MadRobin (1834) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at Bertha's in the Fell's Point district, Baltimore, MD, where it is called Bertha's Best Bitter.
The beer was served at a warm room temperature, rather than the "cellar temperature" stated on Bertha's menu." Or perhaps, Bertha's cellar is kept rather warm.
Clear, dark amber-orange win an off-white head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of fresh-baked bread.
Taste of liquid brown bread and mild orange. Fairly sweet with only a hint of hops.
Medium body and low carbonization.
[This is the same as Bertha's Best Bitter, which is served at Bertha's in Fell's Point, Baltimore, MD. Bertha's originated the recipe and at first brewed it in their kitchen. Later, they contracted to (now closed) Oxford Brewery and eventually to Pratt Street (aka Oliver's).]
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Ret12 (450) - Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was an ok beer. Very malty but not much of a hop flavor and a little bit too thin of a beer for my liking
Velkyal (286) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
An on the money best bitter, served on cask and the bedrock of a session with mates. Pours a wonderful amber colour with an inch or so of head, the aroma is seville oranges, some spiciness and the grasiness of Fuggles. Tastewise, sweet pale malt with some judicious caramel malt and a firm though unobtrusive hop bite that lingered and left you wanting more, medium bodied and a superb representation of one of the more difficult styles to brew well.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden amber with a creamy white head. Sweet, malty aroma with a whiff of dusty hop. Seems to start sweet before near rescue by a fair, earthy bitterness. Pretty drinkable but I like ’em drier. Cask at the brewpub.
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at The Wharf Rat. Pours clear copper with a frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is cookie and biscuit malt, faint fruity esters, earthy and woody hops. Flavor is malt forward with medium hops and bitterness, faint fruity esters and a sweet finish. Light body and warmth with medium carbonation.
sonnycheeba (3303) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask. Pours hazy gold/copper with thick, frothy white head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is cookie and straw malt, leather, pears, floral hops, and light apples. Flavor is malt dominate with faint fruit esters and good; bland finish. Medium body, low carbonation, and low warmth.
dlovell2 (660) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Frisco Grille. Amber color with white head. Sweet malty aroma with citrus notes. Sweet caramel flavor with slight citrus hop finish. I always enjoy the Olivers beers.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes. On cask at Pratt Street.
Pours a moderate orange brown with a good white head and some nice lacing. Quite a bit of lace is there, but can’t bump to a 4.5 given that it doesn’t overpower and it is cask. Nose brings some light caramel and toffee and some slight hops. The taste is ever-so-slightly hoppy with a base malt that is nice. Good body with slight bitterness. Very sessionable.
Serving type: cask
Reviewed on: 11-03-2010
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Pratt location. Pours a clear amber color with a medium creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of green apple, floral hops, faint malts. The taste is caramel, lightly toasted grain, apples, tart fruits and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied.
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned draft at Church Key in DC. Pours a nice copper, almost no head, low carbonation. Aroma and flavor are of rich caramel, apple, biscuity malt, a slight tartness. Some burnt malt creeps into the finish. A very nice bitter, particularly on the hand pull at the right temperature.