Brewed by Arkells
Style: Bitter
Swindon, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular. Also available in a Tesco bottle conditioned pack.
Arkell's Best Bitter Beer, as it was originally known, was first brewed in 1910 and has been affectionately known as BBB or 3B by customers ever since. (One Swindon landlord will tell you that 'BBB' stands for "Big Boy's Beer"). Today, 3B is renowned by Britain's beer lovers as a superb, amber brew with a very distinctive taste and a sweet scent of malt beneath the hops. Pale malt makes up 88% of the dry ingredients along with 10% crystal malt and 2% sugar. According to the 'Real Ale Drinker's Almanac', 3B has "delicate, beautifully balanced malt and hop with lingering dry finish and hint of nut".

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FatPhil (16631) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 22, 2017
Draught (Rickety Press, Oxford)
Slightly eggy farty aroma. Sweet malty taste. Soft palate, carbonation low. Finish gently buttery and bitter. Slightly sweet. Best bit is probably the tingle in the finish, otherwise a somewhat dull brew.

Cunningham (8159) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2016
Clear nutty color with a thick white head. Moderate intensity in the aroma. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Tad sweet and a moderate bitterness. Caramel malty, herbal and bready flavor. Quite typical cask bitter.
[Handpull at The County Ground in Swindon, England]

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GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Drank while on a recent business trip to England -- on cask, decent English ale. Earthy simple good, but not great.

Fatehunter (2582) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Pours a finger of head on a dark straw body. The aroma is mild toffee, caramel and lemon. The taste is sweet with lemon bitterness. The texture is soft and smooth. Nice.

BrewTom (660) - - APR 21, 2015
Dark amber hue. Light malty smell (honey, biscuit). More honey on the tongue with modest hop bitterness. Could do with a little more strength in my opinion but a good session bitter. Rated by BrewTom

Sjohnh (992) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2014 Drinkable. Decent. Dull. There’s my 3D for you - oh sorry it should be 3B. Looks OK; brown, good head and lacing. Smells like - nothing. Watery. Uninspiring taste. Nothing wrong with it, not much right either.

miquelcrush (2053) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

SilkTork (5777) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Royal Inn, Wootton Bassett. Spring, 2012. A pleasant dry bitter with a nutty quality and a lingering dusty finish. A satisfying and rewarding ale of quality and character.

AWS9 (730) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
Okay, it actually looks okay, but one bad view of the light reminded me of a stool sample, which was a touch off putting. Fairly nutty, mild malts, easy finish. Disappointingly thin, but also an easy drinker. Not a bad pint really, but certainly a disappointing example of the style really.

KeefOz (1873) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2013
Tasted 20/4/2013 draught "Ye Old Red Lion", Chieveley, Berkshire. Poured a clear dark amber with a mahogany tint. The thin white bubbly head diminished quickly. Aroma-less. Tasted a mid-sweet throughout, no real bitterness. Light body bordering on watery. A smooth, soft, light ale with a bland finish.

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