Brewed by Brewster's (UK)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Grantham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Derek Prentice (British Brewer of the Year 2013-14) and Sara Barton (British Brewer of the Year 2012-13) have collaborated to brew a new beer called ’Brewer’s Dozen. The name relates to the widespread opinion that beer is liquid bread, so it is only fair that brewers should share the same dozen as the bakers! This coupled with the fact that the British Guild of Beer Writers award for both Sara and Derek’s British Brewer of the Year title spanned 2013. Brewer’s Dozen is a 5.5% ABV SPA (Special Bitter) and was brewed at Sara’s brewery, Brewster’s in Grantham. The inspiration for the beer also derived from the baker’s dozen as the beer was brewed to an Original Gravity (OG) of 13˚ Plato. This is typical of the SPA’s historically brewed by many brewers who would name them Best or Special Bitter on the bar. The beer was brewed using East Anglian barley malt , caramalt and crystal malt, with four varieties English hops –Fuggles, First Gold, Admiral, and Target. First Gold and Admiral are fairly recent varietals, bred in Kent by leading hop breeder Dr Peter Darby.

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stravale (3165) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - NOV 16, 2014
Cask @ Bridge House JDW, Belfast [131114]
Amber, clear, dense white head, some lacing
Aroma of soft fruits, sweet caramel, soft peach
Taste of sweet soft fruity caramel, soft orangey, some slight floral notes, soft syrup malts
Palate - Medium body, quite oily, sweet, smooth texture. Finish of sweet malts.
Overall - Rather sweet beer, bit too much syrupy malt in this...came across as only just above average. Maybe the Spoons I’m at looking at the other ratings here

AshtonMcCobb (7133) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
On cask at the Standing Order. AppearanceSomehow still cleaning on the finish. en amber with a decent head and a slight haze. Nose - a bit gentle but some honey coming through. Perhaps caramel. Taste - toffee going into syrup or honey. Somehow Palate - medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - yep good complex beer.

leaparsons (10990) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
Cask, The Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Oadby. Hazy golden brown with an off white head. Aromas are floral and leafy with toffee and nutty, spiced tea. Mellow grapefruit with toasted malts and background caramel. Flavours are sweet biscuit and caramel with herbal citrus rind and bittersweet pink grapefruit. Brown sugar with spices and a leafy, fruity hop finish. Good.

Mr_Pink_152 (6040) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2014
Tried at the Royal Hop Pole, Twekesbury. Hazy amber colour, with almost no head. Aroma of Olde English Marmalade. The taste also has orange citrus, and is quite sweet.

mr_h (6225) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2014
Cask by hand-pump at Counting House, Glasgow (2014 Winter Festival) - clear amber, good cream head, resinous grain, malty aroma, intermittent lacing, well balanced with some citrus and malty flavours, good carbonation, very easy to drink

Leighton (23406) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2014
Cask at the Willow Walk, JDW - London. Pours clear yellow-gold with lasting, foamy white head. The nose has some piney hops, pale bread, rindy citrus fruits. Light to medium sweet with pronounced oily hops, moderate bitter pine, hay, lemon rind, light minerals, pale bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation; decent condition. Resinous finish with soft floral notes, more viscous pine, citrus rind, balancing pale malts. Not bad. They didn’t skimp on the hops.

madmitch76 (27186) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2014
17th October 2014
Crosse Keys Spoons. Cask. Lightly hazy gold beer, small pale cream colour head. Smooth light palate, semi dry. Decent fine carbonation. Light pale malts. An almost candy like floralness balanced by a nice citric peel bitterness, touch of lemon. Light finish. Tasty and drinkable.

MrTipple (7496) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2014
Aroma: light grain and cereal malts, light citrus. Appearance: clear gold, small, creamy white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: watery, light grains. Overall: disappointing ESB, too watery in palate. Pint at Willow Walk, Victoria.

ManVsBeer (11726) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2014
Cask @ The Waterhouse, Manchester. Clear golden with a creamy head. Has quite a tangy sweet hop, some grain and some berry flavours to enjoy too.

RichTheVillan (8650) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Cask at JDW Bishop Vesey; clear golden amber pour with a creamy white head, roast malt aroma, taste has citrus, winter berries, with a hint of malt.

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