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


on tap

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (9358) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2014
Cask at The Hanging Bat. Pours clear amber, huge white head. Aromas of apples, stone fruit, caramel. Taste is sweet, more light fruit. Sticky finish. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9267) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (8934) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Cask gravity at the Watford beer fest 2015. Mid amber coloured pour with a small off white head. Aroma is dirty nutty malts, light raisin, some English yeast esters, hint if caramel. Flavour is composed of light nutty caramel, dried fruits, cakey. Palate is semi sweet, lowish carbonation, bit dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (8036) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (7994) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2013
(cask@The Station Hotel, SE London) An amber/brown in colour with a medium white head, medium body. Aroma/taste is caramel mineral malt, with slight fruit undertones. Medium sweet initially with a bitter hoppy finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (7854) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7765) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7681) - 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.

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