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Joblings Swinging Gibbet

Rating: 3.25

My first beer from the Jarrow brewery now and a beer that I received as a Christmas gift recently, drinking it soon after but this is me just getting round to uploading my review. The beer is seemingly one of the first beer the brewery, launched back in 2002, ever produced and it looks to have been a year round offering since. The beer takes its name from a tale from the town of Jarrow’s history, that of William Jobling who is believed to have been wrongly convicted of murdering a local Magistrate, a crime that he was executed and hung from a gibbet on Jarrow Slake. The beer is also a CAMRA Gold Medal winner as ‘Champion Beer of Festival’ in the past so it’s definitely one that I had high hopes for.

Joblings Swinging Gibbet

Appearance (4/5): Medium amber in colour and quite clear looking, the beer is topped with a large, three centimetre tall head that looks foamy and an off-white colour. Retention is about what you’d expect for the style with it slowly reducing to about half its original size over the opening few minutes.
Aroma (6/10): Bitter on the nose with a lot of toasted malts and some medium strength caramel. The beer had quite a few earthy hops coming through as well, there was some biscuit notes and a hint of burnt sugar following soon after. I got a whiff of some toffee towards the end of the beer but to be honest it was fairly standard as far as English bitters go.
Taste (7/10): Bitter with a faint, fruity backing that had a lot of earthy flavours to it. There was some light hops and biscuit that helped the taste match the nose well and there was a few pale malts as well but again the beer was quite basic.
Palate (3/5): Light to medium bodied with quite a bitter mouthfeel and a smooth body. Carbonation was quite light and there was some dryness towards the end.

Overall (11/20): This one was an easy-going, inoffensive and fairly average bitter that was easy to drink but done little to catch my imagination or make it memorable. Whilst certainly drinkable, it somehow seemed a little plain and basic sadly and as such it’s not one I’m likely to pick up again I’m afraid.

Brewed In: Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, England
Brewery: Jarrow Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2002
Type: English Bitter
Abv: 4.1%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Fenwicks (Newcastle)
Price: Gift

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