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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Bitter
Horsham, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Cask; Regular.
A Best Bitter brewed in a traditional Sussex style using Maris Otter, Crystal and Chocolate malts with East Kent Golding hops. Typical of Dark Star ales, the Best Bitter relies on the heavy handed addition of aromatic hops late in the boil.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (4752) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer Company, Clerkenwell. Pours clear dark golden with a white head. Aroma of butter, malt, toffe and fudge. Flavour is light to moderate sweet and bitter. Light bodied with soft carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (4018) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2012
Draft at the Craft Beer Company, Clerkenwell. Poured a nice reddish brown with a glass hugging white head. The aroma is hugely caramel and very pleasurable. However the flavour was a little sour, watery and not particularly tasty. I would not order another.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3700) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2012
Hand pulled at the Victoria, Birmingham. Brown bitter. Resolutely English. Native hops produce dryness, mushy orchard fruit and a smidge of preserve. Somewhat dry, slightly rich. Traditional but well executed. Good Bitter like this is very refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (2736) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 18, 2012
Cask@7 seven stars, Bristol
Rich fruity malt and dry bitterness. Chestnut, east drinking. English hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34222) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2012

Cask (handpump) @ Craft Beer Co., 82 Leather Lane, London, Greater London, England EC1N 7TR.

Clear medium amber orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, nutty notes, light to moderate hoppy. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20111205]

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (2293) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2014 Cask at the Bull, Battle. Dark brown, toffee and malt nose, bitter and burnt marmalade body. Re-rate at the eponymous Partridge, classic brown bitter with a bright hoppy nose, lovely nutty malt and a dry-bitter hoppy balance. Very sessionable.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4299) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Cask @ CPK. The pour’s a light amber brown with a faint white head. The nose is brown bread, berry, some caramel and a bit of eau du twig. The taste is pretty straight for a bitter - notes of caramel and berry. Decent smooth malty body with a lightly dry grassy finish. Well-rounded. A decent representation of the style. Nothing’s wrong here.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Cask at the Half Moon, Windlesham (Jan ’12) .Golden/amber in colour with a small ’off’ white head . Hop, fruit and a touch of sulphur on the nose, not unpleasent, but not alluring! Slightly sweet in taste for a bitter, with a small amount of hop biterness in the aftertaste. A hint of caramel and fruit in the background. Fairly thin in body and leading to a dry-ish finish. Not a bad beer, but the most disappointing I’ve sampled to date from Dark Star - they set high standards! Simply ’whelming’ !

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (1929) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2012
Cask at Ealing beer festival 2012. An amber coloured pour with a small white head on top. Malty, hoppy aroma. Tastes malty, hoppy, fruity, bitter and slight sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (1809) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Cask. Thinner bubbly white head on a darker copper brown body. Biscuity aromas with mild earthy hop notes. Touch of toast in the taste, light toffee and earthy hops. Medium slicker body.


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