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Doom Bar Bitter - Sharp's Brewery

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 135
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Sharp's Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2005

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Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant surprise! Poured with a small light tan to cream colored head with lots of lace. Color is a very clear medium amber. Aroma is woody, leather, hoppy, a little malt, and earthy. Flavor's similar to aroma and with richer malt plus a good malt sweetness to hop bitterness balance. Great British hop character. Very good beer. Excellent finish. Clean. Definitely a session. (377 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had in the Victoria Arms pub, Brentwood, Essex, UK recently.

Pours with a nice head, into a regular pint glass.

Smell is nice, more malty than hoppy, how a bitter should be.

Tastes perfect for a bitter, not strong, very well balanced and extremely drinkable.

This is a true british session beer. (300 characters)

Photo of Daredevil
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a CAMRA beer of the year (2004) award is promising, but also raises the bar of expectations .... but this brew doesn't need to hide itself... medium bodied but fully flavored and balanced, resinous spices overshadowed by a palate of succulent dried figs and mangos ... great cornish ale .... (291 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Station Inn, Whitby... pint served at cellar temperature...

Poured a light coppery orange colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and foamy then faded to light layer... light lacing

Aroma - Light caramel malts, nice biscuity notes, fruity (oranges, apples, light figs), buttery, light nuttiness, some light fruity hops, faint rubberiness...

Taste - Nice spicy and herbal hop bitterness, light biscuity and caramel malts, grassy, some grapefruit notes, citrus fruits, light saltiness..

Feel - Quite smooth initially but with a little sharpness underneath. Light bodied. Pretty drinkable - would make a pretty good session beer...

Overall - A pretty good beer... nothing ground breaking but very drinkable... worth a try... (751 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On cask, pulled into an imperial pint glass. Nice mild, pleasant aroma and flavor. Amber colored, bready flavor, good balance. Easy to drink, fairly tasty. (156 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thin white head. Head thins to a wisp, but leaves lacing.

The smell is of buttered biscuit with tea leaf, slight orange. It has a pleasantly inviting aroma.

The taste is of buttered biscuit with some sweetness and a touch of herbal bitterness and slightly orange-y tartness in the finish.

It is velvety smooth and pleasant. (345 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Shipwrights Arms

A_Burnt copper with a nice creamy off cream head. Nice lacing.

S__light mineral notes up front followed by a nice vegetal hop aroma

T_Solid bread like character upon first sip leading to a slow growing bitterness. Notes of grass and a copper.

M_Smooth and slightly creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation for a cask ale.

O_I have had a few of these here and I have enjoyed them quite a bit. A nice easy drinking ale with a lot of flavor. (479 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It made 2 fingers of head that vanished quickly. Predominant malty aroma with hints of herbal hops.
Low carbonation with small bubbles.
Flavorful and refreshing taste. Sweet malt with a hint of spices and caramel. Not so bitter. Fast finish with oranges and mild dry. Good smooth beer. (285 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is wood, dark grains and a little plum.
The taste is wood, mild fruit and lemon bitterness.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
Enjoyable. (202 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this beer alongside Sharp's Cornish Coaster at the Pakenham Arms pub on Calthorpe St., London.

A: light amber hued, with great clarity, a nice thin foamy head leaving very tight lacing along the way. Very low carbonated.
S: lightly apple-ish aromatic and earthy hoppyness with a touch of hay, in fact the nose is blocked by the hoppy entry and couldn't pick up any assertive maltiness. But the pronounced hoppyness is kept to a simplistic level and not overdone.
T: citrusy hoppyness (lemon peel) on the palate, on top of slightly biscuity malts--more citrusy+tannic characters to follow, like orange seeds, with a vinous touch as well, leading to an herbal hoppyness in the good lingering deep bitter finish.
M&D: light-bodied and very lively-textured. It's a easy-drinking standard bitter that is not to excite but to quench one's thirst. Good quality though. (874 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handpump halfpint at the Volunteer.

A: Clear, dark amber body with a 1/2" head of creamy off-white foam. Nice retention and lacing. Attractive ale.

S: Piney, herbal, and aromatic, with good interplay of hops and biscuity malt. Good intensity, but also good balance.

T: Biscuity malt dominates here, with the grassy, herbal hops taking a (far) back seat. Smooth, but not as complex as the aroma promised.

M: Smooth and soft with low, understated carbonation. Pleasant.

O: This beer was on cask seemingly everywhere in London, and it's just about as boring and crowd-pleasing as that fact suggests. I wish the hops had been as prominent in the flavor as they were in the aroma, but sweetness aside this was a thoroughly decent, drinkable session beer. Worth trying.

Cheers! (777 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/19/10 notes. Had on cask at The Wellington in London.

a - Pours an amber color with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of grain, bready malts, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes bitter, and of caramel and bready malts.

m - Medium body and no carbonation.

d - A nice ESB I was glad I got to try. Pretty generic overall but enjoyable. Would drink again. (358 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark hazy amber beer, an off-white head, leaving good lacing.

The smell is rather weak, mainly some grass notes, fresh and dry, from the hops.

The taste is from sweet bread, green apples accompanied by a good bitterness.

Low carbonation, soft with small bubbles, a dry finish.

Good taste and refreshing, i.e. a good beer. On-tap at The Porcupine at Charing Cross Rd. (372 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Served a dark amber with a nice head and lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with fresh grain mixed in. Smells inviting.

T: Has a nice bitterness with some malt sweetness. Finish is quite dry with just a touch of bitterness.

F: Light body, smooth and refreshing.

O: Good session beer. Not overwhelming but was well worth trying. (328 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Lucky Shag in Perth.

Pours a deep, slighty hazed bronze colour, with a off-which but creamy English head. Beautiful lace forms as this collapses. Looks good.

Nose is quite mild, with a touch of earthy organic English hops and some deep, hidden but relatively sweet malt and a touch of minerals. Nice enough. Mild, but nice.

Taste is also smooth and mild without ever offering much more than that. Bit of malt sweetness coming through but very minimal body and an earthy finish. Feel is exceptionally thin for what it is.

It's drinkable enough, and decent enough. Not huge, but smooth and quaffable. (616 characters)

Photo of djura
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 0,5 l

A - Amber, white foam, stay for minute. Few bubbles.
S - Caramalt with some cherry like fruit.
T/M - Bitter finish, burned sugar, some sweetness. Medium carbonation.

O - A bit aromatic, too much carbonated. Average. (230 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From IBS. no BB

An atypical review.... In that this beer is without doubt initially has the least flavour of any beer that I have drunk recently. Light malts only on nose and on palate. However, it is also the first bitter out of a bottle that has just the right mouthfeel for a bitter a la off the hand pump.

So all in all a very mixed bag, however, you could truly drink it all night.

Jury out, go figure, in terms of a numbers review. (440 characters)

Photo of rizzo
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like the Cornish Coaster, I really enjoyed this one from Sharp's. Had this out of a gravity fed cask at the Bree Louise near Euston Station. Dark amber in colour, with plenty of resinous hop aroma and flavour. Big malt backing and full mouth feel. It being a rare sunny day in London and the beer a little warmer than an Aussie is use to, I found the 4% alcohol less drinkable than some of the other Ales I sampled. (415 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint, dark brown mahogany colour, hazy. No head. Had a sweet wheaty smell. Some kentish or sussex hops.Tasted very slightly of cherries. Medium bitter, not too sweet. Medium mouthfull, no real fiz decent bitter to session, but not complex. Overall good. (253 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Darkish amber red colour with a pinky sized, bubbly white head that stays consistent throughout.

A light mix of malts, toffee and bread. Not really much depth to this one but it's not offensive either.

Malts to begin with, there is a little spice in there too and a hint of caramel. There is some fruit too and a little bread. Again the taste is pretty basic and very much like a typical English bitter.

Smooth and slightly sweet with a touch of spice. The carbonation levels are medium and the finish is a slightly dry one.

A basic English bitter here and nothing to get particularly exciting about it. It was an easy drink to consume and goes down well despite being a little plain. (688 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light copper colour, with a finger of white fluffy foam, creamy (as in English pump do).
In the nose affects the hop with earthy notes and orange marmalade (perhaps a bit of salty taste), and then something that reminds the redcurrants and the resin feel.
In the mouth the taste is full and sweet (perhaps too), with an earthy hops, and with hints of hazelnut and orange (always jam), perhaps too direct and sharp. In the long run is not as soft as it may seem at first sip.
The aftertaste (rather short) has hints of orange and hazelnut on a malty basis perhaps too pushy, but overall enjoyable.
In the long run could become a little heavy, so to avoid on summer days, but interesting at other times. (710 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Crown, Victoria Park, London.

Pours dark orange with some white lace. Nutty nose. Apple malts with twig and tea leaf hops. Medium with some stickiness.

A plain old pint of bitter; no trouble to sip but nothing to go out of your way for. (254 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From cask at Heathrow. Pours a mostly clear darker amber color with white head. Caramel malts and cereal grains on the nose with just a little grass; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little bitterness and some malt balance. (231 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer which seems to have become ubiquitous in the last couple of years. Pours from 500ml bottle a dark amber colour with minimal head (or maybe that was down to a poor pour). The nose is malty, brown sugar, toffee and carrot. Tangy beer with a fruity start becoming sweeter and a rather metallic finish. Definitely malt dominated and less salty than I recall the cask version being. Not unpleasant but could do with more assertive hops. (436 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served cold from clear 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

A) Medium copper colour, half an inch of white head that disappears quickly.

S) Served cold, so not getting much.

T) Pretty weak flavours. Light caramel malt, light fragrant hops. No aftertaste, which is a bad thing for beer in my opinion.

M) Moderately carbonated and fairly thin, typical of the style.

O) Not as good as I remember it from drinking previously. Will buy it again, maybe this is an off batch or drinking it cold is muting the flavours. (519 characters)

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Doom Bar Bitter from Sharp's Brewery
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