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West Berkshire Grist to the Mill

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Formerly brewed at West Berkshire
Style: Bitter
Thatcham, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Special - Beer of the month for March 2007.

Continuing our theme of naming our seasonal beers for 2007 after elements of the brewing process, our beer for March is Grist to the Mill. The malster takes the barley from the farmer and turns it into malt although before it can be used for brewing it needs to be crushed in the grist mill. Some breweries crush their own malt, others take it in already crushed. Pale ale malt (Maris Otter) makes up the bulk of the brew base with a small amount of coloured, wheat and other special malts to make up the recipe which is known as the grist, hence the name Grist to the Mill.

A tawny-coloured bitter with a good balance of malts and hops to give a mellow flavour to the beer.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2007
Cask Handpump from the Outside Bar at the Star Inn, Huddersfield 31/03/2007 Floral and malt aromas. Amber coloured and a little rich on the palate with some alcohol present. Crisp and slightly bitter full malt finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2007
Cask@London Drinker 07. Nutty/malty crystal malt notes. Earthy, with an off-dry finish, some leafy hop notes. Pretty average but its drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StueyD (1145) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2007
Mid to dark reddish brown coloured beer with a thickish white head. A thick malty nose with a ripe fruit aroma, a touch of banana and spice. The taste is bitter sweet, but swings towards the sweet more, malty with a touch of ripe fruit, butterscotch, caramel and toffee. The finish is bitter but smooth. (Cask - The Fox & Hounds, Heacham, Norfolk).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2007
A Mes rate: Gravicask at London Drinker. Amberish colour with a swiftly vanishing bubbly head. Citric and hoppy with a slight acidic sourness and strange malty character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10141) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2007
Cask conditioned at Banbury Beer Fest 07. Tawny colour with white bubbly head. Nicely balanced bitter with a fruity orange like hop note and a richly roasted body. A decent beer indeed.


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