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Courage Directors Bitter - Wells & Young's Ltd

Courage Directors Bitter
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%

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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-09-2002)
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Reviews by PartyHatjo:
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at the Collingwood Arms in Jesmond.

Appearance: Pale amber color, some haziness. Creamy white head that laces quite well over the course of the session.

Aroma: Pungent earthy hop tones blend quite well with a pungent American hop character of grapefruit. Some toastiness comes through as well.

Taste: Initial flavor of American (Centennial or Cascade) blends to a more characteristic English hoppiness. Slight diacetyl yields some toffee hints to the malt character. Proper cellaring does this brew a world of good, bringing out some of the yeasty fruitiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Balance leans a bit more towards the bitter side, but still good.

Drinkability: Easy drinker, but the more harsh bitter character and higher abv make it less suitable for a true session.

Serving type: cask

04-20-2008 08:39:16 | More by PartyHatjo
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3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -12.6%
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 -14%

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3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
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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3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep amber color with a moderate head that fades to some lacing.

A: Aroma of roasted malt, some caramel with a bit of fruit and spice.

T: Taste is similar with roasted malt, some caramel sweetness bit of fruit and spice in the background. Has mild bitterness with a fairly dry finish with just a bit of lingering bitterness.

F: Medium body and smooth.

O: Decent ESB but rather mundane. A bit sweet for more than one.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first time to try this beer in its bottled version now being produced by the Wells & Young’s in Bedford. Coming in a nicely curved brown bottle, BB 13/12/2013, served cool in straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark reddish amber to light copper in colour, coming with a thin layer of off-white frothy head to last on top of constant flows of mild carbonation.
S: applely and tea-leafy hoppiness laced with a light touch of citrusness, coupled with caramely and mildly buttery maltiness. A good swirl wakes up the soothing aroma of roast and nutty malts. Very pleasant overall.
T: light on the palate, the foretaste shows decent toasted crystal and bready malts balanced by a sound level of citric acidity and a wee touch of yeastiness; the aftertaste is full of aromatic nuttiness with a good amount of earthy bitterness to linger.
M&O: the mouthfeel is smooth enough given the non-intrusive carbonation, the body remains medium to light and overall it is an easy drinking, medium-quality Best Bitter with some good elements to offer.

Tasting Date: 06/11/05, BB date: 31/05/06.
A: a light copperish hue, with a strong ruby hint, the thick off-white head is fluffy and rocky, sustaining for a reasonable length.
S: refreshingly malty, caramel, and fruity, consisting of sweetened citrus zest and lively herbal hop aroma, slightly sharp and intense~~ after swirling, a deeper, flower-scented hop aroma comes through, providing a firm fruity hoppy and malty aroma, mixed of honey dew, lightly caramelised sugar, an intensifying flow of flower hops, faintly preserved figs, and an orange marmalade hint--all hide underneath and need to be awaken by serious swirling.
T: deliciously malty and lightly tartly-sweet fruity upfront, underlined by lots of tangy and sweet citrus-fruity hops while maintaining a feather light body~~ bitterness only gradually develops, full of tangy touch of fruit zests plus a tea-leafy tannic texture, lending a slightly clashing or stimulating mouthfeel to the moderately bitter and tart-fruity finish.
M&D: lively texture throughout, along with the flavour it’s a bit like gin&tonic!! A bit thin-bodied in the end, though. Overall a light-medium bodied bitter with good fruity elements to enjoy, this is an easy-to-drink session bitter, though not as mellow nor tasty as the cask-conditioned version when in good form.

Serving type: bottle

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottle from Morrisons (£1.59):
Golden amber colour with a good-sized, bubbly head that is off-white in colour and holds pretty well for the first couple of minutes with only a slight reduction in size.

Fruity hops and a biscuit aroma along with some sweetness and a fair bit of spice, notably some light spice. It is definitely a hop filled beer with a lot more fruit than expected.

Spicy upfront with some fruity hops and a few malts with some caramel in there too. There is a syrup like sweetness and a fair amount of citrus in there too.

Medium with lively carbonation and quite a fruity and sweet feel to the beer.The beer has a slightly creamy body and is rounded off with dry, bitter finish.

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3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This a beer I tried on cask several years ago when on vacation in London. It was in the majority of the pubs I visited but it was a beer I didn't care for and seemed inferior to the other real ales I tried.
So when it appeared at my local BCLB I was not in a hurry to try it but what the heck.

Appearance: It pours out a copper color with a white head about 1/2 an inch. I've heard they use artificial coloring but it doesn't say on the can.

Smell: The aroma is mostly malt. caramel , brown sugar, a note of hop but very little.

Mouth Feel: Medium carbonation

Taste : Very sweet , caramel predominates very little hop flavor

Overall: This is probably not the same beer as the cask version. Not a bad beer in the can it seems fresh and very drinkable but there is little complexity or hop character for a Bitter. It almost has the malt sweetness of a Brown Ale. In review the bittering hops are more predominate as the glass goes down. It''t not bad for the price but there are
a lot better English bitters around even in BC.

Serving type: can

01-21-2013 01:51:13 | More by KStark
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British Columbia (Canada)

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

10-08-2012 17:43:30 | More by Pelicanrocks
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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Courage Directors Bitter from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.