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Llanelli SA14 8LB
Telephone: +44 (0) 1554 773357
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm, Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, Saturday 10:00am-noon.
Brewer: John Reed
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Notes

Opened: 1878

Annual Production: 27,000 bbl

U.S. Importer: Thames America

Contributors: Philip Lewis, Richard R Tinurelli

Pronounced vay-lin-voyl, not feel-in-foul. (I think.) And as for the pronunciation of "Llanelli": David Morgan explains:

It is relatively simple. Make the "CL" sound - as in CLock - at the back of your throat, then roll the sound forward with your tongue at the roof of your mouth. When you do this and exhale, the sound will flow into the AHH sound when you release the tongue. Now you will have said CL-AHH (One syllable). The rest is simply NELLY. My father was Welsh, so that is how I know. (By the way, that the way it is pronounced in the Southern dialect. The North - don't ask me. I can't understand those folks!!)

Updated: April 9, 2013

Beer List

  • 3.80% abv.

  • 3.90% abv.

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    4.20% abv.
    • Date: September 21, 2008 (#7357)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Hy-Vee Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs IA
      Score: 15½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Amber. High carbonation. Thick head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Sweet malt, biscuity. Huge grassy, resiny hops.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium body, smoothly malty. Nice biscuit flavor. Grassy, resiny hop flavor is nicely balanced, nowhere near as intense as the aroma. Moderately bitter.
      Overall Impression (2)
      Bottle-conditioned.
    • Date: February 10, 1996 (#1260)
      Package: draught
      Place: Naja's Place, Redondo Beach CA
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Is this a Bock? Dark red, good carbonation and head. Alcoholic aroma, some solvent. Thick and chewy, even in finish. Alcohol and caramel work well together. Warming.

  • 3.40% abv.

  • 3.60% abv.

  • 4.10% abv.

    • Date: December 27, 1994 (#668)
      Package: draught
      Place: Pacific Coast Brewing, Oakland CA
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Red-pale, no head. Alcohol aroma, some hops and caramel. Good body. Sweet, thick. Caramel. Fairly clean.

  • English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter
    6.00% abv.
    • Date: February 27, 2001 (#3774)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Steve's Liquors, Madison WI
      Score: 10 points
      Overall Impression (1½)
      Brown amber, low head, hazy. Big diacetyl odor. Medium body, big diacetyl flavor, nice bitterness. Too bad about the diacetyl.
    • Date: May 12, 1996 (#1467)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Dark red, moderate carbonation, good head. Toffee and hop aroma. Bitter. Some vegetal flavors. Toffee. Too extreme. (Hockey note: Jagr gets a hat trick. Lemieux gets a hat trick. Rangers are out of the playoffs. Again.)
    • Date: April 26, 1996 (#1396)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Red-amber, moderate carbonation, good head. Some diacetyl aroma, fairly hoppy. Smooth, reasonably bitter, with a good malty flavor. Didn't like the first sip, but it's growing on me.
    • Date: August 24, 1993 (#162)
      Package: draught
      Place: Pacific Coast Brewing, Oakland CA
      Score: 9½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Amber, but on the light side. Not many bubbles at all...very thin head. Diacetyl aroma. Lots of it. Too too much of it. Vinegary, too. Body is OK. Flavor is not. WAY too much diacetyl. Vinegar. I've had this beer before, and I didn't like it, but I can't remember why. Now I know.