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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: 6   MEAN: 2.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (3605) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (4007) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ken1 (1011) - DENMARK - OCT 26, 2013
An ok grape like bitterness with a watery aftertaste. Color is golden amber with a white head.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (11600) - 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

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
deanso (5561) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2012
50cl bottle from ABCBeers, the Hague. Thick creamy white head. Clear golden pour. Pretty drinkable bitter

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4324) - 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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