This 6.3% ABV beer is from Adnams Southwold of Suffolk, but brewed and bottled by Martsons in Burton On Trent. The beer commemorates the Battle of Sole Bay fought off the Suffolk coast in 1672 against the Dutch. The British were drinking pubs in Southwold when called to action. The beer uses only First Gold hops.
The beer pours dark, but clear, ruby and brown. There is a short head of creamy off-white foam. The aroma is malty, roasted and caramel, and spicy fruit. The taste is roasted and toasted malt, caramel, a bit of nuttiness, sweet and tangy, with a nice bracing bitterness on the finish. It drinks refreshing, lightly carbonated, smooth, with a dry finish.