durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask pint at the brewpub. My, what a lively carbonation for a cask-drawn beer. Creamy head atop a light amber body. Distinctly English hops and biscuity malt. Soft notes of peaches and other mild fruit tastes. I sort of gulped this down as they were playing Phish there and the Toronado was only a short walk away. Easy-drinking and tasty, though.
anders37 (14720) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ the brewpub. Pours a pale amber color with a white head. Has a fruity malty weak hoppy aroma. Fruity malty weak hoppy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty bitter finish.
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber pour with a tall off-white head. Nose is mostly bread and toasted malt. Light cracker note, floral hops, and a soft earthiness. Some hints of orange peel on the back end. Flavor is a bit more bitter than expected. A fair amount of citrus peel, some nice floral notes, and a more pronounced earth character. Still, mostly a bread and toasted malt flavor with a moderate sweetness.
danbierman (20) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Magnolia. Pours a dark golden color with 1 finger creamy white head, after sipping leaves slight Belgian lacing. Smells of sweet hops. Tastes very smooth, slightly sweet, not as bitter as expected. Light bodied with a creamy finish. Overall a pleasant surprise from a man who knows how to make a good bitter.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft... Light copper a bit orange... Oranges with a bi of bo and skunk... Taste is malty water boring
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at the brewpub. Pours with a mostly clear copper body with a frothy and slowly fading white head. Aromas are bready, estery, lightly lemony, honey, light florals. Woody hop note. Flavors are bready and mildly nutty, slightly butter. Kind of watery. Some fruit esters. Minimal/light carbonation. Medium bodied, but finishes dry and a bit thin. A mineral (bicarbonate) bite in the finish.
A bit bland.
ogiergrove (120) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was hands down one of the best cask bitters I have ever tasted. Nice cereal nose and honey color, with a pleasantly bright citrus hoppiness complementing the mild malt flavor
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Shown as Billy Sunday’s Best Bitter (4.7%). Amber beer with an off-white head. Very bready aroma. Bready flavor with malt and light floral notes. Medium body. Malt and light caramel lingers with light grain and light floral tones.
badlizard (5525) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Strong grain aroma and taste with some vanilla malty notes and a cereal finish.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Biscuity, honeyed malts are balanced out by leafy hops in this balanced and impeccable Bitter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the amber shine.
-This was a very well tendered cask; and the beer was served at warm temperature. All the elements to a proper, authentic Bitter were there.
-That being said, there was nothing special about this Bitter, and it would be one amongst hundreds in the UK.
-The mouthfeel is silky and highly drinkable.
-The malts are slightly caramelized as well.
On tap at the brewpub.