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Holdens Black Country Special Bitter

Brewed by Holdens
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Dudley, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
A Dark amber premium beer with robust malty overtones and a bitter sweet full bodied taste. Brewed using the Finest English Maris Otter Malt and Goldings hops this big, beautiful malty monster is an industrial strength beer at it's best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6565) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Cask-conditioned at the Bull’s Head, Sedgely, 22/11/2014. Golden in colour, with a decent, white, head. Sweetish, honeyed strong bitter, with a touch of stone fruit and decent, bitter, finish. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (2184) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Cask. Very pale yellow, clear, still, a few bubbles on top. Body is medium to light with a touch of carbonation. Taste is watery, semisweet malt, musty with a soft bitterness that endures. Decent bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1492) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
On cask at Derby Tup, Chesterfield - Gold colour, moderate head and condition. Honey and apple aromas mingled with a citric hop nose. Honey and sweet malt in the mouth with more delicate hopping and a good hop bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (12237) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2013
Cask at The Great Western during the RateBeer Black Country Bus Bash. Pours clear gold with a light, foamy white head. Sugary dough character with light wet hay and faint grassy bitterness. Light of body with fine of carbonation. Sweet finish with hay and sugary dough. Simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wimpyjoe (4657) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2013
Keighley Beer Festival. Copper coloured, no head. Has a sweet aroma with a bitter-sweet taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (5059) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Cask @ The Great Western during the RB Black Country Bash. The pour’s gold with a small head. The nose is honey. Cake mix. Bran muffin. Some peach and pear summer fruits. The taste is toast, white bread. Mild lemon citrus. Fruit leather. Light body, fine carbonation. Overall, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
6th July 2013
Black Country Beano. Cask in the Great Western. Clear gold beer, little white head. Light palate, semi dry. Fine carbonation. A little marmalade. Tiny bit of honey. Light dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (10376) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
Cask at the Great Western, Wolverhampton at the early stages of the RB Black Country Bus Bash - 06/07/13. Clear golden with a good sized off white head, good lacing ensues. Nose is toasted malts, caramel, sugars. Taste comprises caramel, bready malts, sugars. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, good dose of bitterness in the finish. Decent ESB.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8584) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 14, 2013
Cask, one-third pint, on a sample tray at the pub called Roscoe Head. Clear amber coloured body, fragile white layer leaving spotty lacing down the glass. Rather modest aroma of bread-like malts together with floral hops. Jam like taste of juicy malts and dried fruits. Bittersweet tail. Satisfying bitter (Liverpool, 07.04.2013).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5136) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 30, 2012
Cask at The Fountain, Walsall. Pours a lovely clear golden brown with a big white bubbly head. The aroma is weak and malty leading to a malty bitter creamy flavour with a nice smooth creamy palate and a slightly bitter aftertaste. The perfect session beer.

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