiday, 3 days after ordering.

    Great stuff
    Ian Marcroft
  • Rating
    Nice brew , better than the Wherry
    Review by Frank on 16/03/2012
    Still a novice with home brewing although this will be my 9th batch when its ready next month. I far prefer the Admirals reserve, it just suits my taste better and gets the nod from friends that pop into the shed for a pint or two and then stay longer than they would have liked
  • Rating
    Damn tasty
    Review by Frank on 30/01/2012
    I much prefer this brew to the Wherry. I've not had a duff brew yet and can honestly say it`s a good as anything I can buy in n london pub....
  • Rating
    awesome kit
    Review by badgeron 29/11/2011
    this kit is lush,its easy and straight forward to produce a fantastic beer that wont last long(if your anything like me and the missus).Also this site is fab,big up greg and the brew team!
  • Rating
    Smoothly Dangerous
    Review by Cliveon 26/10/2011
    This was only my second ever brew and not disappointed at all. So smooth with a clean taste. Put mine in a barrel and after four weeks lovely and clear.
    Will be doing this one again - soon!
  • Rating
    Was it the PET bottles ?
    Review by Wiltshireon 06/09/2011
    Having made numerous different Woodfordes beers from kit and having enjoyed all of the immensely , I decided to have a go at the Admirals Reserve.
    All went well but I had to buy 2 dozen Coopers PET bottles to supplement my dwindling spare glass ones.
    After about 4 weeks the beer in the glass had cleared and although not as expected, e.g. Weak and not much tasted compared to Wherry and Nelsons Revenge, was drinkable.
    However after about 7 weeks including a couple in the fridge the PET bottles had not cleared and although they smelled ok weren’t really drinkable.
    So I gave up and poured them away.
    I am now loathed to use the PET bottles again.
    Has anyone else had this experience ?
  • Rating
    Not the best Woodfordes Kit by far
    Review by Wiltshireon 06/09/2011
    Not the best Woodfordes Kit by far.

    However the fact that the taste is fairly indistinct is probably to do with something going wrong in the fermentation and conditioning process.

    As I was low on glass bottles I bought 24 Coopers PET bottles to use as well. The 20 or so bottles in glass cleared after about 4 weeks and the beer was so-so.

    The 24 PET bottles and I mean all of them never cleared even after 6 weeks including a couple in a fridge.

    I ended up throwing it away - I'll stick to Head Cracker and Nelsons Revenge in Glass from now on.
  • Rating
    Another belter from Woodfordes
    Review by Hammy1801on 30/04/2011
    I am slowly working my way through the Woodfordes range and this is another cracker.
    More hoppy than the Wherry this leaves a nice clean feeling to the mouth and is akin to a really good pub guest ale.
    I bottled mine and they were clear and ready to drink after 4 weeks.
    Cant wait to taste the rest of the range, well worth the extra pennies.
  • Rating
    Very good pint
    Review by Perlogalismon 05/04/2011
    I'd agree with all the other reviewers: An excellent pint, one I'd be pleased to buy in a pub. Does take a while to clear so don't be in a hurry. My Father in Law managed to polish off the last half a barrel in just over a week so now I'll have to brew some more :-)
  • Rating
    Seriously Good!
    Review by Muffleson 21/12/2010
    OK, so what do you get for your extra money? Well, a seriously good pint! If you are not bothered by quality and just want mega % ABV, then buy a cheaper kit and pile in the Tate and Lyle. If however you are doing this because you want a quality brew that is cheaper than the pub's guest ales, this could be for you. Every palete is different, but me and friend Bill reckon this is a super smooth, noticeable, but not too bitter hopped ale which continues to pleasure your tongue after you've finished it! Give it a good 4 weeks after bottling to develop and you won't be disappointed. It's equally good out of the barrel, but a bit friskier. Probably a bit keen on the priming!
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    Admirals Reserve Comments
    Review by Brew Brotherson 27/04/2010
    My friend and I brewed this beer as per the instructions in the kit. We brewed it at Christmas, the weather was pretty cold and so we used a heating belt. We had to leave it brewing slightly longer than it said on the instructions. We then bottled the beer and it had to be left for around 2 months before it was clear.
    This was not our favorite, but our friends loved it.
  • Rating
    Seriously Good
    Review by Kyralon 13/04/2010
    I did this in two stage fermentation, didn't get it fermented all the way down, and only left it for 3 weeks after bottling, but WOW! This is the best pint I have ever brewed and better than many pub draft beers. Just brew it!
  • Rating
    My First Barrel is Empty!
    Review by Davidon 27/01/2010
    A great first brew!

    As the previous reviewer commented it took a while to clear, but what a beer. For my first brew I am delighted, if this beer continues to come up to this standard I've found my beer.

    I've bought another two packs and am making my next brew in bottles, the idea being it would keep better than in the barrel - hmmm it wasn't in there long enough.

    Now got that painful 2-3 weeks before my next brew is ready and am wondering if I should be getting the next batch fermenting as soon as the barrel is empty?
  • Rating
    Lovely, hoppy brew
    Review by kdmudon 22/08/2009
    I have been brewing the Woodforde's kits for over 6 years and I have never been disappointed. They are great kits for brewing quality ales. This is the first time I've brewed Admirals Reserve. I was particularly pleased to see the sachet of additional hop extract in the kit as I really enjoy a hoppy tang in my beer. However, the beer took longer to completely clear in the pressure barrel (king keg) than other Woodforde's kits (4-5 weeks as opposed to 2-3 weeks normally). However, I don't mind the odd slightly cloudy pint, the beer is delicious. Lots of hops!