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Courage Directors Bitter - Wells & Young's Ltd

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BA SCORE
80
good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-09-2002)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass

Appearance... Brown / amber beer with foamy head colour white of 2 fingers aprox (lasting a tiny foam of 2 mm)

Aroma... malt,and fruits. Light aroma with touch of toffee too

Taste... Some caramel notes and then hop , touch of bitterness not lasting in mouth much time.

Mouthfeel... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall... a non impressive ale but not a bad one , hops are present but without a long aftertaste.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color- Light walnut brown. Medium head.

Aroma- mild hops, roasted barley malt, faint hint of raisins.

Taste- very nice balanced ale. Starts malt forward and mild like a gently toasted bread, then the middle fades with a hint of nuts and quickly finishes with a mild dry hoppiness. The back of the bottle proclaims: "Originally brewed exclusively for the directors of the brewery, this amber ale is full of character with a distinctive spicy hop aroma. The perfect balance of crystal malt with crisp, fruity, nutty hops and a lasting finish." From a hophead American perspective, I cannot agree with the bottle's statement; but I truly enjoyed this brew while on vacation in Scotland.

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a small drinking glass. Tasted on 6/1/2013 in Huntly, Scotland.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

English bitters - great sessional winter beers. Directors has a posh label, but lets see if it is a down to earth as the other bitters I've had. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - mahogany brown, clear, pours a thin, off white head that dissipates into a thin 3mm lacing.

S - Caramel malts of moderate intensity with a slight sweetness and fruitness (rum and raisin)

T - Sweetness has not be replicated in the taste - caramel malts with a presence of dark fruit hops (raisins) . Resin like bitterness increases sharply towards the end

M - Moderate carbonation (for a typical english bitter style), medium bodied, creamy, dry slightly metallic finish.

O - disregarding the slightly metallic finish, the beer has creaminess than other mass produced english bitters commonly lack. Also, the hint of dark fruits is a nice addition.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled version. Now called only Courage Directors.
Amber, one finger head, thin sticky cap.
Smell: sweet malts, toasted, burnt sugar, not much really.
Taste: toasted biscuity malts with a flash of lemon zing. A random fruitiness, some caramel and faint nuts. Low earthy hops, with a mild bitterness, kept in check by lingering malts.
Medium body and carbonation,a bit buttery.
This was quite bland. Drinkable, but not entirely enjoyable. Read that the cask version rocks, but this was really quite meh.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: an embossed 500mL brown bottle with a stylish Brittish label. A good package.

Appearance: pours a clear, solid amber colour with plenty of fine carbonation visible. A burst of off-white head jumps up and settles to a creamy cap. Decent lacing.

Aroma: quite a pleasant nose, if a bit demure. Some sweet malts with some grass / floral hops backing up. Not strong enough for my likes.

Taste: pretty decent and full in flavour, but not all that much complexity. Still, a very nice sweet malt and grain with those hops backing off a bit. A good quaffer none the less.

Aftertaste: the sweet malts hang about for a time, but that's about it.

Mouth feel: a medium- to- full body, lovely and smooth too - almost creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: one of the better English Bitters. I much prefer them full strength like this rather than the milds. A good dose of sweet malts and some floral hops make this an easy-drinking beer. The price is reasonable for an English Bitter too. Worth it.

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3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours somewhere between copper and brick red coloured with a decent slightly off-white head. The nose is lemony with a hint of dried fruit: pleasant but not bold. This seems surprisingly malty for a bitter with a sweet start and then a biscuity taste to the fore. Any bitterness which follows is moderate. The hop impact is more metallic giving way to a slight herbal/mint aftertaste than bitter. The taste didn't quite pan out as I had imagined from the nose, yet pleasant but not bold certainly reflects my attitude towards this beer.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Half litre bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: Bronze, clear, small tanned head, poor retention, some lacing.

S: Malt, yeast, fairly boozy.

T: Fruity, earthy, moderate bitterness, some fuggles, grassy finish.

M: Medium body, slightly on the heavy side, well carbonated which gave it a coarse edge.

O: Earth didn't move, a bit like a watered down uninteresting Dubbel.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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Courage Directors Bitter from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.