Brewed by Marstons (Marstons plc)
Style: Bitter
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Ingredients: Burton spring water; Maris Otter barley; Fuggles and Goldings hops.
Michael Jackson 500 Classic Brews

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Bottled Small frothy off-white head that fell to thin layer after 5 minutes; hazy medium amber color. Aroma was of caramel malt with some fruitiness and a bit of diacetyl. Flavor started nicely with a very present off-dry caramel malt character. Woodiness emerged mid-palate layered with some fruitiness and a hint of butterscotch (diacetyl). Finished with a yeasty-breadiness that lasted into the aftertaste. An interesting, pleasant wine-like astringency was evident throughout. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and a drying astringency. A most interesting special bitter. Along with the typical caramel malt aroma and flavor was a pleasant vinous character: a fine acidity with a drying astringency. This wine-like character combined with the nice bitter/sweet balance made for a good session ale that held my palate’s attention. It would be nice to try this on handpump.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilverfoX (298) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
smells like watery bread...?? burnished gold body with a foamy white head, tastes sweet, a bit like flat cherry cola with a bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikeyo1 (233) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2014
can @ home. Pours a clear copper colored liquid with a steady off-white and compact head, Nice!. Weak aroma of crackers, toffee, fruits & herbs. Smooth mouth feel with low carbonation. Malty, herbal & somewhat flowery taste with some caramel & crackers. Malty lasting finish. Light herbal bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
yiannnos (893) - , CYPRUS - OCT 4, 2014
Clear amber colour. Caramel, toffee in the aroma. Malty, thin body, bread,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kita (1120) - Koper, SLOVENIA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle, 0.50l. Clear amber color with medium creamy off-white head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma is grassy, herbal and grainy malty. Taste starts with moderate sweet toasted malt with notes of caramel, grassy sour following and light bitter finish. Medium body, slick texture and average carbonation in palate. Typical bitter, not outstanding, not my favorite stye, but still pretty quaffable...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sfuen03 (351) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 6, 2014
Dark amber color, medium sized, quickly diminishing head. Aroma of herbs, toffee, weakly fruity. Fresh mouthfeel, sotf to medium carbonation. Bitter taste, with herbs and fruits leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (5944) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
"This worked to get the taste of Redds Strawberry Shizzle outta my mouth. Otherwise a pretty average bitter. Bready and caramel malts, some light bitter and floral hops. Ok... "

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3892) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Did not realise this had a cask and bottle listing until I came across it yesterday (11th Aug 2014) after having a bottle at my brother-in-laws house: something I have done many, many times. This is his prefered UK bottled beer and he always has a few in. Anyway let us get onto the beer: it’s OK but nowhere near as good as a well kept cask Pedigree in a cosy pub. Slightly red hue to the pale brown body, the white head, always leaving some lacing. Mildly sweet malts in the nose and taste with toffee flavours clearly coming through. The finish is a little bitter and hoppy, this helps to balance the beer nicely. I am sure this used to be creamier in the body years ago: sadly things change.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (936) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2014
500ml bottle into a nonic. Pours a hazy dark copperish-brown with a thick half finger white head. Very good head retention that stays in place for a long time after the pour. Aroma is loaded with toffee and caramel with a heavy dose of grassy hops. While nothing spectacular it is exactly on par with what the style should be. The flavor adheres to the style just as well as the aroma. Loads of toffee and caramel but it is not too sweet. I feel the hops stand out a bit more here lending a mild, light bitterness to balance out the maltiness. The toffee turns into a bit of dark rye bread towards the finish with a touch of roast. Slightly sticky mouthfeeel with bitterness lingering through the finish. Overall, this is a very well done English Bitter. Better than many bitters that come to the USA and I would absolutely love to have this out of a cask one day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (1833) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is light caramel and brown toast. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Light skunkiness to it - and light caramel, lemon, hazelnut, grass... Pretty dull but OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sjohnh (198) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Clear dark amber with white head. Thin body, low carbonation. Malts dominate the nose - the draught version I used to drink in Manchester had a very distinctive aroma, somewhat sewer related - but none of that here. Slightly soapy, with a lasting bitter finish. Not my favourite English bitter.

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