Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Bitter
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Cask; Regular. Replacement for Best Bitter.
"This is an ambient bitter, successfully merging the biscuity sweetness of English malt with the fruity, floral bitterness of locally grown East Kent Goldings and Target hops, to give a clean, satisfying and moreish drink."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
From tap in Lewes, East Sussex. Hoppy aroma. Good copper appearence with little head. Smooth taste with a slight bitter after taste. Overall quite a sweet and yeast tasting ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorqui (2168) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 Cask at The Freemasonís Arms (Covent Garden - London).
Light and much vanishing head. Red limpid color, clearly and stationary. Flowery and woody scent; pleasant notes of toasted malt and ash. Dry, smooth and arid taste. Little alcoholic but a lot watery on the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2006
Cask (Cock & Woolpack, EC3): Darker golden in clour with a lasting beige head. Nice earty hops, very easy drinking. A chugging bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nekronos (3967) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 21, 2006
Really nice, cloudy foam, and great semi dark colour, dar amber. A little bitter, but with great flavour./ It was on Cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2005
Cask (handpump) at the Willow Walk (JDW), Victoria. Hmm. I assumed this was just a rebranding of best Bitter rather than a JDW special, but it seems I was wrong. Light copper colour. Earthy, dusty hops and dry malt. Very English and very Shepherd Neame.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2005
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Apr 07 Cask conditioned @ Humble Plumb, Soton. Fairly hoppy - dusty and leafy. Unfortunately they feel a little like dried herbs - slightly stale. not great.2.4
Dec 05 Cask conditioned @ Humble Plumb, Soton. Stale cheesy hop aroma. Other than that some classic english malt flavours but just not that great. 2.6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9602) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
Cask, Moon Under the Water, Boston. hazy red/copper in colour. Aromas are berry fruit with sweet malts, earthy hops with sulphur and spices. Flavours are biscuit malts with fruit, earthy and dry with spices. Has a good finish that is very moreish. A good example of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (12799) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2005
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Copper coloured with slight head. Sweetish darkly roasted malts dominate with a slight resinous woodiness to the palate and a vague smoky burnt note. A restrained tea like hop on the finish, with a bittering end. Overall a little thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5521) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 Nov, 2005 JDW, Rochester. Creamy and sweet best bitter with a quiet and dignified hop exit. [2.9]
April, 2006 <a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/14/146 Anchor, Faversham . A beautiful marmalade sweet best bitter with a dusty hop edge lingering in the swallow. The sweetness is soon balanced, leaving a sweet memory. This is an impressive ale - spicy and full bodied. Dark cherry flavours. I enjoyed this more and more as the pint progressed. A bloody great beer - every mouthful a pleasure. [4.4]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (16837) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2005
Cask handpull at Society Rooms, JDW, Maidstone, Deep copper colour with bubbly off white head. Nice yeasty hop aroma. Finish is rather stunning. Very drying, almost dessicating hop, bit thin in mouth the the rest is good. Touch of caramel malt. Hops on end are a bit of a revelation

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