Brewed by Redwillow
Style: Bitter
Macclesfield, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Cask & Bottled; Regular.

A classic best bitter, rich toffee and malt balanced with the subtle flavours of Challenger, First Gold and Target hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
UPDATED: APR 19, 2012 500ml, bottle conditioned. Dense vanilla head over clear, spiralling copper beer cratering the glass with foam (OK, it is a weizen). Sesame oil on strawberry scent; beansprout dankness, dishcloth hops- beer begging to be sipped. Bitter with robust, hairs-on-chest hops; deeply roasted, almost smoked malts; brazen, lingering nut husk and cigar notes; blackcurrant, cocoa powder. Elements of rauch, (US) brown ale, ESB, íkeller bierí, soapy IPA, immaculately kept English sessions vying for attention. Best bitter my arse- not a twig in sight. Slate-soft, quietly humming, full-flavoured...but you could drink it all night. Best bitter after all. The ordinary done extraordinarily well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clibit (7) - Manchester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2012 does not count
Cask at Pi in Chorlton. Red brown colour, smooth mouthful, pleasant sweetness. Very enjoyable, quality session beer, my first Redwillow, looking forward to trying more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (6737) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Cask @ CPK. The pourís medium amber with a small head. The aromaís pretty soft - notes of golden apple, some toasted brown bread. Faint nose. The taste is far more interesting - very perfumy and lively. I get jasmine tea, rose petal, light herbal hops. Pleasingly sweet orange peel and red berry. Soft chocolate and hints of caramel. Smooth finish. Light body, Wonderful vitality in the texture. Overall, this is definitely NOT another traditional English bitter. Itís certainly a lovely reinvention. Interesting, subtle flavors. Very cool stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle at home. Possibly the best bitter Iíve had, certainly in a long while. Itís hard to move me with this style, this did. Dark copper to brown, medium off white head. Aroma is yeasty, some toffee. Flavour is pretty solid, fair bit of hoppage, powdered chocolate, creamy hoppy finish with medium bitterness. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (6954) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 22, 2012
Cask at the Rose Villa Tavern, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. Clear brown pour with a bubbly white frothy head. A classic English bitter with a nice malty aroma and lots of chewy malt and bitter in the flavour with a liqourice aftertaste that sets this beer apart from the crowd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1635) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2013
Cask in the Dean Swift. Copper brown in colour, nice white head. Very pleasant bitter, caramel and toffee, some earthy flavours, bitterness to finish. All well balanced and sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9526) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2015
Cask at fynefest. Pours deep amber, nose is malty burnt toffee, taste is similar, sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OllieBBommel (1405) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2015
Cask@In de Wildeman, Amsterdam. Appearance: clear amber with almost mall off-white head. Aroma: flowery hops, malt, toffee. Taste: bittersweet. Palate: smooth, refreshing, medium bitter body, low carbonation. Overall: nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2012
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a golden amber colour with a thick beige head. Aroma and flavours of caramel upfront and treacle. Alcohol is fairly present. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2012
[cask at the Caley Sample Room, Edinburgh] Brown-looking bitter. Chestnut coloured, and with a similar nutty aroma. Good bitterness on the first part of the flavour, leading into a decent dry chocolate finish. Disagree (respectfully as always) with Ash - a really well-made coppery, iron-rich, best bitter [13062012]

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