A chestnut-coloured Bitter. Six types of malt (Maris Otter, Biscuit, Amber, Brown, Crystal Extra Dark and Crystal Wheat) give a complex flavour to this British style ale which uses three different varieties of British hop (Admiral, Bramling Cross, Ernest) in the boil. A fourth variety of British hop (East Kent Goldings) is used for dry-hopping in the fermenting vessel prior to casking.
Following the burning of Portsmouth during the Hundred Years' War, money was set aside in 1417 to provide protection for Portsmouth Harbour. A blockhouse was first built on the Gosport side of the harbour in 1431 after authorisation by Henry VI.