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Courage Directors (Cask)

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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cask: Regular.
Originally brewed at Alton Brewery in Hampshire in 1903 for the Courage directors; spare beer was sold as Alton IPA, which acquired the nickname of Director’s Bitter.
Moved to the Courage owned Simonds Brewery in 1969, then to the Anchor Brewery in Bermondsey, then, in 1981 to Bristol. When Courage was taken over by Scottish and Newcastle, production moved to John Smith’s brewery in Tadcaster. Production was later contracted out to Youngs in London, and in Jan 2007 the Courage Brand was purchased by Wells & Young who brew it in Bedford.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kita (1372) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JAN 25, 2015
Cask at Lamb & Flag, London. Clear amber brown color with thin creamy off-white head, great lacing and soft visible carbonation. Aroma of caramel, toffee, biscuit and dried fruits. Taste starts with smooth light sweet caramel and toffee, follows by mild fruity acidity and mild bitter finish. Medium body, oily texture and soft carbonation in palate. Good enough to encourage you for another one...

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rob_D_UK (1243) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2015
Clear amber with a medium off white head. Aroma was fruity with malty and hoppy notes. Flavour had fruity hops, pine, malt and hints of caramel. Finished dry and bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (2522) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 28, 2014
Cask @Great British Beer Festival 2014, London Olympia. 16-08-2014.
Pours clear copper. Malty, some liquorice, sweet aromas. Taste follows the nose, with some roasty notes. Enjoyable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jackafholmes (613) - - NOV 15, 2014
Cask at Williams, Lincoln. Copper ale with foamy off white head. Aroma is malty and bread. Taste is mild umami, slight bitterness. Mild carbonation and a medium body. I think you’d struggle to find a more average ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
christhoel (286) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
Light caramel aroma. Amber color, beige creamy head, very good lace. Sweet, malty, light bitter, caramel. Long lasting finish with caramel and hops a extremely good beer highly recommended

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arek (501) - Zielona Góra & Wrocław, POLAND - OCT 27, 2014
Cask 1 Pint, Sir Percy Florence Shelley, Bournemouth, England, UK. Bursztynowe piwo z puszystą pianą i słodowym zapachem. W smaku kremowe, słodowe z bardzo łagodną goryczką na finiszu.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (2937) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2014
Cask at Cricketer’s Brighton. Had from bottle before but never rated. Clear amber, still, small white head. Aroma is malty … not much more to say. Body is medium, low carbonation, pretty smooth. Taste is toffee sweetness, thin, nail varnish, drying and astringent, maybe even slightly sour. Not terrible.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (12957) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2014
Cask @ Chambers, Jersey. Clear brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light hoppy - grass. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 170714

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (1718) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 25, 2014
Cervesa suau, maltosa i amb molts tocs a galeta i caramel. Cerveza suave, maltosa y con muchos toques a galleta y caramelo.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2014
Appearance: clear amber with ivory head. Aroma: biscuit, fruity, caramel. Taste: Low bitter and sourness with medium sweetness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average carbonation, abrupt fruity, malty quite insipid watery finish. Comments: Tasty enough and glass lace. Rating is for 4% cask version.


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