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


on tap

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2011
[cask at Cloisters Bar, Edinburgh] Ruddy, nut brown bitter with a decent white head. Aromas of walnuts, malt and leathery earth. Lovely bitter flavour – slightly sweet, but with that hop edge to complement perfectly. Fruity as well, smooth caramel too. Liking it so much, I stayed on this the whole night – which for a RateBeerian, is the highest praise you can give [04112011]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (12592) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8957) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (17225) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2011
Cask at the Euston Tap. Clear, rich gold pour with a foamy head. Toast, leafy hops, faint caramel aroma. Flavor is lightly sweet with crispy bread, leaves, some mild citric bitterness. Light bodied with average carbonation. Leafy and herbal hop finish, clings to the throat, some light malts, toast and straw. Nice beer, well balanced and layered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (24330) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 7, 2011
Cask@Angleterre, Helsinki. Amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel malts, toffee, mild wooden notes as well as some nuts and some floral notes. Flavour is wood, caramel malts, some nuttyness as well as some toffee. Palate is smooth and filling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Cask at Tap East. Pours a golden brown with a creamy off-white head. Malty applewood notes on the nose belie a sharp malty bitterness on the palate. Little stabs of pear sweetness on the back of the tongue and the roof of the mouth leave behind a really fresh semi-dry aftertaste like a golden sunset. Delicious and very moreish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4329) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (1775) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 1, 2012
Brasserie 4:20 (cask). Spillata a pompa. Ambrata carica, molto intensa, un poco torbida, con schiuma biancastra poco persistente. Aroma leggermente fruttato, con luppolo ben in evidenza, note di malto caramellato e una punta acidula. In bocca è piuttosto morbida, ma la luppolatura si fa comunque ben sentire, lievi sentori di lievito nel finale. Corpo medio, carbonazione soft. Una discreta bitter ale, forse non la migliore di questo birrificio, ma perfetta come session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (3813) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2014 Cask at the Bull, Battle. Dark brown, toffee and malt nose, bitter and burnt marmalade body. Re-rate at the eponymous Partridge, classic brown bitter with a bright hoppy nose, lovely nutty malt and a dry-bitter hoppy balance. Very sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2713) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2013
Cask at the Staion Hotel, Hither Green. Gold/amber pour with a white head. Nutty, caramel malt aroma with a smidgen of citrus. Fruit burst in the flavour, lots of pear and citrus in there. Bitter-fruit finish.

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