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

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unknown

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common

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10480) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
Cask. Frothy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter dry flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (10302) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer, London. Amber/copper beer with a small head. Fruity aroma with hop notes. Fruity flavor, hoppy, citrus, some metal. Balanced hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (10141) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2011
Cask conditioned at The Anchor, Birmingham. Amber with white head. This has good roasty notes in the body of the beer giving depth and initial flavour, the Chocolate malts adding interest, then a leafy, flowery hop flavour giving bitterness and a lasting dryness. A very decent session type beer which is just to my taste also having the benefit of being served by a rather attractive bar girl. Great stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9294) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2011
Cask (Live&Let Live, Cambridge)
6 Very caramelly malty aroma. Low on hops. Dark Star, Dark Star, why hast thou forsaken me?
4 Rich orange, sticky head.
6+ Fairly sticky mash base, some hukiness, a little nuttiness.
3+ Soft palate, carbonation low. Slightly grainy finish, with a gentle earthy bitterness.
13 Passable bitter, but a little old fashioned.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8664) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2011
Cask Conditioned handpump The Harp London. A light amber coloured beer with a white head and lacing. A slightly sulphorous yeasty bitter. Pretty ordinary with only some late fruit to lift it from the ordinary. Perfectly quaffable though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
Cask at Dean Swift. Deep amber pour with a little bit of light smoke. Distinct peat smoke character although the palate is fairly light-bodied. A little bit of fruit and some toasted malt character. Not roasty, but a touch of fruit. Pretty nice brew - quite unique really. Slightly astringent.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Theydon_Bois (8324) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8036) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2012
Cask, The Pub, Leicester. Amber with an off-white head. Aromas are weetabix malts with some nuttiness. Tea with some floral notes and light spices. Flavours are dry tea with weetabix and some tart lemon. Yeasty with some leafy and woody notes. Peppery and dry to finish. Pretty decent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This cushy ESB’s floral hops envelop light crème brûlée allusions, as delicate apricots are greeted by bitter resins and a biscuit-y undertow.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the glistening bronze.
-If you think a Bitter cannot be complex, please try this one. You might reconsider.
-The mouthfeel is suuuuper silky.
-Malts are also a tad caramel-like.
-Another engaging brew from Dark Star!

On cask at Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2011
Cask (gravity dispense) at Wandsworth Common Beer Festival @ Le Gothique on 25 March 2011. A reworking of the previous Best Bitter (which had itself departed some way form the original version) named after Dark Star’s new pub close to the brewery. Although badged as a "best bitter" it’s really more in "ordinary" bitter territory. Quite traditional in style with tangy, hops, dry malt and moderate bitterness. Not one of Dark Star’s more exciting brews, but that’s not the intention. A solid, drinkable, straightforward bitter.


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