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

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A best bitter originally brewed exclusively for the National Trust using hops from their hop farm at Scotney Castle. Deep mahogany colour from the crystal malt and wonderful lingering finish from the Target dry hops. Available in National Trust shops and restaurants in the South East, selected Waitrose stores, independent shops and direct from the brewery. Malt - Maris Otter Pale Ale, Crystal 150. Hops - Scotney Castle Target.


MustangMarkF's rating

3.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
MustangMarkF (239) - 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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle, @Half Pint Gentleman’s place, 24/3/2016. Orange colour. No lacing. Taste marmalade, caramel, soft malts, lemon, herbs, pine and black pepper in the finish. Typical UK leaf hops again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4578) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle. Amber beer with a good bubbly head. The aroma is caramel and toffee, and the flavour is bitter with slightly burnt caramel and yeastiness. Overall a reasonable bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jasonbenali (93) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2015
Pours copper to amber with a thin to medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma is tangerine, earthy, lemon, floral. Caramel sweetness balanced by the slightly harsh Target hop, but not much body. Nice long finish if a touch metallic. Well balanced ale, easy drinking, but doesn’t stand out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HerrBierkoenig (1034) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 31, 2015
From 0,5l bottle, BBD: 11.15 Pours cloudy golden liquid, small frothy tan head, fell down after a while, Aroma: grass, herbal, citrus, mango, apricot, Taste: medium sweet, light to medium bitter, light sour, hopy, herbal, grass, citrus, grapefruit, apricot, biscuits, mineral, well balanced, refreshing, Palate: medium body, slick texture, average to lively carbonation, long bitter grapefruit finish, Overall: very drinkable and well balanced bitter, enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SinH4 (2185) - Garching, GERMANY - JUN 15, 2015
Rather dark amber-orange color with small head. Aroma is grassy hops, malty, caramel. Taste is more grassy hops and bitter malts. Carbonation is rather crisp for a British Ale. Okay.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer0clock (142) - 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 (2360) - 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 (639) - 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 (16085) - 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


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