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Brewed by Westerham
Style: Bitter
Edenbridge, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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The best bitter has been exclusively brewed by the Westerham Brewery Co in its premises on the National Trust's Crockham Grange Farm, near Westerham. It is made using hops grown by Ian strang, the Trust's tenant at Little Scotney Farm. This is the only hop farm owned by the National Trust and one of a dwindling number in Kent. Proceeds from sales of the beer will be used to help support and develop the enterprise. Ingredients: Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt from Barley, Crystal Malt from Barley, Wye Target Hops, Westerham Brewery Yeast.


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3.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
MustangMarkF (219) - Coventry, West Midlands, - SEP 28, 2013
500ml Bottle. Ive been waiting to try a Westerham Brewery ale for a long time as they are my local brewery to where I grew up. The Best Bitter is VERY dark for a bitter pouring a chestnut brown topped by a small off white head (on a hard pour) but what really hits you is the smell. I can smell this beer strongly from a meter away and Im a smoker!! There’s a huge array of sweet fruitiness, banana, raisins, citrus plum and other dark berries together with roasted malts and caramel. The taste has more of the same but its a lot more watery than it smells. It finishes with a bitter taste of burnt toffee - kinda like the black bits you get if you leave a fruit pie in the oven for a bit too long. Full of character and the smell is amazing but just not quite my thing. Have a bottle of the Scotney Pale Ale - this Bitter gives me great hope for it.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer0clock (138) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Golden amber brown, white head, lacing, carbonation, tastes pretty nice, bottle at bottle shop.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheJestersBeer (2060) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a clear pale gold, with a white head. Hoppy, grassy aroma, caramel, citrus, malt. Dry, light to medium bodied, mid bitterness, balanced CO2. Grassy, malty taste, citrus, hops, caramel. Quite nice. (2014-05-14)

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
a_cross (600) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2013
No ’Little’ on the badge; clear amber, no head; vinegary aroma, thought it might be off, but no! This had a surprisingly rounded bready / caramel malt flavour well balanced by some wonderful hop flavours - kind of a rum and raisin thing going on, a bit nutty too; as good a best bitter in a bottle as you’re likely to find, would love to give this a go on cask.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (11201) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle from Alesbymail. Hazy orange with a tiny off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and a little cheese. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. Somewhat watery. 301013

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rob_D_UK (782) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Pours a dark amber/chestnut. Aroma is citrus and very fruity. Very hoppy taste with a hint of malt in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14044) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle from AlesByMail.co.uk. Hardly any head. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, bitter hops, fruits, little nuts and malt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20330) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 4, 2013
Bottled (from AbM). Slightly hazy orangeish deep golden colour with a small off-white head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is bready and caramel malts with mild nutty, earthy and floral notes. Flavour is quite similar in a nice balance, and also has some slight ripe fruityness to it. Nice wooden and resiny floral bitterness in the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bart (2940) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2013
50cl Bottle, courtesy of Stefaan, shared with Robin. Amber coloured beer with some very small and light carbonation. No head. Skunky sweet light fruity hinted aroma. Medium palate, light wattery. Finish is fruity bitter iwth an unpleasant wattery bitter almost herby ending. Medium.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10969) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2012
Cask at the 2011 Wallington BF, London. Labeled as ’Little Scotney Green Hop’ but from a cursory web search this seems to be the same beer. Pours rich gold with a fine, white head. Caramel malt nose. Medium sweet flavor with some light, hay bitters, caramel and toasty sugars. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Mildly sweet, doughy finish with some caramel and very light bitterness. An easy drinker.


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