Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 13, 2004
clear red-amber colour, almost no foam, decent hoppy nose showing some buttery and herbal notes, light-bodied, medium at best, very bitter, the finish is dry and flowery with lot of hoppy notes leaparsons (10554) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2006
Bottle. Clear amber with a big off-white foam. Aromas are toffee and caramel malts with nutty and metalic elements. Hops peppery spiciness. Flavours are sweet and fruity with smooth hints of smooth chocolate and caramel. Bitter citrus on the finish. Dry on the aftertaste. A very tasty bitter for its strength. berkshirejohn (6505) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2006
Bottle: pours a clear chestnut colour with a beige head which disappears quickly; full in the mouth with a nutty caramel flavour leading to a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. An excellent bitter for its strength. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2007
Bottle at The Jerusalem Tavern, copper/brown with a filmy head. Quite a malty aroma, but touches of hops that carries through musty honey. A light mouthfeel with a good hoppy bite and a light bitterness in the finish. Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2007
Amber of color with nice white head. An aroma of citrus, hops and raw malt. A flavor with lots of malt, citrus and a lovely bitter finish.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2007
500ml bottle - pours caramel/copper with almost no head except for a thin bubbly layer. Aroma is of apples, caramel, and fruity English hops. Delicate fruity flavour, with a lot of caramel in the body, finishing with a mildly bitter hoppiness. Quite refreshing, actually. Very low carbonation. Overall, a nice English ale, rather traditional and unsurprising, but I could certainly drink a lot of this fast. blankboy (7699) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear orange-amber with a small diminishing white head. Nice simple but pleasant aroma of caramel malt, Goldings, fruit and tea. Flavour’s the same: caramel malt, a good amount of Goldings hops, a bit of fruit and a dry, average bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. Like I said earlier, it’s simple and there’s nothing ground-breaking here but it’s a pleasurable, easy to drink Bitter -- nothing wrong with that. yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2008
500ml oval bottle 4.4% a/v (sticker on back, label says 3.7% a/v)
Pours beautiful, a nice, very slight murky, orange copper colour with a nice tan head which readily laces on the glass. The aroma is hay, grass, fresh hops and a hint of malt. The taste is great, cirtusy hoppy but well balanced with a nice malt and floral taste with some hints at darker bitter notes like dark chocolate.
Interesting balance, im not a fan of best bitters usually but this one is good. Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2009
(500ml Bottle) Mid amber orange with small white head. Malt, and citrus hop smell but not particularly strong. Taste was actually suprising, I was expecting bland 3.7 bitter but got a suprisingly hoppy and actually BITTER bitter, with a bitter finish. A little malt sweetness balanced it all out and left me with a very good ’best bitter;. A little citrus and toffee too. Drawback is overall straightforwardness of the beer, and that the texture was a little watery for my liking. Still good though! ladnewton (1964) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2010
Cask at the Southampton Arms, London NW5 on 1st March 2010. Copper with a vanishing white head. Soft malt aroma; very herby hop notes with scent of oregano and dill in the bouquet. These harmonising with a citric hoppiness to finish dry on a smooth to rather flat mouthfeel. While a negative attribute it was not enough to spoil a rather interestingly flavoured beer.