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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: 77   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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (6833) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2011
Cask at Dean Swift. It pours deep amber, with a thick, bubbly off-white head. The nose is quite subtle notes of wood, malt, dust, smoke and nut. The taste is wood, dust, leather, malt, dried fruit, nut and a bit of orange pith, with a dry finish. Lightish body and soft carbonation. Ok, but nothing special.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (6290) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Euston Tap, London 17/3/2011. Deep gold with a white head. Aroma of stone fruits and caramel. Flavour was sweetish, with plenty of fruit and a decent bitter finish. Ok.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6239) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2011
Cask @ O’Hara’s, Tampere.
Pours a dark reddish brown colour with a small foamy head on the edges. Aroma of grassy hops and dark chocolate. Flavour of grassy hops, grapefruit, dark chocolate, caramel and floral notes. Light bodied with a dry, bitter, nutty finish. Chocolate actually surprised me and it suits here quite well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6157) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2011
(Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 6 May 2011) Amber colour with foamy, beige head. Fruity, malty nose with notes of citrus, orange, biscuity malt and fresh hops. Fruity, malty taste with citrus, orange, apricots and fresh hops in a finish with a generous bitterness. Rather light body, with balanced sweetness. Quite tasty and highly drinkable. Nice one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Camons (5960) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2013
Cask @ CASK Pub & Kitchen, London. Pours amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts, grass. Flavor is malt, caramel, grass. Medium body, soft carbonation. 160913

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (5669) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 19, 2013
Cask @ St. Urho’s Pub
Aroma is quite light with cocoa and nuts. Flavour is a bit odd with berries, toffee, hints of mint and nuts. Also some caramel character exists. Palate is a bit light. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (5247) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2011
Cask (Oliver Twist, Stockholm) - Copper coloured. Malty and fruity aroma with hints of hops and dried fruit. The taste is nicely balanced with malt, hops and notes of dried fruit and nuts combining nicely.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5119) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2011
Cask at The Harp, London, as Dark Star Partridge Best Bitter. Amber to copper colour, low white head. Minimal aroma, some malts and nuts. The flavour is malty but not very sweet, with a fruity and slightly acidic finish, some bitterness.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (5061) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4600) - 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.


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