Brewed by Butcombe (Liberation Group)
Style: Bitter
Wrington, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask: Regular.
Butcombe Bitter was the brewery’s only beer until 1998, and only available in cask until 2009 when it was made available in the bottle to take advantage of increased sales after winning the Silver Medal at the 2009 Great British Beer Festival. Name change from Bitter to Original had occurred by 2017. Previously brewed at 3.9%.
Ingredients: Mendip Spring Water; 100% best Maris Otter Malt; a blend of (never divulged) traditional English hop varieties.
The West Country’s favourite beer is notably bitter, clean tasting, refreshingly dry, distinctive, and moreish!

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fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2006
Cask (handpump) at The Cottage Inn, Cannington TA5. No head, Good bitter after taste, Smooth on the palate with a malty aftertaste

yespr (48876) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2011
From cask. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small off-white to tan head. Aroma is mild fruity and light malty to caramelish. Bitter, dark malty and slight roasted caramelish. Bitter and dry malty finish.

Ungstrup (38867) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2011
Cask. An amber beer with a lazing orangey head. The aroma has notes of caramel and malt as well as a light note of nuts. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and caramel, as well as lighter notes of nuts and flowery hops, leading to a bitter finish.

joergen (29598) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Clear orange coloured with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma of hay and grass with skunky notes. Fruity flavour of caramel, grass and hops. Dry hoppy finish.

anders37 (27577) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2007
Cask @ The Gatehouse, Highgate, London. Pours a clear golden color with no head. Fruity and slightly malty aroma with some hoppy hints. Sweet malty hoppy flavor. Sweet malty finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2008
Cask at GBBF2007 (or some pub outside the festivaltime), found when going through old ratingnotebooks. Amber colour, with small off-white creamy head, that lasts for a while. Aroma is wood, mildly fruity along with some bready malts. Flavour is quite much the same, but the wooden bitterness is a bit stronger. Semi-dry finish.

cgarvieuk (26360) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 A deep copper coloured ale, A fairly starndard run of the mill sweet fruity bitter. its ok

Leighton (22773) - 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 we’re clear.

Rasmus40 (22128) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2013
Cask @ Parcel yard, London. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light hoppy. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet and light bitter finish. 061013

fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2008
<i>Cask Conditioned at The Glassblower, London, as Traditional Bitter</i>
Beautiful dark amber color, almost no head. Light aroma, maybe with light nuts. Dark caramel flavor, strong bitterness, even too strong at the end. Straightforward. Must be punished for the disturbing <i>burnt</i> malt aftertaste.

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