SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Served with nitrogen from a stout faucet at the brewpub. I was here to watch the US/Slovenia World Cup game, and barely pulled my mind away from the game enough to blurt out a name of a beer to the waiter when he came to our table. If I had noticed that this was a nitro beer, I definitely would have gone for another of their selections, but I couldn’t be bothered to look into that given the circumstances. Luckily the game ended before I finished my pint, so I was able to put some concentration into a decent rate. Overall, this is a solid take on the style of strong bitter (not best, which it is in reality too high in gravity to be) that you see sent over the pond in nitro kegs, albeit fresher (obviously) and significantly hoppier overall, though not to the point of feeling obviously American. It’s actually hard to say on that last point though, as those beers might be this hoppy on cask local to their respective breweries. The color is a medium-light amber with good clarity, topped by the typical creamy nitrogen-induced cap of foam that lasts until you take the last sip. I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to that... The aroma is predictable dull, given the nitro cap that always seems to kill aromatics, though there is a mild nutty maltiness that manages to come through. The flavor hits you up front with sweet, nutty malt and a touch of caramel. There is a nice english hop flavor that balances well and wraps it all up in a snappy, tangy finish and firm bitterness. Medium bodied with smooth, lower carbonation that almost goes without saying. This would definitely be a great esb on cask, but the nitro pretty much limits it in its current state. Hoppy, yet well balanced and malty at the same time. kwik-lime (2021) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2010
Not their best, in fact probably their-worst. Dull, John Smiths-esque nitro bitter with nothing to recommend about it. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Golden brown with a creamy white head. Sweet musty malt and citrus aroma and taste with a mildly astringent finish. Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2009
On tap. Clear amber golden with a creamy off-white nitro head leaving laces. Nutty aroma. Medium body, low in carbonation with light accents of nuts and roasted malt. Hardly any bitterness. 250709 yespr (47115) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2009
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden orange with a small, dense creamy and slight off-white head. Mild fruity and light sweet aroma. Mild caramelish and subdued fruity flavoured. Light bitter finish.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Pours amber with no head. Aromas of caramel but that’s about it. Slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth with a bitter finish. One dimensional.CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Earlier Rating: 11/16/2005 Total Score: 3
This was an interesting brew, I had never had a bitter on nitrogen before. Has that sweet caramel flavor but with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Fun to try but I wouldn’t get it again.
Had this on cast on tap. Nice rich amber color with floral aroma. I was expecting more hops, but was pleasantly surprised by the malty overtones. Nice mix and a decent beer. luvcasks (178) - USA - FEB 4, 2006
Review of the cask-conditioned best bitter
Aroma: Slightly floral seems to be Kent Goldng but not noticable for a cask-conditioned beer
Poured a deep copper with nice clean white head which dissipated quickly
Flavor: Malty flavors followed by a hint of spicy hop flavors... the hop bitterness seemed to have a little tea like characteristics
Palate: balanced beer with a creamy finish lingers long enough to pause....
Crit (4049) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2003
Deep copper with lasting tan head.Malt nose.Blended malt flavor with mild hops Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Nice, safe bitter. ..................................................