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


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4990) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2007
Bottle. Poured very lively out of the bottle.Bitter with a slight dryness.An easy to drink above average bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10214) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (3327) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4640) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle. Brownish reddish beer with a very strong frothy light brown head. The aroma is lightly roasted and the flavour is very deeply roasted and bitter with a caramel finish. Overall a nice deeply bitter and roasted beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13246) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2005
Bottled, pasteurised, 500 ml. Chestnut red with white bubbly head, reasonable condition. Good rich malty flavour with a caramel background and a lasting bitterness. Sharp on the close with a little floral note. Reasonable pasteurise beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (21630) - 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

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (5241) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle from the Spar. Appearance - amber to copper with a nicely proportioned head. Nose - red berries sweet malt and gentle biscuits. Taste - more of the same. Palate - close to medium bodied with a sweet yet crunchy texture and a long balanced finish. Overall - very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAR 16, 2015
500 ml bottle from Les Vignerons. Wonderful dark amber/light copper, perfectly clear, with a nice, fluffy and persistent yellowish head. I had my last proper ESB a while ago, but this one it seems quite a textbook example, concerning the aroma. Slightly toasted malts, caramel, citrus jam/marmelade, earthy hops, a subtle hint of smoke and coffee as well. Taste pretty much follow suite. Silky smooth, very gentle fizz, moderate, clean and lingering bitterness. Solid level of taste (again caramel/toffee and fruity jam/marmelade) and ridicolous drinkability. Not the cleanest aftertaste (just a hint of cardboard/metallic notes) but I can’t really complain, it really is a perfectly decent interpretation of the style, imho. Soft to average carbonation, medium body, creamy texture. I wouldn’t mind 1 or 2 pints of this one on cask. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, 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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