Doom Bar Bitter - Sharp's Brewery

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2005

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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 35
Photo of jmckenna15
1.77/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

It had a great color of a cask ale, maroon, transparent, but not watery, decent head. I was looking forward to it, but when i drank it....it had almost no flavor whatsoever. It was watery, had no real personality, reminded me of dishwater almost. Should've gotten a Stella instead.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can't get my head round this bitter. I have now tried it in three different pubs and it hasn't got any better than when I first had it.

This last pint (well I had 2 actually) was pulled at a remote Shropshire pub on my way to The Seven Valley Railway CAMRA beerfestival.

True amber in colour, with a good white head, the beer looks fine.

The aroma to me has always been caramel and hops, these two pints were no change.

The beer just doesn't taste right to me, too sweet, especially in the aftertaste. it has an almost sickly smooth feel to it, very strange for an English bitter.

Photo of Trizzle
2.72/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Apparently one of the most popular bitters in the uk.

Golden Amber, clear with minimal head that disappears quickly.

Nice subtle hint of brown sugar and cigar smoke. Not a lot here.

Flavour is dry up front, phenolic sweet and a touch cloying through the middle. Finishes tart and a touch sweet. Not offensive, not real real crash hot either.

Malt is thin, carb is non existent. Quite astringent.

Sweetish, thin and flat so easy to slam if you're into that. May explain it's popularity.

Photo of interzen
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle served into a standard nonic pint glass.

Look: A sort of dirty, coppery colour prior to pouring (ships in a clear bottle, which is fairly rare for well-known reasons). Loose, slightly tan head which fizzles out to a foam cap fairly quickly.

Smell: Malt and diacetyl - there's definitely a buttery vibe to this which, whilst not necessarily unpleasant, is definitely there.. The bottle tasting notes proclaim "an enticing aroma of resinous hop, sweet malt and delicate roasted notes". I'm getting one of those and that's about it.

Taste: Malt, butter and a cursory trace of bitterness in the finish. I'm inclined to go with others when I say that this feels more like a lager than a bitter.

Feel: Slightly insipid - not an excessive amount of carbonation but otherwise it's pretty boring. Small amount of bitterness in the aftertaste, but nothing to shout about.

Overall: This is another fairly ubiquitous brew locally and one of the few bitters I've found in clear bottles - I'm wondering whether or not this is a factor in the excessive amount of diacetyl flavours I noticed, because this beer really doesn't do much for me out of the bottle. Draught might be a different matter (less chance of being light-struck, for a start) so there may be a case for having this on draught and re-reviewing. All in all, disappointing.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Presentation - Served into a pint glass from a clear glass 500ml bottle. I always fear the beer in a clear bottle!

Appearance - Dirty amber coloration like muddy water, skinny head that dies quickly to lace and does not stick to the glass.

Smell - smells very grainy with barley malt and little else.

Taste - This beer is grainy and malty in taste as well as smell. for a bitter this beer tastes oddly like a lager. That is not a good thing and means the beer is completely off style.

MF - Cloying but has no aftertaste.

Overall - This beer seems to be everywhere now. I have had great experiences with the brewery's other beers but this one was a complete let down. The smell and taste are closer to lager than anything else and the mouth feel is plain annoying, but the actual taste is not too bad if you just imagine you are drinking a lager

Photo of gnikola
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light and drinkable bitter. Looks great. Tastes a little boring.

Photo of MAB
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer lacks any defining characteristics. If it was pulled one way, towards bitterness, or maltiness, then it would have succeeded better than it does.
Looks like any old pale ale.
Not much aroma at all.
Sweetness VERY slightly overbalances the bitterness.
Carbonation is low; appropriate to style is the best that I can say about it.
The most average beer that I've ever rated on this site!

Photo of fullsweep
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL clear bottle poured into a pint glass.

I have to say, I largely agree with MAB below. Having said that . . .

A: copper-rust in colour, a bit of fizz, low amount of head and lacing

S: grainy with a moderate amount of sweetness, sourness in the nose

T: a very moderate beer in all directions, there is nothing that draws attention to this other than it's inherent mellowness, but even then there are much smoother/mellower English blonde ales

M: mildly carbonated

O: wouldn't turn it down, but wouldn't seek out a bottle of it. Would like to see how the cask version varies.

Photo of Malt_Man
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of charlatan
3.09/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of flyingpig
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of stcules
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of justme
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From cask in olde London pub. Lots of fun.

Photo of jonb5
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of rizzo
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of heygeebee
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of djura
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
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 bubbless.
S - Caramalt with some cherry like fruit.
T/M - Bitter finish, burned sugar, some sweetnes. Medium carbonation.

O - A bit aromatic, too much carbonated. Average.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of soju6
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Doom Bar Bitter from Sharp's Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.