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Bathams Best Bitter

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Brewed by Bathams
Style: Bitter
Brierley Hill, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular. Also available bottled at 4.3%.
A straw-coloured bitter which initially seems sweet, but a complex dry, hoppy taste soon predominates. Probably the best example of the traditional Black Country style of bitter.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (5151) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2016
Bottle from Tanners, Shrewsbury. Appearance - consumed it from the bottle. Nose - toffee, nuts, earth. Taste - more toffee and nuts Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a finish that could be fresher. Overall - solid but not sure I’d revisit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spacecube (1562) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2016
500ml bottle, pours clear gold with a lively bubbly carb. Nice caramel and toasty bready malt, light spice and a balanced light bitter finish. A very good traditional bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (21169) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Cask at the source. Clear golden color, thick white head with good retention. Aroma of fruity black pepper, hay. Taste has peppery biscuit and caramel. Light body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrJamesMcEwan (201) - SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2015
* Bottle. Pours gold, clear, with an off-white head. * Aroma is toasted malts, caramel, orange & straw. * Palate is medium body, medium carbonation, very fine bubbles. * Taste is bitter, bready malts, orange & earthy. * Finish is soft, sweet, biscuit & honey. * Overall bready, orange & earthy bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5932) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2016

July 2015 - 500ml bottle at home as ’Batham’s Delph Ales Best Bitter’, 4.3% BB Nov 2015. Old-style label. Seemingly filtered. Amber orange, clear, very highly sparkling, big foamy white head. Aroma is Manuka honey, estery heather honey, bubblegum and paper. Body is medium, rounded, a little foamy. Taste is liquorice and honey, bread and cardboard. It’s a simple malty beer, OK. (3.1)

Jan 2016 - Cask at The Great Western, Wolverhampton. As ’Bathams Best Bitter’. Clear yellow, still, creamy white head, full lacing. Aroma is light with some passionfruit. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is bready, light citrus, touch of liquorice, sweet malts. Moreish and drinkable. (3.4)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JefVerstraete (2829) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2015
Bottle from minutemat. Many thanks! Clear golden colour, creamy white foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet malty with hints of caramel, light hoppy. Bitter and dry. Easy drinkable. Ok bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Saeglopur (1663) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 26, 2015
500 ml bottle from my European Local Swap sender minutemat. Thanks Mat!
Clear, pale golden body, with a big, lacing, frothy, off-white head.
Aroma of hay, grass, grains, some flowers, slight citrus.
Taste is quite light, with about the same aromas and some more fruity, zesty hops and bitter herbs.
Light, slick mouthfeel, with a low carbonation.
Finishes bitter, quite dry, with grass, herbs, zesty hops.

Good. Clean, crisp and very easy, with a nice hay aroma. Overall not a beer I would often drink, but one of the better Bitters I’ve had.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrHangover (3896) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours an almost clear golden beer with a medium sized white head on top. Aroma is grassy, malty and fairly thin. Flavor is mildly bitter, thin bodied, some notes of biscuits and has a low level of carbonation. Short aftertaste, decent example of the style.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stravale (2723) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle @ Salopian Bar, Shrewsbury [280115]
Light golden, clear, frothy white head
Aroma of soft sweet caramel, soft yeast
Taste of soft light caramel malts, light yeast, no minerals, clean, soft bitter hops, soft bitter cereal, light honey
Palate - Medium light body, rather sweet, soft bitter hops. Finish of soft sweet honey.
Overall - Rather sweet, not much going on, not great ... Probably better on cask,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (6900) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2015
Clear deep orange golden color with a fine off white head. Toffee, mild fruity and flowery. Medium body. Fine balance between sweetness and bitterness. Average carbonation. Bready, fruity, mild citric and a bit flowery flavor. Fresh and tasty English bitter.
[Bottle from an off license in Manchester, England]


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