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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mR_fr0g (13158) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Cask gravity at the Watford beer fest 2015. Mid amber coloured pour with a small off white head. Aroma is dirty nutty malts, light raisin, some English yeast esters, hint if caramel. Flavour is composed of light nutty caramel, dried fruits, cakey. Palate is semi sweet, lowish carbonation, bit dull.

Camons (13016) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2013
Cask @ CASK Pub & Kitchen, London. Pours amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts, grass. Flavor is malt, caramel, grass. Medium body, soft carbonation. 160913

Desverger (12538) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2013
([email protected] Station Hotel, SE London) An amber/brown in colour with a medium white head, medium body. Aroma/taste is caramel mineral malt, with slight fruit undertones. Medium sweet initially with a bitter hoppy finish. Good stuff.

allmyvinyl (10929) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2014
Cask at The Hanging Bat. Pours clear amber, huge white head. Aromas of apples, stone fruit, caramel. Taste is sweet, more light fruit. Sticky finish. OK.

ManVsBeer (10927) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2016
Cask @ Cafe Beermoth, Manchester. Deep glowing amber with a very thin head. Feels stronger than it is with a light malty base.

leaparsons (10696) - 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.

MartinT (10037) - 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.

jmgreenuk (9861) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 28, 2012
Draft at the Craft Beer Company, Clerkenwell. Poured a nice reddish brown with a glass hugging white head. The aroma is hugely caramel and very pleasurable. However the flavour was a little sour, watery and not particularly tasty. I would not order another.

JoeMcPhee (9516) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
Cask at Dean Swift. Deep amber pour with a little bit of light smoke. Distinct peat smoke character although the palate is fairly light-bodied. A little bit of fruit and some toasted malt character. Not roasty, but a touch of fruit. Pretty nice brew - quite unique really. Slightly astringent.

downender (8774) - 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.

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