overall
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style
Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Bitter
Horsham, England
Serve in English pint

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2013
Cask, Gilded Lily Carlisle. A good brown British beer! More malty than hoppy, but well bodied, full flavoured for 4% & a nice finish with just the faintest hint of chocolate and smoke.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (3225) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Cask at Akkurat. Pours dark mahogny with a small head. A rather light brew with some rosted malt and chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9592) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This cushy ESBs floral hops envelop light crme brle allusions, as delicate apricots are greeted by bitter resins and a biscuit-y undertow.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the glistening bronze.
-If you think a Bitter cannot be complex, please try this one. You might reconsider.
-The mouthfeel is suuuuper silky.
-Malts are also a tad caramel-like.
-Another engaging brew from Dark Star!

On cask at Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2457) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2013
Cask in the Kings Head. Colour is rich brown, clear with a white fluffy foam head. Nose is malty, chocolatey, nutty, toffee, slight herbal hop. Taste is a brown bitter with brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, English hops, ale fruit. Style is standard but its a good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 9, 2013
Cask Real Ale tasted at Angleterre. Mild nose of lemon. Pale thin head. Slightly hazy pale copper color. Hoppy and malty dry taste. Average hops. A tasty nice colored beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (5076) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2013
Cask by handpump at Henglers Circus, Glasgow - clear orange brown, thin white head, excellent lacing, caramel, bit of fruit, creamy malty, bittersweet, prolonged malty aftertaste

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (8173) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 19, 2013
Cask @ St. Urhos Pub
Aroma is quite light with cocoa and nuts. Flavour is a bit odd with berries, toffee, hints of mint and nuts. Also some caramel character exists. Palate is a bit light. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (3025) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2013
Cask @ Akkurat. Pours brown-orange with a small white head. Smells herbal hops. Taste has got a complex and nice maltprofile and a touch of herbal hops. Notes of honey, chocolate and orange cest. Medium bitterness. Short aftertaste. Light bodied. Overall: very drinkable and nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (3540) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2013
On tap @ Craft Beer, Islington. Amber with a small white head. Malty with hoppy notes. Malt, fruit and hops. Medium to light body with a nice, bitter sweet finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (6716) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 19, 2013
Cask @ St. Urhos Pub

Pours clear golden with a small head. Aroma of crisp grassy notes, hints of malts and bread. Taste is malty, slightly bready and grassy. Finish is sweetish and slightly bitter. Okay, quite generic bitter.


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