Brewed by Larkins
Style: Bitter
Edenbridge, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask: Regular.

This rich fruity ale is slightly darker and sweeter than the Traditional. Notes of summer fruits and caramel give way to a long bitter malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 Cask at the rock, chiddingstone. Clear copper with a creamy white cap. Aroma is flowery, lots of EKG went into this one obviously. There are also some light toffee notes. Flavour follows the same line as the aroma, simple crystal/EKG combination giving some fruity, toffee, yeast flavours. It is a magnificently balanced bitter, but not overly complex. The brewery around the corner in a converted barn house is worth a look.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
My Bottom Line:
This suave Bitter offers oranges over caramel in a dry mouthfeel which leads to bitter hop leaves.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam covers the shiny amber.
-This is a rather classic interpretation, but it is very enjoyable.
-The finish is surprisingly dry given the initially silky body.
-Yeast fruitiness is perfectly harmonious with the chosen hop bill.

On cask at The Ypres Castle Inn, Rye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17284) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2005
Cask at Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival. I really liked this as a best bitter. It ticked all of the right boxes, but it had a little more malt and hop flavours than most and it is extremely well balanced and constructed. Won’t win many prizes, but a good beer nevertheless

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5543) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2004
Canterbury Fest. Slightly cloudy. Not quite ready but still very tasty. Flavours a bit muddled, but a typical best bitter - soft and fruity. Very tasty! Shame that Larkins beers are so rarely seen outside of a few pubs around the brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15272) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Cask at GBBF08. Almost clear copper colour. Nicely malty and nutty flavour, seems also to have enough alcohol to give it at least some mouthfeel. Hint of spicy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2008
Cask (handpump) @ Market Porter, Borough, London SE1, England.
Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, nutty, licorice - caramel licoruce notes. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. (040808)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2004
Canterbury Beer Festival, with SilkTork. Copper colour. Still slightly cloudy, but a very palatable drop. Fruity aroma and a dry palate with a nice balance of malt and hop. This brewery has been going for nearly 20 years and seems to have no ambition to expand beyond supplying their own single pub and a few other local outlets. Cask (gravity dispense)..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2008
(Cask at Market Porter, Borough, London, 4 Aug 2008) Dark amber colour with a creamy, beige head. Malty, nutty nose with notes of dried fruit and dusty hops. Malty, fruity taste with nuts, chocolate and dusty, earthy hops in a medium bitter finish. Slightly sweet. Well made and decent bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25392) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2008
Cask@GBBF2008. Amber colour, not much head. Aroma is wood and some mild freshly cut grass with some mild caramelly notes. Flavour is caramel, hops and wood. Aftertaste is caramel, wood and mild grass. Wellbalanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2009
Cask Handpump at the GBBF Earl’s Court, London 08/08/2008 Floral aroma. Amber golden coloured and a little rich on the palate with a crisp full malt finish.

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