I sort of wonder where X was sold. It seems to have only been brewed occasionally. Basically, whenever they brewed a strong beer, they parti-gyled a few barrels of it. With such a low gravity, they’d have to have shifted it pretty quickly, which makes it unlikely that it was always available.
Adnams didn’t have the most exciting of grists at this point. Base malt and sugar was it for every beer other than the Stout. Nothing really to sink your teeth into.
The hopping rate is quite high. You’ll see that X is one of Adnams most bitter Milds, only being pipped by the strongest, XXXX. There’s a simple explanation for that: this beer was parti-gyled with Tally Ho, one of their most heavily-hopped beers.
|1879 Adnams X|
|mild malt||4.50 lb||66.67%|
|No. 2 invert sugar||2.25 lb||33.33%|
|Goldings 105 mins||2.50 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||2.50 oz|
|Mash at||154º F|
|Sparge at||172º F|
|Boil time||105 minutes|
|pitching temp||64º F|