Benskins of Watford was a sizeable brewery in its day. Like many others, it disappeared in the rush of rationalisation in the 1950's and 1960's. Gobbled up by Ind Coope in 1957, it closed forever in 1972.
Along with the names of other defunct breweries in the Allied Empire, like Taylor Walker, it did make a brief comeback in the 1980's. Albeit in name only. What's left of the brewery now, except a few memories?
Well there are the entries in the Whitbread and Truman Gravity Books. A few Benskins beers crop up there. Let's take a look, shall we?
Benskins Pale Ale, or Bitter, was a powerful beer, averaging around 1054º and sometimes hitting close to 6% ABV. From the comments, it seems to have been a pretty decent beer. Two "v good" is pretty good going. Looks like you had close on a 50% chance of getting a good pint.
But the brewery was most renowned for an even stronger beer, Colne Spring Ale. At over 10% ABV and more than 80% apparent attenuation, it was probably quite drinkable for its strength. I've seen it described as a Barley Wine, though I'm not sure what the brewery called it, nor what colour it was. Probably dark, like most other Strong Ales of the day.
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