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


on tap

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RATINGS: 538   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eduardovl (970) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 25, 2014
500ml bottle serves in a pint. A: Pours a sightly cloudy light amber color forming a medium off white bubbled head with good retention and lots of thin spotty lacings left in the glass. S: Classic English Bitter. Strong notes of caramel and grassy hops. Metallic hints. Fruity notes. Flowery and herby finish. T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee, caramel malts, crystal malts followed by a very herby, and grassy, and citrus hops bitterness. In overall, the taste is dry and light bitter. Hints of resin and grapes. M: Light watery body. Medium carbonation. Caramel and grassy hops in the aftertaste. O: Good drinkability. Classic Bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
Can. Pours clear deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some floral notes and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, wet paper and fruitiness. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Meilby (8274) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
Can 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear copper with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, biscuit, caramel and floral. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cimbasso (256) - - NOV 4, 2014
Copper colour with an off-white head. Lots of lacing in the glass. Malty aroma and the taste has plenty of malts with notes of toffee, nuts and apples with hints of (slightly strangely) bubblegum. Fruity, bitter finish. A very nice, interesting bitter with plenty of character and a good, hoppy bitterness. A great ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fajry (793) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2014
Fľaša. Zlatá farba, biela pena. Vôňa vechtu a zatuchliny. V chuti sladovosť, sladkosť, jemne karamel. V pozadí zľahka umelina, chmeľ.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cuso (5110) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle shared by Miro at Behind The Hills 2014 Autumn Edition. Amber color with small white head. Malt, wet mop in aroma. Taste, caramel malt, light citrus hops in finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MisoW (1804) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle at Behind The Hills 2014 Autumn Edition. Pours amber color, white head. Aroma of caramel, malt. Taste is bitter, malty, caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilverfoX (417) - 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 (277) - 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 (921) - , CYPRUS - OCT 4, 2014
Clear amber colour. Caramel, toffee in the aroma. Malty, thin body, bread,

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