Brewed by Butcombe (Liberation Group)
Style: Bitter
Bristol, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular.
Previously brewed at 3.9%.

The West Country’s favourite beer derives from pure Mendip Spring Water…notably bitter, clean tasting, refreshingly dry and distinctive. Made with 100% best Maris Otter malt (the Rolls Royce of malts), together with a blend of (never divulged) English hop varieties…Butcombe Bitter is a moreish Mendip masterpiece.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2012
Handpull at Lamb and Flag. Clear amber-gold with a small frothy off-white head. Aroma is weak, grassy and slightly sweet. Taste is ... Light sweet grain, weedy and dishwatery. Light, still and a bit hash - finishes mercifully quick. Nah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (8921) - Down South, GERMANY - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle. Clear goden colour, mid-sized head. Shy malt and hop flavours, quite light and mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (15331) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2012
Cask at the Brewery Tap in West London. Labeled as ’Butcombe Original bitter’. Pours clear brown with a fine, white cream head. Toasty and doughy bread in the nose with a few berries, too. Light to medium sweet flavor with some toasty sugars, wet wood and leaves, berries and light leather. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Decent condition. Lightly sweet to finish, lightly dry, faintly musty with dry and toasty bread, leathery fruits and toasted sugar. OK, but not great, just so we’re clear.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kermis (8083) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2012
Half pint from cask. Pours copper with a white head. Light citrus and hop aroma. Medium sweet, medium bitter flavour with some malt and bread. Thin to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Not bad but uninteresting. (offline rating from April 2012)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
trapped (1658) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 4, 2012
Cask tasted at Lamb & Flag, London on 19 May. Amber color, small foamy off-white head, doughy aroma, hoppy-bitter taste, low carbonation, long finish. A good bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (4408) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 25, 2012
Can’t believe I’ve never rated this! Pours dark brown with fluffy cream head and slightly sulphorous earthy hops and malt aroma. Clean and roudned mouthfeel of malt, some biscuit, dry hop bitterness in the finish. My benchmark bitter.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alenm (18) - Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
Slightly sulphurous nose, but this is not reflected in the taste. Some malt and hints of bitterness linger. Quite drinkable at this strength, but taste is unremarkable

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorgeLee (1518) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
Cask at the Adam. Mid copper coloured bitter. Taste has quite some malt, with a moderately bitter hop flavour and a brief finish. Nice enough session beer (which I tried, and it did work) but in the grand scheme of things dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (5194) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2012
Sept 2009: This beer was on cask at my overnight accommodation this week, really glad I choose to stay at ’The Lamb Inn’, Iron Acton. Poured a lovely deep, dark amber, clear, wholesome and smooth looking. One of the whitest of white heads I’ve ever seen on a bitter, it was only thin, but it stayed and left some lacing as the beer level sank. I had three pints and loved each one, the hops and barley aroma was slightly sulphurus but not off-putting in any way, it just added to the bitterness that came towards the finish of each mouthful. It is a true flavoursome English Bitter and was the only beer the brewery produced for its first 18 years, they now do three others. Very moorish, which is why I had three of these and didn’t get to try the others, which were also on offer, along with Bass and Courage Bitter (all on cask!).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
superflyguy (432) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2012
distinctly unimpressed. probably more to do with the condition of the beer and its service than the beer itself. scummy head on a slightly straw body. weak aroma and tasted like cold tea/cat waz! cask. white lion. clifton. bristol.

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