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


on tap

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9448) - Ottobrunn, 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 (44144) - 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]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (16972) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are raisin, plums, malt, hops and yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a reddish amber with a slight haze and a rough off-white head. Aroma of sweet berries and caramel. Medium body, again some berry fruitiness with a whiff of caramel and perfume. Dry and hoppy finish. 170910

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1827) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2010
Bottle. Fluffy off-white head, dark red-brown body. I would definitely recommend this as a winter beer,but not as a summer one! Very warming. Aroma is red wine, sugar and toffee apple. Bittersweet taste, with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2010
Bottle 4.4%. Reddish brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma: Malty, toasted, fruity, caramel, citrus, berries. Flavor: Toasted malt, fruit, nuts, grass, berries, caramel. Dry & bitter finish(slightly astringent). A bit sharp mouthfeel and carbonation, probably better on cask. Still ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear deep red/brown colour with a large frothy off-white head. A rich malty aroma. A grainy, slightly toasted, malt flavour. A moderate bitterness to the palate. Just average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle Traci brought back from Cumbria. Thanks baby! Shiny dark copper, solid off-white head. Pleasant toasted cereal aroma, a bit of earthy hops. Toasted caramel sweetness with a little chocolate edge. Well made and goes down just fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2008
Bottle from booths, keswick. Aroma is biscuity, hints of grainy malt, grassy and hints of citrus. Taste is again a malty chap with similarly hoppy notes to aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2007
Mahogany res with a nice head. The aroma is fresh with lots of hops and malt and notes of fruit. The flavour has notes of roasted malt, light sweetness and a pronounced, dry bitterness. This beer has a interesting and good balance, that I like very much.

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