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Arkells 3B (Cask)

Brewed by Arkells
Style: Bitter
Swindon, England
Serve in English pint


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Cask; Regular. Also available in a Tesco bottle conditioned pack.
Arkell's Best Bitter Beer, as it was originally known, was first brewed in 1910 and has been affectionately known as BBB or 3B by customers ever since. (One Swindon landlord will tell you that 'BBB' stands for "Big Boy's Beer"). Today, 3B is renowned by Britain's beer lovers as a superb, amber brew with a very distinctive taste and a sweet scent of malt beneath the hops. Pale malt makes up 88% of the dry ingredients along with 10% crystal malt and 2% sugar. According to the 'Real Ale Drinker's Almanac', 3B has "delicate, beautifully balanced malt and hop with lingering dry finish and hint of nut".

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sjohnh (329) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2014 Drinkable. Decent. Dull. There’s my 3D for you - oh sorry it should be 3B. Looks OK; brown, good head and lacing. Smells like - nothing. Watery. Uninspiring taste. Nothing wrong with it, not much right either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
miquelcrush (1625) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5344) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Royal Inn, Wootton Bassett. Spring, 2012. A pleasant dry bitter with a nutty quality and a lingering dusty finish. A satisfying and rewarding ale of quality and character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AWS9 (520) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
Okay, it actually looks okay, but one bad view of the light reminded me of a stool sample, which was a touch off putting. Fairly nutty, mild malts, easy finish. Disappointingly thin, but also an easy drinker. Not a bad pint really, but certainly a disappointing example of the style really.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KeefOz (1023) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2013
Tasted 20/4/2013 draught "Ye Old Red Lion", Chieveley, Berkshire. Poured a clear dark amber with a mahogany tint. The thin white bubbly head diminished quickly. Aroma-less. Tasted a mid-sweet throughout, no real bitterness. Light body bordering on watery. A smooth, soft, light ale with a bland finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
wimpyjoe (5073) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2013
Glowing copper coloured ale with a diminishing head. It’s a smooth dry bitter with a medium bitterness. Some malts in its aroma.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - NOV 24, 2012
The landlord told me this was a man’s beer!! Haha! Apparently originates from a recipe first brewed in 1910. The flavours are well balanced, good hop and malt, but a bit unexpectedly sweet ... sort of hazelnut caramel sweet .... not quite the combination for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Srumping (1) - - DEC 30, 2011 does not count
This is beer is well received where ever it is found. It has stood the test of time when other more modern brews have come and gone. It is a reflection of the quality and traditional method of brewing still undertaken at Arkells Brewery. The smooth drinkable flavour of the beer hides the deep after taste, and the impact of it’s 4% abv. Many a new drinker has found it to be a more powerful brew than it’s strength implies. If well kept this is a superb beer, still brewed in a traditional fashion.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1434) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2011
First tasted this at the Mossend Beer Festival, Lochwinnoch. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear copper red in colour with a thin white head. Slight fruit note in the short aroma. Thin mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malt base gives a digestive tea biscuit flavour with a suggestion of dried raisins. Metallic tang of hop resins gives a tired bitterness in the short aftertaste. Dry in the bitter sweet finish but poor overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8822) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2011
Cask, one-third pint, GBBF’11. Amber-copper body, bubbles at the surface. Plain malt-fruity aroma. Ditto taste profile with notes of apricot. Dry bitter ending. True to the style (London, 04.08.2011).

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