dynamiteninja (1889) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2011
Bottle. Cheap, around £1 or £1.25. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head with poor retention. Smells relatively cheap. Sugar, hops, malt, whiff of toffee, hint of banana, also some nuttiness coming through. Bittersweet with some cheap alcoholic burn. Oh so dry finish. Overly carbonated. The fizziness is actually prickly and harsh. If it remains at this level of quality, then Courage Best will not see a reversal in its downward sales trajectory. I presume the old timers drink it and try to remember how this used to taste. AleManTom (195) - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2011
Fairly boring bitter but quaffable all the same. Medium carbonation in a golden coloured ale, nice balance of malts and hops. Nothing awful but nothing special. Mad_Ferret (1025) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2011
Clear deep amber with a porous medium sized yellowed head that leaves a lot of lacings.
Fruity and malty sweet aroma with some toffee, apricots, oranges, marmalade, earthy hops, soap and cream.
Taste is slight sweet and fruity but still a bit dry with a soft dry bitterness. Nutty with orange & apricot marmalade.
Medium bodied with soft light carbonation.
Decent but boring.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 500ml bottle, drunk on 28 July 2011. A surprise "how had I missed that one before" rating. Actually hadn’t missed much. Looks fine enough - bright coppery amber with a thin white head. Mainly nutty malt aroma with a touch of paper. Not that much happening on the palate. Touch of sweetness in the malts here. A smattering of earthy hop. Nothing particularly unpleasant here but hardly inspiring. Had plenty of worse pasteurised, botled ordinary bitters though. oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2011
Bottled (Beers Of Europe). Amber colour, medium white head. Aroma is fruits, mild vegetables, some slight toasted notes as well as earth. Flavour is being quite similar. Rather watery and thin, though the elements are there.
swooper (1254) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2011
can, fine sweet malty aroma, amber to golden colour, clear, minimal terrible no head, light sweetness, medium bitterness, fein bitter taste average carbonation, bitter, average beer AndrewC (379) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2011
Very pale brown. Nice clean crisp bitter with a biscuity malt and and well balanced slightly lemon-meringue short lived hop. I was really surprised quite how much I enjoyed it. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
Bottled. A copper to gold coloured beer with an off-white head. Some grassy hops throughout with some fruits. A reasonable bittersweet balance and really easy to quaff. Plays very safe but hey ho. tommann (3944) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours amber with a medium head. Aroma is slightly spicy hops. Some bread in ther somewhere. Some spicy hops hops on the finish. Very watery. markas101 (2499) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2010
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK. Medium amber colour, thin head. Stale caramel aroma, sweet flavour that finishes sharp and slightly astringent.