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Beast Bitter - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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225 Ratings

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 20
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 09-24-2001)
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Photo of Brendog9
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Newport Storm balloon glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

Burnt orange body with a vibrant white head.

The aroma is hard to place. It smells like a scotch ale with the faintest hint of hops poking through.

Very malty with hints of caramel. The hops make an appearance on the back of the tongue.

Overall, very enjoyable. I would drink this again.

Brendog9, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Zachtheporter, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of prisdefer
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

prisdefer, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

nyyfanatic213, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +9%

zekeman17, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of csustar001
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

csustar001, May 16, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
Photo of CoreyClark
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

CoreyClark, May 15, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark orange with a thin, soft, white head that fades to a very thin lacing quickly

S - citrusy, fruity, faint caramel

T - citrusy, fruity, very faint toast, faintly piny, good bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, refreshing ESB. It has a nice estery, citrusy-hop character as well as a solid hoppy, bitter finish. The flavor isn't as full as I would like, but this definitely has a solid flavor profile and tremendous drinkability. This is definitely worth a try if you'd like something refreshing and sessionable.

tdm168, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. Oooh, a beastly bitter? Or a beastly dud?

Sweet and buttery malt greet the nose. Hop aroma is right where it should be as well. Smells promising.

The sweetness is still there but it's immediately enveloped by a decent touch of hop bitterness. Malt like buttered bread and you have a pretty damn solid beer as-is.

Carbonation is very well done. Without it, this would be an incredibly weak bitter.

I like it even if I'm not the biggest fan of the style. Check it out.

Brad007, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev +2.6%

polloenfuego, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +9%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Jspriest, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Eweimer1
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Eweimer1, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of thebuck
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

thebuck, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

SLeffler27, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of halo913
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

halo913, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doing what they do best- the Middle Ages brewery can hang their hats on anything English. While missing the mark slightly on minor nuances of ESB, the beer reasonably captures the essence of the style with unwavering committal.

Pouring a honey-amber hue, the beer's mild haze is a testament to it's non-filtered character. Its ample carbonation yields a billowing slight yellowish head with rock-solid staying power and clumped lace. It's a fantastic looking ale that's on par with most well made ales.

Biscuit, light caramel, dry nutty notes, and sharp hops shape the impressions to the nose with authentic English ale aroma. Apricot fruit, apples, and peach are fruity complements from yeast and gives a richer impression to the malt influence.

Flavors seem sweeter and fruitier with notions of caramel soaked fruits, but take a sudden dive into dry nutty taste and earthy wood flavor to balance at middle palate. Its balance is impeccable as the taste of damp sod and wood leads to a broad and spicy bitterness to balance the semi-dry malt taste. Finishing with a mostly earthen bitterness but waivering malt sweetness, the beer closes mostly clean with a short linger of barley and spice.

Medium bodied, the beer's biscuity textures carry an inherent sweetness that's slow but steady to recede. As it does so, the hop dryness, moderate alcohol warmth, and grain attributes gain command in finish for a semi-dry taste and texture that frame the final impressions.

Though this ESB doesn't have the masculine complexities and authentic nutty malt taste of Fuller's ESB, the taste and simplicity of American specialty malts and restrained yeast character keeps its palate a little short and simple.

BEERchitect, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of fx20736
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Nonic, served at fridge temp.

Hazy Apricot with a thinnish, offwhite head.

Aroma is very fruity; especially Apricots and Golden Raisins. Maybe some malt.

Mouthfeel is full with prickly carbonation.

taste; malty, fruity with some herbal Hop sting.

Notes; Looks fine, smells great, tastes pretty good. This is a fine little beer and priced right.

fx20736, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of xgoodyx
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

xgoodyx, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +2.6%

loupap, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
5/5  rDev +28.2%

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +9%

ABokononist, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Bowersm
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Bowersm, Jul 11, 2012
Beast Bitter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.