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Holdens Golden Special Bitter

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


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
An 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (10620) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 21, 2016
Cask at praf 2016. Pours clear amber, nose is malty toffee, rhubarb, taste is sweet, light fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (9449) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 21, 2016
Cask at the Paisley Beer Festival 2016. Pours clear golden with a thin, bubbly white head. Aromas of light malt, faint fruit. Taste is light sweet, faint bitter tingle at the end. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (9266) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
Cask gravity at the Watford beer fest 2013. Golden colour with a light haze, loose white head. Aroma is sweet sugar, faint apple. Flavour is nutty caramel malt , berry. Fair.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (6351) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2013
Brown 500ml bottle, best before the end of Dec 2010, drank and reviewed 25 Oct 2010. I somehow missed bringing this across with me from BA. Poured into an ’Abbots Ale’ tankard, my current favourite UK pint tasting glass. Light amber almost orange in colour with a white head that soon became a collar and lacing as the beer sank down the glass. Mild malty aroma, fairly weak, even as the beer warmed. A malt sweetness is evident initially in the taste, a hop bitterness however soon arrives to let you know this is a well balanced true English Bitter (not a Pale Ale as listed). The alcohol content is fairly high for a UK bitter, hence the ’special’ in the name. The 5.1% ABV is well hidden and the beer is easy and pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ken1 (1759) - DENMARK - OCT 26, 2013
An ok grape like bitterness with a watery aftertaste. Color is golden amber with a white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (17539) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle from Utobeer, London. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, fruity and light hoppy - grass. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet and light bitter finish. 261013

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
deanso (9051) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2012
50cl bottle from ABCBeers, the Hague. Thick creamy white head. Clear golden pour. Pretty drinkable bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (8697) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2012
Hazy golden colour, hopped but with a sweetness which dominates taste and texture.

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