Beast Bitter | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 09-24-2001

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Ratings: 242 |  Reviews: 165
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of lovindahops
4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this brewery! Sure being local helps, however this crew does it all right. The theme of middle aged brewing and the commitment to consistent themes makes this place fun. Of course, it helps to be a staple of cuse!

Bought a sixer Wegman's

A- pours a clear, reddish amber color. Not much of a head that quickly disappears. Traces of lacing remain on the side

S- that is some fruit right there. I smell bananas and apricots. Also there is a sweet scent of malt that finishes. Similar to a buttery tone. I like it

T- Yup! The taste matches the smell. Bitter hops that are composed a fruity introduction are present. Next some bitterness sets in that is followed up of the expected sweet malt. This is a good combo of the hop bitteness and sweetened malt profile that you look for. Wow, I could bask in this

M- medium bodied and carbonated. Flavor wraps around the mouth with those properties

D- this is a great brew. The presentation combines with the appearance and taste to create a great brew. Middle Ages is geared towards their other brews at times. I think this is hands down their best brew and a great treat for the bitter profile enthusiast!

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Photo of capaneus
4.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(A) pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a generous fluffly, meringue-like head on top. lacing clings in thick shelves along the glass.

(S) earthy hops and biscuit malt. the nose isn't jumping out at me here though i recently got over a cold.

(T) a pronounced but moderate amount of bitterness from earthy-tasting hops and a great bready "beer" character to the malt. there's a very slight sweetness and a perfect hint of acidity to the finish. this beer is wonderfully balanced.

(M) the head makes for a fluffy melted marshmallow of beery goodness on top. this brew is has a big beer mouthfeel for it's conservative ABV, with lots of very small delicate bubbles lending a genuine creaminess to the drink.

(D) i've been looking for my daily drinking beer with a moderate ABV and a taste that suggests an eagerness to be sessioned - i think i've found it! at $9/six it's not the cheapest beer, but it's a very local brew and one of their very best. highly recommended!

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of dsa7783
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Nice appearance - pours a ruddy, murky, dark-amber colored-hue with a decent-sized foamy head that left a copious amount of lacing...
Great, strong, assertive aroma replete with caramel, bread and butter, and amber grains...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, bursting with hints of rich caramel, vanilla, amber grains, bread and butter, and honey...
Creamy, thick, rich mouthfeel along with an excellent level of drinkability...
Definitely recommended...

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4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hops, hops and hops! If you like hoppy flavored beer you will love Beast Bitter. It pours an orange/yellow color and forms a frothy white head with lots of big bubbles. The head will dissolve into the beer leaving some lace behind, but not much. Wafting above the beer is a beautiful cirtus and hop aroma. Each sip screams of hops, but there is a sweetness found in the flavor. I guess it's best described as an orange and hop flavor. A slight bitterness is left in the aftertaste.

I found this to be a very tasty and drinkable bitter that rivals the hoppy IPA's that are out there. My only regret is that I don't live close close enough to NY to get some more once my six pack is gone.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Update 8/7/06: This beer is the man. I had to go to NY to get some more, but it was worth it. Unfortunately it is one of only a few of MA's beers that does not make it to MA. Smell and taste is complex, but it goes down easy. Nice!

A hazy peach with an impressive off-white white head that sticks around. Aroma is a nice blend of piney/grassy hops and diacetyl. Taste is pleasing and rather complex. Grassy and earthy hops that are slightly spicy. A sweetness appears to be there from the bready malt and the buttery diacetyl, but the finish is definitely bitter. Feel is smooth with a slight hop prickle. Very solid and drinkable. I wish this was local to me, I would drink it all of the time.

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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!

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Photo of Jason
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beeguy for the sample.

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Pale amber hue, good clarity and one hell of the head.

S- Peachy fruitiness with a buttery diacetyl on the side. A little toasted grain and earthy hop in the back.

T- Hops and malt are in a perfect balance. Malt sweetness if rounded by toasted grain, mild fruitiness, musty dicetyl and a woody hop.

M- Good level of crispness, very smooth with a medium carbonation.

D- Bring them on, line them up and I will put them down ... so damn tasty.

One of the best bitters in the world IMO. Middle Ages has set the standard with the Ringwood / Yorkshire Yeast and not many brewers have come even close.

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4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque, amber color with a huge head and decent lace retention. Smells a bit fruity with a bit of hops. Taste is so smooth; hoppy with a bit of citrus and a perfect malt balance. So crisp, clean and light on the palate, I could drink it all night. This is, at this point in time, my favorite beer. I have moved to PA but go to the brewery at least once a month to pick up some more Beast Bitter. I love it.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - hazy, orange/amber color with a huge fluffy white head that hung out the entire glass, leaving globs of lacing behind.

S - apricot, lightly roasted malt and a touch of hoppy bitterness.

T - nice balance of malty sweetness with bitterness of hops, the finish is very dry.

M - medium bodied with very good crisp carbonation feel.

D - excellent drinking brew.

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Photo of timfelix
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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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