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Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter) - Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited

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11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 06-15-2003

Renamed in 2012 from "Best Bitter" to "Boltmaker".

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Photo of FirstHomeAgain
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As a long time fan of TT's Landlord, I wasted no time getting down to the nearest Tesco when I heard they'd secured exclusive distribution of this new bottled and renamed version of the brewer's best bitter.

Being the "newly crowned CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain" means nothing to me, I've seen and heard it all before. Given the generally poor quality of many beers here in Britain expectations were not too high. I know from experience that TT (like many brewers) have an apparent problem with quality control if the bottled version of Landlord is anything to go by.

Thankfully, Boltmaker was one bottled beer that was not going down the sinkhole. The hops nailed it right from the get-go... English bitter as it should be leaving a lasting bite and tang in the mouth. Certainly not the non-descript swill which forms the bulk of 'beer' on the supermarket shop shelves. The bitterness dominates, perhaps a bit too much with not quite enough underlying complexity... thinking woody, nutty, caramel undertones etc that characterise traditional English bitter. Nonetheless, a beer to put the balls back into bottled ale.

I'd been relying on Coniston's Bluebird, Slater's Premium and Mordue's Workie Ticket for bottled bitter. This may just replace all three if the quality can be relied on.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Solid amber colour with ample streaming CO2 that helps support an impressive head of tight foam with what can only be described as amazing retention. This beer looks classy elegant even.

Smell - The aroma of burnt caramel (And I mean that in a good way) is very evident. there is also some mild chocolate toffee and a little light prune and raisin in the mix here. The hop is mild to subdued in the aroma rather than assertive.

Taste - Bitter pine and coffee hop suddenly assert themselves in the mix here helping to balance out the sweet burnt brown sugar/caramel malts. There was also a tiny hint of sulphur in the burnt elements of the taste but this did not range towards the egg end of the scale more the spent match head side of things. Finally this beer supported some fabulous wine like elements rich grape flavours come through with the same perfect bitter sweet balance you would expect from a perfect well made red.

MF - The finish is suitably drying and the linger is fantastic. There is also a full bodied and creamy drinking experience that to me is very pleasing.

Overall - A good beer with an exceptional malt hop balance that is very drinkable and is one of the best I have had in the style. I like this beer very much and not just because I share a name with it...

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.7/5  rDev -10%

A: Almost rosé in colour.
T: White bread, biscuits and a slight nuttiness balanced with some English hops. Pretty creamy. Dry, with no caramel character. Mild citrus in the finish.
O: Hmm, the quality is there but it's one dimenstional and humdrum. Not something I'd have again.

Photo of Giuseppina
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

A bitter tasting bitter, a bog standard bitter. This isn't an insult, an average English Bitter is still a good thing.

Photo of vinicole
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Siedzikd
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Oakenator
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cool Timothy Taylor pint glass with a handle. Appearance is a deep gold color with a thin head. Mild carbonation but nice lacing Is present on the glass. Smell is somewhat generic - typical bitter with some hops present. Taste reveals a stronger hop taste almost leaning towards a nice pale ale vs a bitter. Definitely sessionable and a nice experience.

Photo of slimntubbs
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a half-pint glass.

A: Thin and gold. Clear with some creamy head. Boring.

S: Creamy, sourish soft lemons.

T: Deliciously creamy with really nice hops in the background. Expertly balanced. Pleasant mainbody bitterness extends to the lightly drying aftertaste.

M: Nothing special -- moderately substantial, nicely creamy, and dryingly hopped.

O: Eminently drinkable and the epitome of English cask beer. Recommended (more or less).

Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear light copper/orange color. A two finger, tightly packed white head forms with good retention. Sticky lace is left behind. Looks like a damn good bitter.
S: Sweet malt, slightly fruity, with a lingering hoppy floral aroma.
T: Sweet malt with a nice fruity flavor up front. Apples and pears are what I get. A lingering floral hoppy flavor with some bitterness.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation. Not watery at all. So smooth and creamy. This is a session beer. Really easy to drink. I can drink this all day.

I finally get to experience cask beer in the UK. This is an excellent bitter throughout. A perfect example of what the style should be and why the mass market nitro beers are so inferior in the states. Highly recommended.

Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter) from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
88 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.