RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Also known as Best Bitter, this is a classic medium bodied ale with exceptional drinkability balanced with English hops and malt with a dry finish.

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JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2012
pours a golden copper. Nose and taste is subdued and fairly generic. I don’t claim to be an expert on the style, but not something I would specifically seek out to try again.

JoeMcPhee (10221) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2009
As SOB. Tap at the Clybourne location. Hazy amber pour. Sticky white head. The nose is great. Very authentic orange peel hoppiness with a touch of woody spiciness and a fresh fruity yeastiness. Sweet and peachy/berryish estery finish. Lots of fresh, crackery Maris Otter malts with a soft moderate bitterness. Very light astringency. Very nice bitter.

holdenn (2117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2009
On cask at DOLA 09. Pours orange with a white head. Aromas of light sweet malts. Light malt flavors of caramel and toasted malts that are slightly bitter. Not bad.

kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Cask at Clybourn. Bright red amber with a bubbly wispy off white head. Aroma is super caramelly sweet. Caramel present is the flavor, but predominantly dry. Finish is bitter very dry. Very thin lacking body, not bad cask offering.

NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 Cask at Clybourn. Not the best bitter they’ve produced, but certainly grew on me as it went along. English hops are a whole different animal, but the toasty English malts definitely support them well. Poured a nice almost red with a fluffy head that disappeared into a thin ring. Nose is malty and a touch of EKG. Taste is floral and fruity, giving way to soft malts. Pretty tasty as it wore on, though definitely a touch sweeter than I would have anticipated. Nice though.

User29624 (1687) - - MAR 8, 2009
Cask @ Day of the Living Ales. Pours dark gold with thin white head. Light aroma, slight hops, little malt. Decent bitter.

dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2009
apple juice colored, no head, hint of lace. nose of musty malt. flavor is earthy, malty, with hoppy notes. medium body, bitter finish. not bad, drinkable. sampled at day of the living ales, 2009.

drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2008
on cask at GI LPB. pours hazed amber with white head. nose is bready, wet grain. flavor is bready, nutty, creamy mouth feel, decent bitter.

fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2007
A lingering bitterness in the one. Malty and a littly fruity. The hop flavor is nice and subdued as it should be, but the bitterness is harsh.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Special (Best) Bitter
Date: 10/15/1998
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

opaque orange, thin frothy head, thick lace, soft hop aroma with slightly sweet citrus hints, big body, mild malt flavor followed by a short hop assult then light lingering bitterness that gets downright abuseive as lt warms

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Score: **4
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