Brewed by Whittingtons
Style: Bitter
Newent, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
"A bright medium bodied bitter with a gentle sparkle and a good head that delivers a rich hop flavour to give a refreshing and full character glass of beer."

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 3, 2006
Poured from the bottle, a deep amber colour with a good foamy slightly off-white head and a little carbonation present. A roasted nutty malt aroma. Some of the natural carbonation comes through in the mouth, the head tasting quite bitter before the flavours of toasted malt come through. Quite moreish would be the best way to describe this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2006
Cask @ Reading 06: Amber with a nice white head and good lace too. Sweetish malty start with some mild fruits in the middle and finish. Dry lingering aftertaste. A nice bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17996) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2006
500ml bottle from Waitrose. New brewery for me. Copper thick white head. Exploded upon opening and poured with big chunks and big head. Bit musty/earthy bitter with some choc on end. Good to have a bottle conditioned UK ale cos its fuller in the mouth. Drinkable bitter, competent caramel/yeasty/hop. Fine, bit of wood smoke too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (5306) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
Bottled.Poured with a big head.Slightly cloudy with some bitterness.Left some sediment. A so so bottle conditioned bitter not really very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2006
Cask Stillage at Kings Meadow, Reading 03/05/2003 Mid brown coloured and very hoppy. Some fruit aroma. Lasting bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2006
Bottle.Light chestnut in colour,large head,aroma is floral with hops,taste is hoppy and citric,long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2006 A Mes rate: a5, a3, f5, p2, o12. 50 cl bottle from Waitrose. Bottle conditioned? I should hope so considering the size of the chunks that have just fallen into my glass. Dont for one minute think that is a makr of the quality of this beer however. Very hoppy all round, spritzy palate, more hops in the finish. That is about all really... A Re- Rate (22/06/06): a7, a3, f6, p3, o15 Standard English ale aroma but its much better than I originally thought. Creamy, hoppy and dusky. Without doubt the best head I have seen from an English beer. Flavour is smooth and very hoppy but not too floral and with those dusty hints you get in some English beers which usually I dont care for but here it works. Nice crisp and fresh hoppy finish. Much better than last time and I have had it a few times since and stand by my second rate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2005
Draught. Strong fruity nose with astringent characters that are borne out in the taste. No carb at all, and too sharp. The main redeeming quality is a decent hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
Cask condioned, GBBF 2005: Great acidic fruity aroma. Slightly sour flavour. Well-balanced beer with a hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (7228) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Bottle conditioned, 500 ml. A gift from chris_o, a very fine gift indeed! Thanks! Pours with an enormous and lingering foamy head, deep golden colour. Fairly clear till I disturbed the sediment in the end. Lovely hoppy aroma, "typically British" - at its best. Flavour is hoppy throughout on a nice malty background with some toffee notes, again "typically British". This is what John Smiths SHOULD have tasted like! Rerate, now available in Norway at Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Still a great beer! This time I also get some hints of smoke in the flavour, which does not make the beer any worse.

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