Beast Bitter | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

BA SCORE
87
very good
242 Ratings
Beast BitterBeast Bitter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States
middleagesbrewing.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 09-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
242
Reviews:
165
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.57%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Photo of kuhndog
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of utopiajane
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of Russell321
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bdaggett
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of entenduintransit
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maxifunk777
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of logicalparadox
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hop_Lover
4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Nice bitter with clean finish!

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Photo of T-34-85
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zraly
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tubeman
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Seanpatrickhaley
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of timfelix
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

an excellent bitter, surpassed only by their "Old MArcus". If you like beer with flavor, you'll like this one.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Tra
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of jmt308
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of smurphy493
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of edmiglia
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Beast Bitter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.89 out of 5 based on 242 ratings.
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