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

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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular.
Ingredients: Burton spring water; Maris Otter barley; Fuggles and Goldings hops.
Wolverhampton & Dudley’s flagship brand. A cask-conditioned beer brewed using a unique strain of yeast. The only beer brewed through the Burton Union Systems and then fermented in wood. A fine combination of mineral enriched Burton Water, fruity Fuggles hops married with bitter and spicy Golding hops.
41 million pints sold each year. "Better brewed in wood."
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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
swicken (1) - ISLE OF MAN - APR 16, 2004 does not count
If you haven't been to Burton on Trent to taste it you haven't tasted it. My favourite of all time (But I was born in Burton and lived there until I was 18 - So I may be biased)

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christhedrunk99 (1) - Worcestershire, - FEB 21, 2002 does not count
This is the best bitter I have ever drunk. Everything about it is perfect. However, it needs to hand-pulled with the sparkler done up tight. This forcing it out under pressure and giving it a good head. Also it can vary very much depending on how it is stored. If kept badly it can go flat. Of course these can vary form pub to pub. In a good pub that cares about it’s beer the creamy head sticks all the way down the side of the glass.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iammadeofjelly (192) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Looks and tastes like beer. Back at home (im a student) in my local it takes pride of place on the bar next to its marstons cousins. I like it. Try it. One of my favourite beers!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chasboy99 (6) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2001 does not count
My favorite when I visited London. Nothing came close, and my first at, for an American, a ’warm’ temperature, and hand pumped. It made me a convert!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 Cask @ The Victoria, Oxford, UK Backlog 14 Aug 2004
Not as sulfury as it used to be in the good old days. However , this time I found a very pleasant woodsy (oak?) character. It used to be one of my favourite beers but, alas, no more. Still a nice beer when in top condition 7/5/7/4/14 3.7.
RERATE: Cask @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
Lovely sulphury aroma, just as it should be. Reflected in taste as well. Nice malt n hops mix with great flowery aftertaste. Only complaint is that it’s slightly green, but that’s nitpicking. They say this beer doesn’t travel well. This cask did obviously.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2000
One of the finest pints in England.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissPxx (297) - - JAN 4, 2014
Slightly chocolatey and caramel aroma. Light brown in appearance. Fruity on the tongue with hardly any aftertaste. Very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 Cask version.. Much better than in bottles, lovely!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Draught from a cask at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena, CA. Amber color with large head. It is slightly sweet and extremely smooth. It has the low carbonation on the palate you would expect from a cask. This is a great bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoestring (261) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2008
Subtle, well balanced and easy to drink indeed. (The Ship Inn, North Berwick -- as one of their guest ales.)


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