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

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7689) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (7634) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (6803) - 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 (6716) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (6685) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2014
How: Cask.
Where: Oliver Twist, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, malt, fruit, floral.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, fruit, plum.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (6459) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2011
(Cask at Angleterre, Helsinki, 2011-03-14) The beer poured amber and clear. Its head was long lasting, white and small. Aroma had malts, hops and mildly toffee. Palate was medium bodied with lowish carbonation. Flavours were malts, toffee, hops, mildly fruitiness, biscuits, bitterness and hint of home brew. Aftertaste was bitter. A tasty bitter but not anything special.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (6438) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 19, 2013
Cask @ St. Urho’s Pub

Pours clear golden with a small head. Aroma of crisp grassy notes, hints of malts and bread. Taste is malty, slightly bready and grassy. Finish is sweetish and slightly bitter. Okay, quite generic bitter.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (6246) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2014
Cask at JDW. Clear dark orange / brown, still, very small white head. Aroma is … nothingy. Body is medium to light, smooth. Taste is toffee malt with a punchy bitterness. Not great.


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