Brewed by Butcombe
Style: Bitter
Wrington, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular.
Previously brewed at 3.9%.

The West Countrys favourite beer derives from pure Mendip Spring Waternotably bitter, clean tasting, refreshingly dry and distinctive. Made with 100% best Maris Otter malt (the Rolls Royce of malts), together with a blend of (never divulged) English hop varietiesButcombe Bitter is a moreish Mendip masterpiece.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (18692) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
Cask at the Rifleman, Twickenham - 13/10/12. Pours a clear copper colour with a frothy off white head. Good lacing ensues. Nose comprises grain, light malt and some fruit. Tastes of biscuit malt, light caramel tones, a little fruit. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (15558) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 29, 2012
Cask (?, Cambridge)
Simple sweet malty bitter. Unassuming on the nose. However, it positively comes alive in the mouth. Still sitting in the "boring brown bitter" style, but its so full and aromatic, I think that people who dont like this dont like beer. Soft palate, carbonation low. Lovely malty nutty finish. Very tasty bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HogTownHarry (6562) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2012
Handpull at Lamb and Flag. Clear amber-gold with a small frothy off-white head. Aroma is weak, grassy and slightly sweet. Taste is ... Light sweet grain, weedy and dishwatery. Light, still and a bit hash - finishes mercifully quick. Nah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (9369) - Down South, GERMANY - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle. Clear goden colour, mid-sized head. Shy malt and hop flavours, quite light and mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (20529) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2012
Cask at the Brewery Tap in West London. Labeled as Butcombe Original bitter. Pours clear brown with a fine, white cream head. Toasty and doughy bread in the nose with a few berries, too. Light to medium sweet flavor with some toasty sugars, wet wood and leaves, berries and light leather. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Decent condition. Lightly sweet to finish, lightly dry, faintly musty with dry and toasty bread, leathery fruits and toasted sugar. OK, but not great, just so were clear.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kermis (12485) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2012
Half pint from cask. Pours copper with a white head. Light citrus and hop aroma. Medium sweet, medium bitter flavour with some malt and bread. Thin to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Not bad but uninteresting. (offline rating from April 2012)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
trapped (2849) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 4, 2012
Cask tasted at Lamb & Flag, London on 19 May. Amber color, small foamy off-white head, doughy aroma, hoppy-bitter taste, low carbonation, long finish. A good bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (5205) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 25, 2012
Cant believe Ive never rated this! Pours dark brown with fluffy cream head and slightly sulphorous earthy hops and malt aroma. Clean and roudned mouthfeel of malt, some biscuit, dry hop bitterness in the finish. My benchmark bitter.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alenm (18) - Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
Slightly sulphurous nose, but this is not reflected in the taste. Some malt and hints of bitterness linger. Quite drinkable at this strength, but taste is unremarkable

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorgeLee (2012) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
Cask at the Adam. Mid copper coloured bitter. Taste has quite some malt, with a moderately bitter hop flavour and a brief finish. Nice enough session beer (which I tried, and it did work) but in the grand scheme of things dull.

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