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


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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Bottle and can: Filtered.
Originally only brewed for the Courage directors, the spare beer was sold locally as Alton IPA, but soon became known as Director’s.
Courage brand bought by Wells & Young Jan 2007.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
v.zoltan (95) - HUNGARY - JAN 20, 2015
Borostyán szín, hab nélküli megjelenés. Mazsolás, aszalt szilvás illat. Közepesen testes, kissé körtés száraz fanyar íz.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1913) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015
part of my 2013 backlog. Dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma toffee and malt. Taste has malts, caramel and a touch of Hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (2116) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber body with a thin white head. Lively carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of tea, copper and boiled vegetables. Flavour of fruit cake, bread and nuts. Thin body with a watery texture. Soft fizz. A reasonable Premium Bitter - I think this would be pretty good on cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchad56 (122) - - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle - on pouring high carbonation giving large 2 inch head. Retains smaller head on settling. Clear amber brown colour Nice on tongue - very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wheresthepath (1787) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle that Dad shared with me- cheers. This is a beer that I’ve always thought of as reasonably decent when I’ve had it in good condition on cask, so I was interested to see how it would cope with the transition to bottle. It’s a bit lighter in colour than I remember it being on cask- amber with a thin off-white head. It’s definitely too fizzy. Up front though it’s quite promising- there’s a big fruity berry whiff. On tasting it’s much less pleasant- vague caramel pushed aside by assertive cardboard and metal. And the fizz is constantly annoying. Another decent UK cask ale is destroyed by pasteurization. Why do they do it?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cimbasso (328) - - NOV 27, 2014
Sampled from a 50cl bottle. Amber-brown with a whitish head. Malt and caramel aromas. The taste is malty with caramel overtones, some hints of raisins, followed by earthy malts. I remember the cask version of this very well, and the present day offering seems very poor in comparison, with nothing like the richness of the old brew. A rather bland beer these days, I am afraid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aronvarga (356) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 6, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear, dark amber colour, short-life small sized off-white porous head, slight toffee aroma, light body, soft carbonation, moderate nutty and caramel sweet taste, sour malty palate with simply earthy hoppy notes. Smooth, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoNm (1476) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - AUG 15, 2014
Pours a clear amber color, topped with a nice off-white head that stays around. A pleasant malty aroma, and quite noticeable caramel. The taste is creamy and bittery, some caramel also present. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MichaelAwesome (5681) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle shared with McTapps. I always thought I had drunken this one already but surprise - I did not. - second surprise: fine one. Aromas of raisins, bit chocolate, some malt and bit of hops. Very easy to drink with a light warming touch and slightly sweetish. Fine, well brewed piwo with some class in it. Not rocket science but something you could drink every time you visit the UK. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
McTapps (5716) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle from Tesco Extra in Eastbourne. Pours out in a clear amber-brown colour with low head and medium body. Aroma of malt and wheat. Taste of mild hops, light barley, wheat, dark bread, roast and leaves. Woody finish. Nice one but nothing speciaal.

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