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


on tap

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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Originally only brewed for the Courage directors, the spare beer was sold locally as Alton IPA, but soon became known as Directorís.
Courage brand bought by Wells & Young Jan 2007.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (4333) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2013

Appearance: Clear copper color with a off white head. Good lacing.
Aroma: Caramel malty, toffee and mild fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. Tad sweet and a fine bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Dominating caramel malty, mild fruity and a fine hoppy back.
Overall impression: Tasty and easy drinkable.
Personal stats: Bottle from Spar at Stansted Airport in London, England.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ragebe (5) - Verwood, Dorset, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2013 does not count
Too gassy, nothing like Courage Directors on tap (as it used to be in the 70s/80s) Little or no aroma, taste is okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
GoufCustom (763) - HONG KONG - AUG 21, 2013

500 ml bottle bought at Wellcome Superstore in Sheung Shui.

Clear dark amber colour; Very thin head and residual white foam which faded in 20 seconds; Small lacing with slight carbonation; Fragrant sweet aroma of malt, raisins, light dark fruit , toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, slight citrus and grass; Fairly light sweet taste of thin malt, with bread, biscuits, light metallic, hint of red fruit, very light wet cardboard, faint citrus and grass; Light body, watery palate; Mouth feel is a very straight forward watery ale, with pretty good malty dry biscuit character, quite clean, foul is negligible, and so is variety in taste. Hoppiness is faint citrus and grass in nose and taste. Bitterness is minimal for hollow finish; Slightly dry after taste, very easy to mouth.

Comments: This is so easy to down itís almost likeable, Still, decent nose aside, itís too simple, extremely low on hops, very watery, and monotone in variety. I donít think these ďDirectorsĒ had discerning taste, and I will drink it again only if itís free of charge.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2013
(Bottle): Pours a clear bronze, small off white head. Sweet malt aroma but not much else. Straightforward weak taste of caramel, malt and a little bit of spice. Just plain boring to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JUL 28, 2013
I donít care how fashionable this isnít or how far itís knocked for being commercial, I enjoy this straight-forward non-pretentious bitter. Hoppy, medium bitterness on the finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jonb5 (341) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2013
Half litre bottle, poured into pint glass. A: Bronze, clear, small tanned head, poor retention, some lacing. S: Malt, yeast, fairly boozy. T: Fruity, earthy, moderate bitterness, some fuggles, grassy finish. M: Medium body, slightly on the heavy side, well carbonated which gave it a coarse edge. O: Earth didnít move, a bit like a watered down uninteresting Dubbel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6140) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2013
Medium beige head. Clear amber body. Fruity toffee aroma with caramelly notes. Sweetish earthy raisins and caramel taste with spicy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish perfumy caramel and licorice aftertaste with spicy notes. Finish is kind of watery, but still a nice, delicate beer. (0.5l bottle, from Co-op, Whitby.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
King_Dean (63) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 15, 2013
Dark amber pour small of white head. Slight hop & spice aroma. Light malt fruity flavour and a dash of hops. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OwainTurner (299) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2013
#22 - a deep bourbon colour, it looks stunning. Courage has a deep bitter taste, that is perfectly rounded off with a strong burst of fruit, with a slight lemon honey aftertaste. Lovely.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2658) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 20, 2013
Appearance: dark brown/orange, medium brown/yellow head. Aroma: Black tea, peppery, muted vanilla, malty with some wet cardboard to it. Flavour: Bitter, lots of malt, a little citrus but infused with spicy tea, long cardboard spicy finish.

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