Formerly brewed at Oakwell
Style: Bitter
Barnsley, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
A traditional copper coloured best bitter. Barnsley bitter is brewed from finest Pale Ale and Crystal Malts from Norfolk, Invert Sugar and Hopped with the Hereford and Worcester varieties Fuggles and Goldings. When matured for a week and a half in cask with added priming sugar, the resulting pint is creamy and malty with a pronounced bitterness level balanced by a sweet undercurrent. The Goldings provide hop aroma and the famous Oakwell Yeast strain imparts bags of yeast character. This is not a one-dimensional drink but a complex blend of finely balanced flavours, which leaves you wanting the next pint before you’ve finished the one you’re on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ Devonshire Cat, Wellington Street, Devonshire Green, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England S1 4HG.
Clear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, dusty, fruity, light nutty, moderate hoppy, orange, dusty. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20090419]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (22990) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2005
Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm. (3.8%) Nut brown. Roasty malt aroma. Remarkably dry with light-medium body. Resiny hops along with roasty malt dominates. Salty, bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (16927) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2008
Cask gravity at Bricklayers Arms 2nd Annual Yorkshire BF 08. Chestnut colour with lasting thin beige, toffeeish yeasty aroma. Sweetish malt in mouth, with some dryness on finish. Bit of butter on aroma. Finish is a vague tickle. Drinkable, but not remarkable. It’s a bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (12909) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2003
Cask Conditioned at The Punch Bowl, Warwick. Mid brown beer, no head (unusual for a yorkshire bitter, could have been the glass it was served in). Not to be confused with Barnsley Bitter from Barnsley Brewery, though it confused me! A malty sourish bitter, quite nasal and astringent. Ok once you are into it but not the easiest to love.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9674) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2007
Cask, Shakespeares Head, Leicester. Amber with a dense cream head. Aromas are caramel malts and sulphur with some salt and floral notes. Dry hops. Flavours are toffee malts with liquorice bitterness. Some stale biscuit aspects. Dry towards the finish. Like Tetleys bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2006
Cask conditioned - handpump - Shakespeares Head - Leicester. An amber coloured beer with a heavily sparkled creamy off white coloured head and tons of lacing. The aroma is standard balanced bitter and malt notes as is the taste. Completely decent and drinkable if not Earth shattering, and again ridiculoucly cheap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2008
The Shakespeare’s Head, Leicester. Chesnut half lined with lace. Lightly sulphurous nose with some musty hop reinforcement. Soggy Digestive, milky stillness, definite note of wood. Pleasantly hopped, mellow bitter. But completely unexceptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2008
A Mes rate: Gravicask at the Bricklayers.
Mid brown with a good white head. Very "green" malty aroma with some very slight smokey notes and some nice prickly hops. Nice nutty malt in the mouth with good hoppage and a nice bitter finish. A solid but not particularly exciting bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (6038) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2012
Saturday 27th Oct 2012: local CAMRA surveying trip. The first pub we hit is the only Oakwell Brewery owned place in Shropshire, The Seven Stars, in a hamlet called Cold Hatton (strange pub to have as your only outpost in a county). My first pint was of this, and I really enjoyed it. Hand-pulled into a UK sleeve, the body was a good brown, deep amber with red hints: on top an off-white head of foaming bubbles that stayed the distance and also left heavy lacing on my glass. The aroma was malty and semi-sweet, as was the taste. Mild toffee flavours are joined by fruitiness and a nutty note before the dry, bitter finish, in this well balanced brew. More to this than the Oakwell Senior.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berkshirejohn (5884) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
Cask at the Punch Bowl, Warwick. Deep gold with a thin, dense, beige, head; malt aroma; thin malt flavours; weak hops to finish. A forgettable bitter.

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