Beast Bitter
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
3.91 | pDev: 11.51%
Oct 30, 2018
Sep 24, 2001
Very Good
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Comes in a hazy golden color with a creamy white head. Good retention. Wispy lacing is left.
Smells of grapefruit and orange zest, honey, white bread, cracked cereal grains, and some grass and pine.
The taste of honey and white bread malt, with some grapefruit and orange peel, and a hint of pine. Lightly sweet with some lingering bitterness.
Feels medium-bodied, well carbonated, smooth and creamy.
Overall, a really nice beer. Too hoppy for the ESB style, but it's very tasty regardless.
Oct 30, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by kuhndog from New York

Apr 01, 2016
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Reviewed by utopiajane from New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Nose is vivacious with malt. Biscuity and caramel. Firm dry caramel , none of that soft sweet stuff. The hops twinkle like fuggles do and show you soft earthy, woody spice. There is good citric backnote to them that makes them smell fresh and tangy and even a bit like zest. They also use cascade I think. Toasty malt is so crisp it's almost crunchy in there. I love it! As you drink the beer it simply takes over your mouth and your will to fight. It's abundant with malt. The hops are forward and keep forward until the very last moment in the swallow when you smile because it's the malt that finishes this beer medium dry.

Taste is like toast! Lightly buttered and bitter. So delicious. The finish and the balance is what kept this beer in my glass until literally there was no more beer. Hops give an expert bitterness that never gains speed or strength. Steadfast, although it's not really too gentle either. As all the flavor from malt fades, even the hop fruitiness fades off to tangerine pith but the bitter remains.

Outrageously good. I'll take a few big mugs of that! I also hear that this brewer is using the ever elusive strain of yeast in this beer called ringwood. I would love to know if that yeast is in any way responsible for the flavor that this beer has. You just can't stop drinking it.
Feb 21, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by Russell321 from New York

Dec 26, 2015
Rated: 4.3 by bdaggett from New York

Dec 18, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Aug 20, 2015
Rated: 4 by maxifunk777 from California

Aug 13, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Jul 27, 2015
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Reviewed by logicalparadox from New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A classic bitter. An underrepresented style, in my opinion, and this is a beast of an example.

Pours a somewhere between a dark orange to a very light mahogany. Dark enough to let you know there's some big malts in there. Nice head that fades slow. Feels very medieval in some way!

Aromas are malty, buttery, and some light fruit. Picking up on the yeast, it gets the appetite going.

The flavors are bitter, but not biting. Pleasant bitterness with a long finish, that dances back and forth between that and a mellow sweetness from the malts. A light roast character. The cumulative effect is like bitter buttered toast. MMmm.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and a bit creamy. Every pub in the world should have this on tap as the quintessential answer to a generic "give me a pint".

Why do more people not make this kind of brew? Is it difficult to do well? Is it perhaps too simple? Does it just not carry the hero-worship that a flagship IPA brings with it? This is a great beer and an argument for more brewers to take on this style as one worth brewing.
Jul 09, 2015
Rated: 4.4 by ElijahRivera from New York

Jun 10, 2015
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Rated by Hop_Lover from New York

4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Nice bitter with clean finish!
Jun 10, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by T-34-85 from New York

May 11, 2015
Rated: 4.01 by Zraly from Virginia

May 09, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by tubeman from New York

Mar 27, 2015
Rated: 4.65 by Seanpatrickhaley from South Carolina

Feb 03, 2015
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Rated by timfelix from New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
an excellent bitter, surpassed only by their "Old MArcus". If you like beer with flavor, you'll like this one.
Nov 27, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Nov 26, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by vonnegut21 from New York

Nov 07, 2014
Rated: 3.6 by Tra from Virginia

Oct 05, 2014
Rated: 4 by jmt308 from New York

Oct 02, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by wrightst from Maryland

Sep 11, 2014
Rated: 4 by atr2605 from New York

Aug 27, 2014
Rated: 4.04 by SonictheBeerhog from New York

Aug 12, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

Aug 12, 2014
Rated: 5 by smurphy493 from New York

Aug 06, 2014
Rated: 4 by edmiglia from New York

Jul 22, 2014
Rated: 4.05 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Jun 04, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by gwiedman1 from New York

Jun 01, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by FrankShirley from Massachusetts

May 29, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by morrowd3 from Vermont

May 06, 2014
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Reviewed by Mineo from New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
solid bitter, though the new citra recipe is not nearly as good as the original. would love to see the original recipe brought back, when it was a fantastic bitter.
Apr 20, 2014
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Reviewed by RustyTruck from Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
I got this beer as an exchange from a family member in New york so I have no idea how long it was cellaring.

This was my first ESB so it would be wrong for me to judge it but... I swear to what gods I find holy this beer is the best ESB I have ever imbibed! And i have have tried many a bitter since.

I would love to try another to get a more objective review, until then: If you get a chance to try this beer GIVE IT A TRY.
Mar 18, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Zetcha7x from Pennsylvania

Mar 12, 2014
Rated: 4 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Mar 05, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by electtodefer from New York

Feb 09, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by rorjets from Connecticut

Jan 15, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by mspang from Canada (ON)

Dec 29, 2013
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a golden honey color. Mildly hazy, looks unfiltered. Strong visible carbonation, 2 inch head. Some small spots of lacing throughout the session.

Sharp English hop aroma- grass, apples, pears.

Great taste. Pretty hoppy for what it is- a lingering hop bitterness stays throughout the session. Some apples and pears in the taste too, along with grass, biscuity malt, slight wood.

Medium to light body, crisply carbonated.

I'm really getting into English bitters these days, and I love this one a lot.
Dec 15, 2013
Rated: 4 by Hopheadhiker from New York

Dec 03, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by BillRoth from Maryland

Nov 30, 2013
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