Brewed by Hawkshead
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Kendal, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Pasteurised bottle.
Note: The cask version has a separate listing.

Deep red in colour, rich, malty and dry. A more robust version of the Best Bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2011
30th July 2011
ChrisOs ’Donkey Dork Lord’ Pre-GBBF Tasting. Hazy amber beer, little off white head. Sweet malt, a little creamy and a little bit of chocolate. Not much else here other than some tired malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 6, 2011
Pours a lovely dark chestnut with a creamy coloured head which then leaves some lace. Caramel on the nose, and malt in the falvour. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (9723) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 18, 2011
500ml bottle (ChrisO’s pre-GBBF2011 "Donkey Dork Lord" shindig) - BB2005
Dry and oxidised, but that’s 2005 beer for you. It has certainly aged quite well. A little buttery, again little surprise there. Nutty and nut-papery, a touch of old books. Not really a valid rating, as the brewer specifically told you to not drink it in 2011. But as is survived pretty OK, it’s worth noting that. It’s also worth noting that you should drink it fresh, you silly people!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7138) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle, shared by Parksy. Ruby tinged amber, frothy beige cap. Aroma is nicely malty, sow brown sugar, light toast, hints of fruit. Lightly toasted malty flavor, fruit and cocoa nuances just barely there, woody hoppy bitterness in the end. It’s been a while since I’ve had a nice bitter, and this nicely fit the bill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (21061) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2011
Bottled@The Chriso Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011 "Donkey Dork Lord Edition". Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is fruity, floral, nutty, mildly bitter as well. Flavour is quite similar with the nuttyness being more evident. Also quite wooden notes in the finish. Mild notes of oxidation, but otherwise very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (12197) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle at ChrisO’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011. Pours clear, red-brown with a light, filmy head. Sugary malts in the nose, some caramel and toffee. Tangy, aged malts in the flavor. Medium bodied with soft or flat carbonation. Some sugar on the finish. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2011
500ml brown bottle. Bright red-amber in colour with a fluffy slightly rocky head. Good clinging foam. Nose has some brown sugar and caramel malts, hint of chocolate malts, as well as slight hoppy notes. Flavour has a bit of chocolate malts, caramel malts, sharp hops that are citrusy and grassy. Moderate bitterness, citrusy and leafy hop finish, some lingering sweet malts beneath. Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, good drinkability. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7318) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle from Booth’s, Ilkley. Pours...well, red with an uneven, clinging beige foam. Understated aroma with decaying leaf hints, peppermint, rust, nectarine. Good malty, faintly soapy and chocolate-accented brew with plenty of citrussy hop undercurrent to pique the interest. Some toffee and nectarine. Bitters into a husky finish with hints of toasted nuts and tonic. More robust and US-influenced than expected, with no particular affiliation to style. Very bitter, especially now I’ve been on the cheese. Like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2010
(bottle) Slightly unclear, amber colour with a shine of copper and a small and slightly tanned foamy head. Toasty malty aroma with notes of caramel, accompanied by a shy berry-fruity touch and traces of sweaty and metallic hops. Moderately sweet and bitter flavour, light bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Toasty malt-character with caramel and a restrained fruitiness; dry-ish caramelly and hop bitter finish. I do not like the aroma while the rest is pretty decent. 30.IX.10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (36362) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium to dark orange amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, toffee notes, light sweet red berries. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium to light, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20100917]

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