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

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (16111) - 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.

3
   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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1791) - 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.

3.1
   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.

3
   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.

3.3
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5594) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10205) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5738) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2007
500 ml bottle. Light ruby in colour with a cream head; rich malty aroma with a trace of orange, quite sickly; smooth, with caramel flavours and sharp, rather sour, hops; dry bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (20238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2011 a Medium ruby in colour, malty nose. too bitter in flavour but an ok balanced finnish to it... 1.6 ...cask at bow bar ... copper red ... creamy tan head ... soft fruit toffee ... soft woody toffee malts ... juicy fruits ... light hop ... light bitter linger 3.5 bottle at chris ... copper ... soft toffee malt ... jucy toffee malt ... light bitter ... woddytoffee hint of red beer spice 3.5


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