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Barnsey - Bath Ales Ltd

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bath Ales Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-30-2003)
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Reviews by Baileyuk:
Photo of Baileyuk


4.33/5  rDev +16.4%

An excellent bitter.

A - Weakest part, not much head, what there was faded quickly. Lacing was minimal. Dark Brown (But more brown than black)

S- Malty, Roasted maltrs mainly. Good smell

T - Wow, very good. Roasted malts come through. Slight tobacco taste although not unpleasant.

M - Perfect carbonation, medium to full bodied. A little thick for a bitter but actually goes with the beer perfectly.

D - Very high, I sucked this one down and am looking forward to another sometime.

10-16-2008 00:24:22 | More by Baileyuk
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.18/5  rDev -14.5%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. Described on the label as a dark bitter. I like the brewery's hare emblem.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A dark ruby-brown with medium carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that disappears almost immediately. Aroma possesses an overwhelming note of diacetyl; beneath this lies dark, fruity malt with hints of molasses, dried fruit, chocolate and vanilla.

Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a dry, bitter finish. A whiff of diacetyl upfront, followed by notes of dried fruit, molasses and vanilla. A stewed hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with tingly carbonation and an astringency that leaves the palate dry. Aftertaste of fruity, bitter malt.

Pretty good, but spoiled by the pervasive buttery aroma of diacetyl. The flavour is fruity and slightly sweet, with good balance. I would probably score this higher if the diacetyl note were absent, but it stands out to a degree that can't be overlooked. Certainly worth trying, but see if you can find it on cask....

12-23-2011 23:55:47 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -19.4%

Chocolate, wood, some earthyness. some roasted malts, toasty, pretty nice, soft texture, with medium bitterness, a slightly different English bitter, but a very decent one, citric bitterness on the finish is not overbearing, pretty nice. (Cask GBBF 03')

09-30-2003 02:01:01 | More by rastaman
Photo of AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

500ml brown bottle poured into a Young's branded pint pot.

A. Ruby red in colour with a good, bubbly white head.

S. Plenty of toffee and caramel notes, some fruity malt in there too along with a touch of cocoa.

T. Fruity malt, hints of vanilla and perhaps a trace of dark chocolate.

M. Medium and slightly chewy.

D. Quite a pleasant beer, much better than their Golden Hare that I tried the other night. Give this one a try if you see it on a shelf.

06-30-2010 23:06:40 | More by AEK
Photo of Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-30-2012 22:41:57 | More by Pelicanrocks
Photo of BrazilianAussie


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-08-2013 00:25:27 | More by BrazilianAussie
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

Brown 500ml bottle, poured into a vase shaped pint glass.

Deep, dark mahogany red/brown body with a thin biege head on top.

Sweet malt aroma, bicuits and molasses, brown toast and thick cut marmalade.

The sweet malts rule the roost in the flavours, but not as sweet as in the smell, there is a subtle bitterness from the hops which stops the malt from taking over completely.

A good rich depth to this beer, a bit more alcohol and some spices, it could be turned into a very good winter warmer.

Impressed, as I always am with Bath Ales, wish I could get their cask beers up here in Shropshire.

12-11-2009 00:30:17 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-16-2014 17:24:20 | More by vinicole
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured into a curvy tulip glass making a rich conker brown body with a waif like white head.

The nose is treated to a malty aroma with just subtle hints of hoppyiness that are a little elusive.

The dark brooding bitter looks very appealing to the eye, the nose has been flirted with and the taste continues to treat.

A well rounded taste hits the mouth starting with an almost buttery slightly sweet shortbread taste turning to a malty, fruity main taste and finished with a slight bitter kick.

Life affirmingly good

11-17-2011 18:52:20 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of Mark


4.15/5  rDev +11.6%

Deep copper color, thick tan head that left exceptional, intricate, multi patterns of lace. Inviting aroma of dark fruit, malt, and chocolate. Slightly roasted taste is malt heavy, some chocolate, and a short subtle hop finish. A very smooth and easy drinking ale that I really enjoyed.

02-15-2007 04:57:27 | More by Mark
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.13/5  rDev +11%

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a deep mahogany red colour. Creamy white head poured fairly thick and fizzy then faded quite quickly to very thin layer and then to a light ring around the edge... some very light carbonation drifts to the surface... no real lacing...

Aroma - Lots of chocolate malts mixed with good toasted nuttiness, dark ripe fruits (plums, figs), strong toffee apple notes, some caramel and brown sugar sweetness, toasted malt loaf, very light smokiness, burnt / nut brown butter, dry hay...

Taste - Strong peppery and roasted chocolate malt bitterness, toasted nuts, lightly charred / toasted bread, cocoa powder, quite tart fruits (apples, plums, pears, some figs), light burnt toffee sweetness, grassy hops, faint cola traces..

M&D - Sharp initially then smooths out a little... medium bodied... a very very quaffable brew - excellent for a session...

Overall - A very satisfying and drinkable dark bitter.. a perfect session ale at only 4.5%... recommended..

11-13-2008 15:43:50 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Bix

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

08-25-2012 16:26:14 | More by Bix
Photo of MEP

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

07-02-2012 18:13:17 | More by MEP
Photo of MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

12-14-2013 01:11:44 | More by MisledTitan
Photo of bghozali

1/5  rDev -73.1%

10-20-2012 16:36:22 | More by bghozali
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7%

Chocolate garnet with a creamy ecru head that doesn't stick around. Chocolate malts, red berries and soil on the nose. Chocolate and more juicy dark berries with spice cake and tea leaf hops to end. Cola comeback and dry linger. Medium, some chew, round.

Big Crystal fruit kicks this one up a level. I don't know if the Bramling Cross are late enough in the boil to give aroma, but there's definitely blackberries in there, too. Juicy, above average bitter.

07-17-2011 19:29:42 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of mizx

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

03-26-2014 19:57:58 | More by mizx
Photo of hunteraw


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Purchased in Bath. Pours a much darker color than I had been expecting from this "english bitter," a deep ruddy copper. Big head fades slowly, but leaves no lace. Smell is sweet, brown sugar, dark fruit, wood - wet hardwood. Taste, on the other hand, is dry - roasty, somewhat bitter. Made with Bramley Cross hops, according to the label. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, lingering crisp aftertaste. Drinkability is moderate.

04-03-2008 19:07:36 | More by hunteraw
Photo of Mr_Pink_152

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

01-01-2014 16:49:17 | More by Mr_Pink_152
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Pours as a deep chestnut red with a thick foamy off-white head, which shows good retention.

Aroma: Rich and malty on the nose, with hints of chocolate, dark fruits, and toffee.

Taste: Lots of breads and grainy flavours up front, with a subtle bitterness from the Bramling Cross hops. There is the impression of mild chocolate, with a slight taste of burnt sugar. The finish is verging more towards the bitter end of the scale with resiny hop flavour.

Mouthfeel: Full in the body, smooth, and quite creamy.

Drinkability: Nicely balanced beer, and very easy to drink. Well worth a try if Bitter is your thing, you won't regret it.

09-23-2009 19:32:28 | More by PartyBear
Photo of benclimbs


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

pours dark brown with a nice head and tons of sticky lacing in the glass

the smell is very nice, warm fruit and caramel

taste is really smooth, more caramel with some very prominent rum raisin flavours. finishes just this side of sweet but maintains a solid amount of drinkability.

mouthfeel is silky smooth...

overall its a really great bitter - one of the better ones i've had here in the UK - mmm, the best of bath ales brews i think.

02-14-2010 11:48:57 | More by benclimbs
Photo of CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%

Pint served at a pub in Cardiff 19/01/13.

Pours a dark brown colour, slightly hazy with a big white head.

Not a very strong smell - malty.

Tastes very drinkable, no strong flavours, just medium malts and a weak hop bitterness.

Overall a decent enough pint for drinking with a meal, avoid if you're seeking a bit flavoursome beer though.

01-20-2013 22:02:23 | More by CwrwAmByth
Photo of kscaldef


2/5  rDev -46.2%

08-28-2013 05:09:40 | More by kscaldef
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a pleasant plummy brown, clear but dark, with a very active, off-ivory head that doesn't last long. The more I look at it the more it reminds me of cola. Pleasantly bright and fruity nose, but with a dark shadow; orange, lemon, cherry, and a hint of marzipan up front - caramel, butterscotch, and chocolate to back it up. Sweet smells all around but the overall impression is balanced, with a firm floral/citric hop edge to round it out. Tastes as expected, mildly fruity and juicy with more than a hint of chocolate, tangy cola notes and citric hops that lead into a crisp finish that can almost be called tart. Similar to an American amber ale, in many ways, although the hops are (naturally) more British in tone. A touch thin on the palate, but nice and dry. A pleasant quaffer or sipper - it's pretty mild, but it's got a nice depth to it.

05-23-2009 10:08:32 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of bcsbeer


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-02-2013 03:29:40 | More by bcsbeer
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Barnsey from Bath Ales Ltd
84 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.