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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harrisoni (18796) - 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

saxo (18738) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2012
Tap @ Craft Beer Co. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are malt, caramel, fruits and hops.

Oakes (17813) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2014
Slightly hazy amber. Biscuity amber malt character. Mellow hop - the least hoppy Dark Star I’ve had probably. Good character w subtle earthiness. Might benefit from a more expressive yeast but it’s a nice beer.

TBone (17675) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 27, 2017
Cask at Beer Hunters, Pori. Nut brown color, small steady off-white head. Nutty nose with light spicey hops. Light-bodied. Flavour is also nutty malty with good woody-earthy hops in the aftertaste. Hints of chocolate but not so much sweetness in the flavor. Even hints of sourness mentioned in the previous rating. Easy but reasonably hoppy

FatPhil (16345) - 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.

Scopey (14945) - 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.

imdownthepub (14743) - 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.

HenrikSoegaard (14212) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
Cask. Frothy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter dry flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.

kermis (13657) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer Company, Clerkenwell. Pours clear dark golden with a white head. Aroma of butter, malt, toffe and fudge. Flavour is light to moderate sweet and bitter. Light bodied with soft carbonation.

Stuu666 (13604) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 3, 2014
Cask at the Hanging Bat. Pours amber, nose is peach and toffee, taste is bitter and fruity.

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