Courage Best Bitter - Wells & Young's Ltd
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Reviews by JustinBathurst:
3.13/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
On tap in Kent County, UK.
Pint arrived looking deep copper, a bit on the red side of things. The head was tightly-packed white foam. An all-encompassing lace remained.
The aroma is very faint: a bit of burnt coffee, flowers, and a touch of cloves. Oddly reminiscent of car exhaust.
The mouthfeel is slick, with light carbonation. Very much to style.
The taste is unpasteurized honey right off the wax comb, extremely light hops (likely Kent, a little sweet and a little citrus). It has a slight dark cocoa chalkiness. The aftertaste is mostly bitter cocoa.
Serving type: on-tap
10-02-2007 01:56:21 | More by JustinBathurst
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United Kingdom (England)
2.95/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. ABV is stated as 3.8%. Picked up recently from an off-licence. Label lists the ingredients, including sugar, E150c and E450 - not convinced these are really needed.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. The aroma is pretty weak - a faint hint of grainy caramel malt and little else.
Tastes of grainy caramel malt with a dry finish. Slightly sweet, with a faint hint of stewed hops. Pretty mild, not much bitterness to be found. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and reasonably full-bodied. Not much aftertaste; just a whisper of malt.
Surprisingly bland, particularly for a bitter. It's more like a mild really; hardly any hop presence. The balance is OK and it doesn't have any flaws - it just fails to excite me on any level. It's best characteristic is the body, although I wonder if the added stabiliser plays a part in this. At any rate, drinkable but nothing special. No need to seek it out.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2012 21:04:54 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.85/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
A - Apparently it's the colour E150C... which is a light bronze, topped with a foamy head which comes to a half finger. Plenty of bubbles dancing underneath the white surf as I hold it to the light.
S - I'm getting the malts, faint hops, and a very neutral clay/earth vapor.
T - Pale malts, cereals, grass, paper-cardboard, hops are quite delicate, too much so, leading to an underwhelming finish.
MF - Has a certain creaminess, nice to swirl in the mouth, the pleasant part of this beer.
O - Not the 'best bitter' proclaimed on the bottle by any stretch of the imagination, yes, it's drinkable but I'd give it a miss comparing it to similar bitters.
Also, I do not like the way this beer has added ingredients, the colourant and the stabilizers. It just seems a bit needless and goes against the craft brewing ethos. I'm sure a wonderful beer could be brewed without their use.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2012 16:22:12 | More by Eramen
3.83/5 rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Handpump halfpint at the Rising Sun; a swift half to break up my two-mile walk to the British Museum.
A: Crystal clear medium amber body; thin but solid cap of off-white foam. Great retention and lacing. Lovely.
S: Herbal hops, muted grain, and some fruitiness. Pretty simple and unremarkable. Average at best.
T: Better here, with some really interesting apple notes taking the forefront; very cider-esque, but not in a spoilt way. The herbal, floral hops give some bright bitterness on the finish. Very refreshing.
M: Delicate - light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Characteristic cask softness. Good.
O: Solid bitter. Not bad for the first random half-pint of real ale on my 2012 pilgrimage to London.
Serving type: cask
03-28-2012 14:20:53 | More by woosterbill
3.35/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A: Served a golden brown color with a small head and some lacing.
S: Aroma is mostly of malt.
T: Taste a mixture of biscuit and nut. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish.
F: Fairly light body, still quite smooth & creamy.
O: Decent beer, not overly impressive. However it is a decent session beer. Very common beer in the South of England.
Serving type: cask
08-02-2011 11:04:05 | More by soju6
Courage Best Bitter from Wells & Young's Ltd
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