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

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
superflyguy (431) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2011
It’s pretty much just a good to average beer, albeit one that looks a bit redder than normal! sweet red fruits and hints of dark caramel. good foamy head.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Solid English bitter - top banana but a little boring. Fantastic colour too ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (18664) - , 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.

3.3
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (11008) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (8069) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23030) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (14431) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2977) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7712) - NUNEATON, TOP, 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.


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