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Brewed by Windsor & Eton
Style: Bitter
Windsor, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Cask: Regular.
Our first beer and we have high hopes that one day our pump clip will become as recognisable around Windsor as the Guard’s bearskin hats that the design it is based upon. Guardsman Best Bitter is a copper-coloured session strength ale with a tangy taste, smoothed by oak conditioning and a really fresh hop. It is brewed with premium Maris Otter pale malt and a blend of Pilgrim, Styrian Golding and Fuggles hops.


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3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, - JAN 27, 2013
Copper, clear, no head; biscuity malt and earthy hops; a little nutty; whilst the dry, moderately bitter finish is softer than most, presumably down to the oak, you’d be hard pressed to describe this as anything other than an ok trad bitter.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath (1660) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2015
Cask at the Lyndhurst, Reading. Amber-brown with a moderate white head. Predominantly oaky flavour with a little caramel, unripe apple and grapefruit- not sure the grapefruit really goes. Slightly dry finish. Below par compared to what I’ve come to expect from this brewery, but not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (5233) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 2, 2015
Cask at the Cross Keys, Covent Garden. Poured a clear dark amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is light caramel malt. The flavour is light bitter with a light watery skunky herby light barnyard malt palate. Light bodied with soft carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (5969) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2014
Cask at Cross Keys, London. Pours clear Amber with a thick off white head. Aroma of malt, toffee, light fruit. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Toasty and skunky in the finish. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
olliejobbins (1162) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
500ml bottle from Waitrose. Pours clear, dark orange/gold with thin frothy head. Aroma is hops, a little cinnamon and some toffee. Taste is full, mince pie/fruit cake sort of spices followed by hops and finishes with tangy yeast.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MissPxx (633) - - DEC 4, 2014
Delicious hoppy aroma. Subtle taste with a pungent aftertaste. Pleasing red amber colour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (4372) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle shared at Leightons house. Thanks LKS. Clear reddy orange fleeting loose white head . aroma is caramel and light papery nose. Light berry. Flavour is berry, caramel, touch of oxidation. Touch of soap. Palate is fairly light! Lowish carbonation. Lingering berry.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (1056) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Cask at the Cross Keys, Covent Garden. Amber, clear with a sizeable off-white head. Muted scent of caramel malt, sulphur, sarsaparilla and tamarind. Odd but certainly original. Surprisingly sweet with a strong bitter sulphurous edge. Long dry finish, bitter aftertaste. Brave but flawed.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4133) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle. Bronze and clear. Small head and well bottled. Pleasant bitterness with a hint of malt.Almost sherry like and slightly smoked. More complex than I anticipated. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdiBeer (1674) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
Aroma: light caramel sweets. Appearance: dark clear amber, medium creamy white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: light bitters continue, hay and flowers coming up. Overall:decent Bitter, palate quite nice. Pint at the Cross Keys, Covent Garden.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2014
50cl, new exclusive English brew Anno 2010, from the brewery, not complex brew, malty/sweet and slightly woody/fruity, easy to drink, balanced, clear, good head, simple brew


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