Beast Bitter | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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165 Reviews
Beast BitterBeast Bitter

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

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Reviews: 165 | Ratings: 242
Photo of mobius024
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Monster head, beautiful lacing (about which I usually could care less), deep amber color, a nose that penetrates even my deadened sense of smell. Crisp, outdoorsy, kind of peachy. The taste is sharp, doesn't get old. Mouth feel is clean with a nice light hoppiness. Imperial Stout is my choice, but I could definitely get into drinking this. 5.3 ABV, a little light for my likes, makes it a beer you could stay with a while ...

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

This is a very nice ESB and worth seeking out. It pours a nice clear amber with a slightly foamy head that retains for a bit, and laces well. The aroma is very grainy once it settles, there is kind of a sour dough bready nose on the beer and a hop bitterness that is somewhat sweet, estery and floral. Once the beer settles in, the aroma is very enticing and smells like a Fullers or some other similar British ESB.

This is a very traditional and representative beer of the style. There is a slight butterscotch and sour dough breadiness to the beer. There is also a bit of course graininess, maybe a bit husky as well. Most pronounced is the nice bittering hop presence. There is a grapefruity tangy and estery hop characteristic in the background but a more traditional leafy and bittering hop presence up front. The beer is slightly crisp, but not overly so; the beer is moderately carbonated, actually quite carbonated for the style. The beer has a nice balance between cream and crispness and between the drying and leafy hops and the more floral estery hop. The beer is fairly complex and very nice. This is a light to medium bodied beer with a nice bittering mouthfeel. Worth seeking out. L'chaim.

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Photo of dfolmste
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beer pours a 3/4 inch head that quickly moves down to about 1/4. Medium carbonation. Hazy orange color. Lighter than I was expecting and a slightly better appearance than average. Lacing is nice.

Smell: Smells strongly of hops with fruit lingering underneath. I really like it.

Taste: The name does the taste justice, very bitter. Hoppy taste with a tinge of metallic. It is this metallic aspect of the taste that prevents me from enjoying this more. I like bitter beer, but this aftertaste holds me back.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong carbonation. Appearance was deceiving. Metallic taste even more apparent the longer the beer was held. Not that great.

Drinkability: The initial taste of the beer was great but the aftertaste really killed my opinion of this bitter. I would have another, but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Very Hazy/cloudy. A copperish orange, finger of highly carbonated head that dissipates to a ring on the edge of the glass, and then some.

S Peach, green apples and white grapes all come through very strongly, providing a mildly sweet scent.

T The fruits mentioned above come through subtly, with a decent bitterness. Little to no hop/malt flavors, and a fairly sweet touch at the end.

M A little bit over carbonated, but finishes fairly smoothly.

All in all, not an everyday beer, but definitely a refreshing break from the usual styles that are prevalent this time of year. Would definitely try again, but not a regular beer for me

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle > Dimpled mug

a nice copper color pours out looking bubbly with active yeastie bits and a well-retained off-white head that lasts through the duration.

This aroma is a classic sweet-bready malt with some roastie toast and earthy scented yeast, grassy, fresh corn, black pepper, Very nice ESB scent.

The feel is crispy with a rather sharp bite, but is light to medium feel with a smooth malt that has a classic sour-dough bread malted flavor. Grainy yeast adds a nice earthy blalance with a lasting, semi-bitter, leafy hop bite right at the end.

I enjoyed this one very much.

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Photo of sleazo
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A_Pours a hazy amber/orange with a semi dense three fingered head. Retention is decent as is the lacing. The colour doesnt seem right for the style but it does look nice.

S_Citric hops with a tiny bit of malt. Almost soap like.

T_Fairly well balanced. Mildly bitter with those same hops, it interacts well with the slightly sweet caramel malt. Not too complex but fairly refreshing.

M_Thin bodied with a little too much carbonation.

D_This is a decent beer, but a so so ESB. Still I would not refuse one if offered. Doesn't quite live up to its brethren across the pond.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber with 3 fingers of frothy khaki colored head. OK retention, spotty lacing. Smells of floral hops, caramel, bread dough, spices, and butter. Taste starts out with a touch of citrus before lots of caramel malt and bread take over. Finishes with spicy and earthen hops with lots of buttery notes. Medium in body with some fizzy carbonation. Lots of sweet malt and dough with a little bit of hop presence and odd butter flavors in the finish. Not very bittering, not one I would get again.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Eyes: This ESB pours a honey colored shade of orange. The head stays firm at a thin eighth of an inch cap sporting a light shade of tan. Occasional lacing along the walls of my glass.

Nose: Hops are more forward than the doughy malts. Steady scent of floral hops and spice, but far from overpowering and remains an ESB despite one toe in the English IPA pond.

Tongue: Balanced, but somewhat favoring hops. The bready backbone gives this beer something to stand on while the floral hops provide a unique character. The yeast is well used and suited to this beer. Comes together nicely as a whole. Carbonation provides an interesting prickly sensation.

Head: Very drinkable due to the balanced nature. Solid, yet understated ESB that shows a good beer doesn't have to feature stark contrasts to stand out. A first try at this brewery for me and I'm looking forward to a few more. I could see fish and chips pairing well.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A ½ finger wispy head lay atop this beer after it was poured from the bottle into a classic pint glass. No real visible carbonation found after the beer had settled. A light amber copper color with lots of orange tones to it best describes the color.

Aroma was perfume like and floral. Also noticed a bit of a light roasted smell as well.

Taste starts a tad sweet up front then the beer balanced out nicely. The taste is quite nice and tended to grow on me as I enjoyed the beer. There is a bit of bread like quality to the finish. I think this is the first beer that I can detect the buttery taste of diacetyl. In fact the more I drink it the more I consider buttered bread. (With a hop bitterness above that flavor)

There is a higher amount of carbonation feel in your mouth when you drink it than I would have expected from an ESB.

Drinkability is quite nice and I enjoy it more as it warmed slightly.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
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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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chill hazed amber with a rich off-white head that descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of resin and grapefruit with a touch of caramel and butter.

The taste is earthy, tea-leafy, and citric (grapefruit/lemon). There is a caramelish backing. Well-balanced leaning towards bitterish. Lighter side of medium-bodied. Easy to drink - An ESB with an American flair. A nice one!

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Photo of Murchmac
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Beertruth.

Looks like a poor mans DIPA with a nice big thick head that slowly works its way back into the brew. Copper orange look.

Some spicy and sweet highlights, like Peking Duck.

Tastes a bit too hoppy for an ESB, also a little weak. I like my esb's creamier and richer.

Aftertaste like listerine with hops.

This beer is like a person with a spray tan. Unnatural looking and tasting.

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Photo of animal69
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy iced-tea orange w/ a thin off-white head that settles into a pool of irridescent bubbles that don't really stick to the sides of my nonic ; a fruity lemon/tangerine-like smell with hints of earthy hops and alcohol ; a decent hop bite initially that drifts into a nice noble hop flavor, some subtle hints of cereal grain and darker fruits, a bit citrusy and mineral in the finish ; a light-med body with moderate carbonation, feels creamy on the tounge ; a pretty decent ESB, and quite drinkable...

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear orange with a thick rocky head.

S - Buttery and fruity with some floral hops.

T/M - Buttery again, with a sharp grassy bitterness. There's a hint of roastiness as well. Getting some generic fruitiness and a sharp alcoholic touch. Mouthfeel is dry and moderate bodied.

D - Solid offering. Lots of flavour and good balance.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery tasting room.

Appearance was a nice amber with alot of head that disappated slower than in the bottle.

Smelled fruity, sweet, a faint hint of alcohol.

Taste was fruity, much more defined, apricot, alot of hop, some othercitrus notes, and a more bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was just as carbonated, overbearing and offbalancing.

Drinkability is a bit less than the bottled, as the carbonation on tap will just about kill you.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my SA Sensory Pint. Orange-amber in appearance with decent clarity. Half-inch off-white head quickly dissipated into a thin inconsistent skim with the remnants of foam mostly pooling around the edges. Lots of effervescence present in the glass. Virtually no lacing present during the tasting. Mild nose of hops and citrus. Hoppy flavor is significantly more pronounced and somewhat floral in the mouth. Citrus flavor reveals itself as grapefruit. Also detected a hint of apricot present as the brew warmed. Finish is somewhat astringent and lingers. Lively mouthfeel without the carbonation burn. I could see this as being a fairly drinkable brew; however, a little too hoppy for my taste.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
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 jackorain
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber hazy color. white 1 inch head. long lasting head with great lace.

smells of fruity malts and earthy hops. yeast too.

flavor is caramel and biscuit malts, fruity undertones, earthy hop flavor. sour twang. mild hop bitterness.

mouthfeel is light to medium with a nice even medium carbonation.

drinkability is okay

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Photo of quasimoto
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong aromas of citrusy/ piney hops come right to the front of this beer. Caramel malts and some horse blanket come to mind as well. Slight oak aroma as well. The flavor is a combination of the aromas and some other off flavors as well. I want to say diacytel, but it is not buttery. Caramel lemony/grapefruit citrus flavors. Really nice warm combo. The mouthfeel is light to med and carbonated, maybe a little too much. Overall one of the best I think to come out of middle ages. I love this beer and could drink it all the time.

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Photo of foxmul924
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle into Room-Temp Pint Glass)

Appearance: Nice, Frothy Off-White/Light-Brown Head. Dark Orange Body with a Fair Amount of Lace.

Smell: Fresh Hop Aroma Overrides Everything.

Taste: Plain Hop Flavor Followed by a Smooth, but Subtle Malt Finish. Very Well-Balanced and Complex for its Simplicity. No Real Distinguishable Flavors other than the Bursting Freshness of the Hops. Nothing Short of Outstanding!

Mouthfeel: Medium-Bodied with Perfect Carbonation and Smoothness. I Love Hoppy Beers, but Have Always Looked for One that Finished Clean without Unappealing Buildup: THIS IS IT.

Drinkability: EXCELLENT, Could Enjoy Multiple Brews as it Finishes Clean and Maintains its Increadible Hop Flavor.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed amber gold. Nose is a sweet tone with a bitter hoppy edge. Flavor is doughy with a slight bitter tone and a slightly larger sweet edge. Feel is slightly thick with bubble on the tongue and a thicker liquid feel. Overall pretty smooth and drinkable. I have had a few of this breweries beers over the past day and I have to say I am fairly impressed.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass. No date on bottle.

A - Fairly dense, hazy amber/orange body with one-finger of rocky off-white head that mostly disappeared and left virtually no lacing on the glass. Lots of tiny bubbles racing up the glass.

S - Wow, this is one sweet smelling brew! First whiff evokes sugar, cotton candy with caramel malts and traces of cookie dough. Hops aren't as evident, but I sensed some light flowery and earthy hops along with orange citrus and pine notes. I also got a hint of butterscotch in the nose, and just a touch of alcohol as it warmed up.

T - Sweet candy up front with just a touch of hop bitterness in the middle. Finishes up with a tasty caramel malt sweetness with hints of vanilla.

M - Medium body with kind of a syrupy texture that is just a tad watery on the palate. Carbonation is lively and prickly. Finish is lightly alcoholic with a mild burning sensation.

D - This beer is almost as sweet as it smells. It's not quite as bitter as I was expecting, but it's pretty well-balanced. Not a bad bitter... definitely on the sweet side, but it hs a nice caramel maltiness and a pleasant aroma.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My lovely girlfriend bought me a six pack of this stuff.I asked her to get me a six pack of something I never had before.So she picked this.Drank from a tulip glass.At first I didnt like it too much,the hops seemed very harsh, they almost has a acetone taste to them.Oh well heres the review.

Very murky,burnt orange colored body.Nice white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Piney hops,some sweet vanilla.

Hoppy(piney),some sweetness from the malt I guess.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and thats the only downfall for this beer.

I like this beer but dont think I will search it out again.Not that it is a bad beer but it just dont do anything for me.Mabey its just the style.Sorry Middle Ages...

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Photo of slagle9480
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured an orange-amber tone. The head was impressive with a sticky lace left behind.

S: I smelled a sweet, almost peach-y aroma. It was a pleasant sweetness, nothing too powerful.

T: Good taste. Earthy hops with some fruity flavor. Not too bad, but nothing to brag about.

M: Weak body. Medium at best. Almost watery at first.

D: I wouldn't drink this brew all day. Maybe now and then, but not a fridge-stocker. This one isn't really my favorite. I don't hate it but it's an ok brew. Middle Ages has yet to impress me.

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with a relatively weak head. Kind of disappointed by the head. The smell is very citrusy, which tells me hops are abundantly present. (good thing) Taste is very strange, little citrus, earthy, maybe even, actually, I can't put my finger on that strange taste! Mouthfeel is rather flat and unappealing. Drinkability is average.

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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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