Brewed by Dark Star (Fullers)
Style: Bitter
Horsham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular.
A Best Bitter brewed in a traditional Sussex style using Maris Otter, Crystal and Chocolate malts with East Kent Golding hops. Typical of Dark Star ales, the Best Bitter relies on the heavy handed addition of aromatic hops late in the boil.

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chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2011
Cask (gravity dispense) at Wandsworth Common Beer Festival @ Le Gothique on 25 March 2011. A reworking of the previous Best Bitter (which had itself departed some way form the original version) named after Dark Star’s new pub close to the brewery. Although badged as a "best bitter" it’s really more in "ordinary" bitter territory. Quite traditional in style with tangy, hops, dry malt and moderate bitterness. Not one of Dark Star’s more exciting brews, but that’s not the intention. A solid, drinkable, straightforward bitter.

Sigmund (8111) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2011
Cask at The Harp, London, as Dark Star Partridge Best Bitter. Amber to copper colour, low white head. Minimal aroma, some malts and nuts. The flavour is malty but not very sweet, with a fruity and slightly acidic finish, some bitterness.

downender (9065) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Euston Tap, London 17/3/2011. Deep gold with a white head. Aroma of stone fruits and caramel. Flavour was sweetish, with plenty of fruit and a decent bitter finish. Ok.

mjs (7815) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2011
(Cask at Angleterre, Helsinki, 2011-03-14) The beer poured amber and clear. Its head was long lasting, white and small. Aroma had malts, hops and mildly toffee. Palate was medium bodied with lowish carbonation. Flavours were malts, toffee, hops, mildly fruitiness, biscuits, bitterness and hint of home brew. Aftertaste was bitter. A tasty bitter but not anything special.

Leighton (23126) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2011
Cask at the Euston Tap. Clear, rich gold pour with a foamy head. Toast, leafy hops, faint caramel aroma. Flavor is lightly sweet with crispy bread, leaves, some mild citric bitterness. Light bodied with average carbonation. Leafy and herbal hop finish, clings to the throat, some light malts, toast and straw. Nice beer, well balanced and layered.

imdownthepub (15669) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2011
Cask conditioned at The Anchor, Birmingham. Amber with white head. This has good roasty notes in the body of the beer giving depth and initial flavour, the Chocolate malts adding interest, then a leafy, flowery hop flavour giving bitterness and a lasting dryness. A very decent session type beer which is just to my taste also having the benefit of being served by a rather attractive bar girl. Great stuff.

FatPhil (17513) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2011
Cask (Live&Let Live, Cambridge)
6 Very caramelly malty aroma. Low on hops. Dark Star, Dark Star, why hast thou forsaken me?
4 Rich orange, sticky head.
6+ Fairly sticky mash base, some hukiness, a little nuttiness.
3+ Soft palate, carbonation low. Slightly grainy finish, with a gentle earthy bitterness.
13 Passable bitter, but a little old fashioned.

maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2011
Cask Conditioned handpump The Harp London. A light amber coloured beer with a white head and lacing. A slightly sulphorous yeasty bitter. Pretty ordinary with only some late fruit to lift it from the ordinary. Perfectly quaffable though.

harrisoni (19754) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2011
On cask air pressure dispense. Brown gold colour clear with a thick cream head. Touch of diacetyl on aroma. Some bitterness on finish. Poor diacetyl flavour but great mouthfeel and decent hop on finish

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