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


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4555) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4487) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2013
Cask at the Bird-in-Hand, Knowl Hill. Light copper in colour with a tight white head; fruity malt aroma; soft and fruity in the mouth with some burnt caramel and fruity hops giving a gentle but sustained bitterness and a lingering grassy caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (4258) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (4008) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 24, 2011
Cask @ Blackfriars. Amber colour, white head. nose is malty and fruity. Flavour is slight roasty, fruity, light malted Slightly watery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2011
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Amber with a white head. Sweet fruity aroma with some cereal. Malty taste with a sharp, leathery bitter finish. Hot day. Very acceptable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3789) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (3733) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (3253) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 22, 2011
Cask @ Blackfriars. Malty aroma. Medium brown colour, not much head. Toasty malt flavour. Decent bitter but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (3132) - Stockholm, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2011
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a dark golden colour with a fair white head. Aroma is a little smoky with caramel, barley and yeast. Similar flavours with a little smoke again. Mild carbonation and light CO2 prickle. OK.

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