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Doom Bar Bitter | Sharp's Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sharp's Brewery
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2005

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171
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3.38
pDev:
31.36%
 
 
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 171
Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cask at The Sanderling, Glasgow Airport, Scotland

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high frothy white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a bit stronger flavors of toasted malts along with faint hints of fruity yeast and a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodies on the palate and is a little thin and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is perfectly sessionable.

Serving type: cask

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap (cask) served in a shaker pint glass at The Carpenter's Arms in Windsor.

Appearance: Bright amber, tinting toward dark. Thick white head and lots of persistent lacing in thick sheets.

Smell: Very little aroma, maybe a bit of toasted malt.

Taste: Mild. Toasted malt, hint of caramel. Steely/English hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a bit thicker than water, but not my much. A bit chewy.

Overall / Drinkability: Tasty, but mild. Nothing special. Went well with food (grilled chicken, salad, and fries). Finished it off easily but I think I'd get something else next time. Good looking beer though.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", my review and possible re-rating comes after I Have this again.
Somehow found in England, so this looks like a several year wait.

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Photo of Hanglow
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear amber, pin bright, decent head that subsides very quick

Metallic aroma, some caramel, touch of spice and a bit of sick. Yes sick, this is bottled too

Flavour is a bit better, fair amount of spice . Decent carb, low/med body, slightly dry, hint of bitterness. Not much sweetness.

Not particularly good although better than John Smiths, Boddingtons et al.

On cask it is better, much more fruity from the yeast but still a bit of a shame that this is supposedly the best selling ale in the uk.

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Photo of Ant777uk
1.9/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Reviewing the bottle, serving it chilled as recommended.

Looks fine, nothing special, aroma of barley malt...

I am certian that this is different from the cask version in pubs, which I quite like.

Not much flavour to taste, after 6 months of drinking Belgian beers. As a chilled amber ale, it's taste is certainly better than the mass-produced lagers, as there is some bitterness at least. However, overall flavour is quite simple, watery and uninspiring...

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled, 4.3% ABV. Clear amber color with a bit of beige head. Aroma has toasted malts and some earthy hops, not much going on here. Taste has toasted malts, bread crust, a bit of caramel/burnt sugar and a hint of hops on the finish. Not really sweet or bitter, quite watery. Light body with low carbonation. It doesn't have any off-tastes but it's really generic and boring overall.

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Photo of BigGold
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had pulled from cask into pint tumbler in London. This self-proclaimed "exceptional amber ale," which is more of a dark mild than a bitter, is Britain's most popular and controversial beer. Not sure why either is true, actually.

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Photo of pcbnumber1
2.72/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pint on tap

Appearance (Look): Served a copper colour, a bit mucky looking but a nice off white foamy head, little lacing

Smell: A major buttery feel to the nose, grainy and light caramel malts.

Taste: Biscuity and caramel malts, grainy taste, barely bitter, tastes more like lager.

Mouthfeel (Feel): Smooth, easy to go down, little carbonation, barely any aftertaste,

Overall: Bit of a let down for a CAMRA winner that seems to be everywhere. Boring, generic.

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Photo of stevoj
2.76/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Perhaps this better as a cask ale. Oveall seems flat and unlively, flavor is OK but rather bland. Almost no head to speak of. Mouthfeel is slick with a little lingering bitterness. Just average.

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Photo of djura
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 0,5 l

A - Amber, white foam, stay for minute. Few bubbles.
S - Caramalt with some cherry like fruit.
T/M - Bitter finish, burned sugar, some sweetness. Medium carbonation.

O - A bit aromatic, too much carbonated. Average.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From cask at Heathrow. Pours a mostly clear darker amber color with white head. Caramel malts and cereal grains on the nose with just a little grass; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little bitterness and some malt balance.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is wood, dark grains and a little plum.
The taste is wood, mild fruit and lemon bitterness.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
Enjoyable.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On cask, pulled into an imperial pint glass. Nice mild, pleasant aroma and flavor. Amber colored, bready flavor, good balance. Easy to drink, fairly tasty.

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Photo of interzen
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle served into a standard nonic pint glass.

Look: A sort of dirty, coppery colour prior to pouring (ships in a clear bottle, which is fairly rare for well-known reasons). Loose, slightly tan head which fizzles out to a foam cap fairly quickly.

Smell: Malt and diacetyl - there's definitely a buttery vibe to this which, whilst not necessarily unpleasant, is definitely there.. The bottle tasting notes proclaim "an enticing aroma of resinous hop, sweet malt and delicate roasted notes". I'm getting one of those and that's about it.

Taste: Malt, butter and a cursory trace of bitterness in the finish. I'm inclined to go with others when I say that this feels more like a lager than a bitter.

Feel: Slightly insipid - not an excessive amount of carbonation but otherwise it's pretty boring. Small amount of bitterness in the aftertaste, but nothing to shout about.

Overall: This is another fairly ubiquitous brew locally and one of the few bitters I've found in clear bottles - I'm wondering whether or not this is a factor in the excessive amount of diacetyl flavours I noticed, because this beer really doesn't do much for me out of the bottle. Draught might be a different matter (less chance of being light-struck, for a start) so there may be a case for having this on draught and re-reviewing. All in all, disappointing.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Presentation - Served into a pint glass from a clear glass 500ml bottle. I always fear the beer in a clear bottle!

Appearance - Dirty amber coloration like muddy water, skinny head that dies quickly to lace and does not stick to the glass.

Smell - smells very grainy with barley malt and little else.

Taste - This beer is grainy and malty in taste as well as smell. for a bitter this beer tastes oddly like a lager. That is not a good thing and means the beer is completely off style.

MF - Cloying but has no aftertaste.

Overall - This beer seems to be everywhere now. I have had great experiences with the brewery's other beers but this one was a complete let down. The smell and taste are closer to lager than anything else and the mouth feel is plain annoying, but the actual taste is not too bad if you just imagine you are drinking a lager

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Photo of charlatan
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer which seems to have become ubiquitous in the last couple of years. Pours from 500ml bottle a dark amber colour with minimal head (or maybe that was down to a poor pour). The nose is malty, brown sugar, toffee and carrot. Tangy beer with a fruity start becoming sweeter and a rather metallic finish. Definitely malt dominated and less salty than I recall the cask version being. Not unpleasant but could do with more assertive hops.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served cold from clear 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

A) Medium copper colour, half an inch of white head that disappears quickly.

S) Served cold, so not getting much.

T) Pretty weak flavours. Light caramel malt, light fragrant hops. No aftertaste, which is a bad thing for beer in my opinion.

M) Moderately carbonated and fairly thin, typical of the style.

O) Not as good as I remember it from drinking previously. Will buy it again, maybe this is an off batch or drinking it cold is muting the flavours.

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Photo of sleazo
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Shipwrights Arms

A_Burnt copper with a nice creamy off cream head. Nice lacing.

S__light mineral notes up front followed by a nice vegetal hop aroma

T_Solid bread like character upon first sip leading to a slow growing bitterness. Notes of grass and a copper.

M_Smooth and slightly creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation for a cask ale.

O_I have had a few of these here and I have enjoyed them quite a bit. A nice easy drinking ale with a lot of flavor.

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Photo of jmckenna15
1.77/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

It had a great color of a cask ale, maroon, transparent, but not watery, decent head. I was looking forward to it, but when i drank it....it had almost no flavor whatsoever. It was watery, had no real personality, reminded me of dishwater almost. Should've gotten a Stella instead.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From IBS. no BB

An atypical review.... In that this beer is without doubt initially has the least flavour of any beer that I have drunk recently. Light malts only on nose and on palate. However, it is also the first bitter out of a bottle that has just the right mouthfeel for a bitter a la off the hand pump.

So all in all a very mixed bag, however, you could truly drink it all night.

Jury out, go figure, in terms of a numbers review.

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Photo of FLima
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It made 2 fingers of head that vanished quickly. Predominant malty aroma with hints of herbal hops.
Low carbonation with small bubbles.
Flavorful and refreshing taste. Sweet malt with a hint of spices and caramel. Not so bitter. Fast finish with oranges and mild dry. Good smooth beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Darkish amber red colour with a pinky sized, bubbly white head that stays consistent throughout.

A light mix of malts, toffee and bread. Not really much depth to this one but it's not offensive either.

Malts to begin with, there is a little spice in there too and a hint of caramel. There is some fruit too and a little bread. Again the taste is pretty basic and very much like a typical English bitter.

Smooth and slightly sweet with a touch of spice. The carbonation levels are medium and the finish is a slightly dry one.

A basic English bitter here and nothing to get particularly exciting about it. It was an easy drink to consume and goes down well despite being a little plain.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL clear bottle poured into a pint glass.

I have to say, I largely agree with MAB below. Having said that . . .

A: copper-rust in colour, a bit of fizz, low amount of head and lacing

S: grainy with a moderate amount of sweetness, sourness in the nose

T: a very moderate beer in all directions, there is nothing that draws attention to this other than it's inherent mellowness, but even then there are much smoother/mellower English blonde ales

M: mildly carbonated

O: wouldn't turn it down, but wouldn't seek out a bottle of it. Would like to see how the cask version varies.

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Photo of MAB
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer lacks any defining characteristics. If it was pulled one way, towards bitterness, or maltiness, then it would have succeeded better than it does.
Looks like any old pale ale.
Not much aroma at all.
Sweetness VERY slightly overbalances the bitterness.
Carbonation is low; appropriate to style is the best that I can say about it.
The most average beer that I've ever rated on this site!

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Photo of stcules
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light copper colour, with a finger of white fluffy foam, creamy (as in English pump do).
In the nose affects the hop with earthy notes and orange marmalade (perhaps a bit of salty taste), and then something that reminds the redcurrants and the resin feel.
In the mouth the taste is full and sweet (perhaps too), with an earthy hops, and with hints of hazelnut and orange (always jam), perhaps too direct and sharp. In the long run is not as soft as it may seem at first sip.
The aftertaste (rather short) has hints of orange and hazelnut on a malty basis perhaps too pushy, but overall enjoyable.
In the long run could become a little heavy, so to avoid on summer days, but interesting at other times.

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Doom Bar Bitter from Sharp's Brewery
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