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


on tap

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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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Kavu (4783) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2013
Half pint on tap @ Migration 2013. Pours clear light brown with no head. Aroma is malts with some fruits. Flavor is malts and fruits with a slightly hoppy finish. Not bad!

MalcolmTucker (924) - SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2013
Cask. A standard UK style bitter with a substantial amount of caramel malt.

Tide (3887) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2013
Draught at bar. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with caramel, citrus, hops, toast and a bit of fruits. Bitter finish with citrus, caramel and a bit of roasted malts. Excellent real ale.

berkshirejohn (6497) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2013
Cask at the Bird-in-Hand, Knowl Hill. Light copper in colour with a tight white head; fruity malt aroma; soft and fruity in the mouth with some burnt caramel and fruity hops giving a gentle but sustained bitterness and a lingering grassy caramel finish.

meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2013
Tap@FyneAlesFest. Malty aroma. Amber colour, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, malty, light bitter, light bitter. Medium body, light sticky. Bit too sweet, flavourful.

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This cushy ESB’s floral hops envelop light crème brûlée 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.

mr_h (5476) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2013
Cask by handpump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - clear orange brown, thin white head, excellent lacing, caramel, bit of fruit, creamy malty, bittersweet, prolonged malty aftertaste

thomat (3858) - Göteborg, 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.

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.

EdKing (2584) - 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 it’s a good beer.

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