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

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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   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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3.7
justm (165) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Cask at Tap East. Pours a golden brown with a creamy off-white head. Malty applewood notes on the nose belie a sharp malty bitterness on the palate. Little stabs of pear sweetness on the back of the tongue and the roof of the mouth leave behind a really fresh semi-dry aftertaste like a golden sunset. Delicious and very moreish.

2.9
suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Amber colored, almost copper, pour. Small off-white head. Little bit of lacing. Malty aroma with a bit of hoppyness. Nice hop bitterness up front with some diacetyl notes. Finishes sweet with a slight bitterness.

3.6
Mortlach (2536) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 1, 2012
Brasserie 4:20 (cask). Spillata a pompa. Ambrata carica, molto intensa, un poco torbida, con schiuma biancastra poco persistente. Aroma leggermente fruttato, con luppolo ben in evidenza, note di malto caramellato e una punta acidula. In bocca è piuttosto morbida, ma la luppolatura si fa comunque ben sentire, lievi sentori di lievito nel finale. Corpo medio, carbonazione soft. Una discreta bitter ale, forse non la migliore di questo birrificio, ma perfetta come session beer.

3
rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer, London. Amber/copper beer with a small head. Fruity aroma with hop notes. Fruity flavor, hoppy, citrus, some metal. Balanced hop finish.

3.2
leaparsons (10906) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2012
Cask, The Pub, Leicester. Amber with an off-white head. Aromas are weetabix malts with some nuttiness. Tea with some floral notes and light spices. Flavours are dry tea with weetabix and some tart lemon. Yeasty with some leafy and woody notes. Peppery and dry to finish. Pretty decent.

3.2
sm89walt (2092) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2011
Cask - The Fat Cat, Norwich. Poured a clear golden amber with a fine, bubbly & lasting white head. Earth, yeast, mid fruits, sulphur & a toastiness on the nose. Mid fruits, some good tangerine, nice earthy, grassy EKG, toasted malt & a soft citrus note at the back. Light to medium body, delicate carbonation, soft though lingering bitterness in the finish.

3.4
Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Cask at the Wandsworth Common Beer Festival, 25th March 2011. Orangey colour, hint of head. Decent English best bitter with interesting side flavours and a hoppy finish. Quite grainy nose. Nice (but I’d expect no less from Dark Star!)

4
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2011
[cask at Cloisters Bar, Edinburgh] Ruddy, nut brown bitter with a decent white head. Aromas of walnuts, malt and leathery earth. Lovely bitter flavour – slightly sweet, but with that hop edge to complement perfectly. Fruity as well, smooth caramel too. Liking it so much, I stayed on this the whole night – which for a RateBeerian, is the highest praise you can give [04112011]

3.3
Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2011
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a dark golden colour with a fair white head. Aroma is a little smoky with caramel, barley and yeast. Similar flavours with a little smoke again. Mild carbonation and light CO2 prickle. OK.

2.8
Scopey (16548) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2011
Cask at Dean Swift. It pours deep amber, with a thick, bubbly off-white head. The nose is quite subtle notes of wood, malt, dust, smoke and nut. The taste is wood, dust, leather, malt, dried fruit, nut and a bit of orange pith, with a dry finish. Lightish body and soft carbonation. Ok, but nothing special.


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