John Bull Finest Bitter - Wells & Young's Ltd
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
3.25/5 rDev +8.3%
Served from a 568mL bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance - poured quite well with a thick solid head that settled down to a good 2cm thick layer. Some insignificant lacing. Dark red/maroon with a hint of brown.
Smell - (Unfortunately, I got my old man to pour it and he proceeded to do so into a chilled glass so the beer was a bit cold for aroma) A strong waft of dark malts hits the nose, followed by deep, herby hops. Didn't have the complexity of other bitters I've had- particularly the hops.
Taste - Followed the smell fairly closely. The malt had a golden syrup/caramel taste which was the immediate sensation. The hops were dominant and almost metallic in the aftertaste. Didn't have the earthy smokiness of some bitters that I enjoy.
Mouthfeel - fairly low carbonation as seems par for the style. Didn't feel very good in the mouth though- perhaps I'm used to drinking darker beers that are more slightly more viscuous.
Drinkability - would make a good session beer but overall I think it was a little geared too much towards the malt flavours, definitely not as balanced as I've had. Would make a good accompaniment to a steak with a sweet sauce. I've had better but would definitely drink it if offered.
08-17-2008 12:39:55 | More by Tagger24
3.25/5 rDev +8.3%
I can't believe there aren't an abundance of reviews for this... Anyway.
Poured out a deep caramel, with murky orange when held up to the light. The head was minimal with no lacing (freshness again).
It is a typical malty english ale. Lot's of malt, caramel, and mild syrup qualities.
Quite a bit of sweetness from the malts. Not the usual honey or caramel, but more fruity malt characters. Cocoa seems to come through, as it's not sweet chocolate, but bitter chocolate.
For what it is, it's a decent beer. Drinkable for the usual english ales, but it's nothing fantastic. Well worth it for a pint though.
06-07-2008 16:39:25 | More by Lukie
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev +16.7%
Appearance: A rather dark cola brown (no doubt from the additional caramel coloring used - thank you, Japanese liquor labeling laws!) with a stalwart but somewhat uneven latte-colored head.
Smell: Malts offer up lots of caramel and brown sugar, and even some subtle molasses and prunes. It is reminiscent of cola with a hint of citric zest, and also quite woody, calling to mind maple syrup.
Taste: Mild and clean, with a light sweetness similar to Christmas cake and a very subdued resiny-floral hop character. Occasional chocolate notes remind me of malted milk balls.
Mouthfeel: Quite nice and soft and creamy, if a tad light.
Drinkability: This beer is a bit of a bore, and a bit too malt-heavy to be refreshing. It's pleasant enough to not making finishing the pint a chore, but not pleasant enough to want another.
03-23-2008 08:53:03 | More by soulgrowl
John Bull Finest Bitter from Wells & Young's Ltd
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