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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
173
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
30.68%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 173
Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant surprise! Poured with a small light tan to cream colored head with lots of lace. Color is a very clear medium amber. Aroma is woody, leather, hoppy, a little malt, and earthy. Flavor's similar to aroma and with richer malt plus a good malt sweetness to hop bitterness balance. Great British hop character. Very good beer. Excellent finish. Clean. Definitely a session.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had in the Victoria Arms pub, Brentwood, Essex, UK recently.

Pours with a nice head, into a regular pint glass.

Smell is nice, more malty than hoppy, how a bitter should be.

Tastes perfect for a bitter, not strong, very well balanced and extremely drinkable.

This is a true british session beer.

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Photo of Daredevil
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a CAMRA beer of the year (2004) award is promising, but also raises the bar of expectations .... but this brew doesn't need to hide itself... medium bodied but fully flavored and balanced, resinous spices overshadowed by a palate of succulent dried figs and mangos ... great cornish ale ....

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Station Inn, Whitby... pint served at cellar temperature...

Poured a light coppery orange colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and foamy then faded to light layer... light lacing

Aroma - Light caramel malts, nice biscuity notes, fruity (oranges, apples, light figs), buttery, light nuttiness, some light fruity hops, faint rubberiness...

Taste - Nice spicy and herbal hop bitterness, light biscuity and caramel malts, grassy, some grapefruit notes, citrus fruits, light saltiness..

Feel - Quite smooth initially but with a little sharpness underneath. Light bodied. Pretty drinkable - would make a pretty good session beer...

Overall - A pretty good beer... nothing ground breaking but very drinkable... worth a try...

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
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 Roguer
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask.

Dark, cola-colored brew, with a creamy beige head.

Mild aroma: fruitcake and dark bread.

Toffee, toast, and caramel; biscuit and brown sugar; cola and prunes; restrained bitterness with slight hints of grass and pine. Malt focused; a touch sweet, but fairly balanced.

Smooth, very drinkable.

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Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thin white head. Head thins to a wisp, but leaves lacing.

The smell is of buttered biscuit with tea leaf, slight orange. It has a pleasantly inviting aroma.

The taste is of buttered biscuit with some sweetness and a touch of herbal bitterness and slightly orange-y tartness in the finish.

It is velvety smooth and pleasant.

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Photo of sleazo
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
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 FLima
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +10%
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 wl0307
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this beer alongside Sharp's Cornish Coaster at the Pakenham Arms pub on Calthorpe St., London.

A: light amber hued, with great clarity, a nice thin foamy head leaving very tight lacing along the way. Very low carbonated.
S: lightly apple-ish aromatic and earthy hoppyness with a touch of hay, in fact the nose is blocked by the hoppy entry and couldn't pick up any assertive maltiness. But the pronounced hoppyness is kept to a simplistic level and not overdone.
T: citrusy hoppyness (lemon peel) on the palate, on top of slightly biscuity malts--more citrusy+tannic characters to follow, like orange seeds, with a vinous touch as well, leading to an herbal hoppyness in the good lingering deep bitter finish.
M&D: light-bodied and very lively-textured. It's a easy-drinking standard bitter that is not to excite but to quench one's thirst. Good quality though.

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Photo of BigGold
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
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 woosterbill
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handpump halfpint at the Volunteer.

A: Clear, dark amber body with a 1/2" head of creamy off-white foam. Nice retention and lacing. Attractive ale.

S: Piney, herbal, and aromatic, with good interplay of hops and biscuity malt. Good intensity, but also good balance.

T: Biscuity malt dominates here, with the grassy, herbal hops taking a (far) back seat. Smooth, but not as complex as the aroma promised.

M: Smooth and soft with low, understated carbonation. Pleasant.

O: This beer was on cask seemingly everywhere in London, and it's just about as boring and crowd-pleasing as that fact suggests. I wish the hops had been as prominent in the flavor as they were in the aroma, but sweetness aside this was a thoroughly decent, drinkable session beer. Worth trying.

Cheers!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/19/10 notes. Had on cask at The Wellington in London.

a - Pours an amber color with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of grain, bready malts, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes bitter, and of caramel and bready malts.

m - Medium body and no carbonation.

d - A nice ESB I was glad I got to try. Pretty generic overall but enjoyable. Would drink again.

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Photo of rarbring
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark hazy amber beer, an off-white head, leaving good lacing.

The smell is rather weak, mainly some grass notes, fresh and dry, from the hops.

The taste is from sweet bread, green apples accompanied by a good bitterness.

Low carbonation, soft with small bubbles, a dry finish.

Good taste and refreshing, i.e. a good beer. On-tap at The Porcupine at Charing Cross Rd.

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Photo of soju6
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Served a dark amber with a nice head and lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with fresh grain mixed in. Smells inviting.

T: Has a nice bitterness with some malt sweetness. Finish is quite dry with just a touch of bitterness.

F: Light body, smooth and refreshing.

O: Good session beer. Not overwhelming but was well worth trying.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Lucky Shag in Perth.

Pours a deep, slighty hazed bronze colour, with a off-which but creamy English head. Beautiful lace forms as this collapses. Looks good.

Nose is quite mild, with a touch of earthy organic English hops and some deep, hidden but relatively sweet malt and a touch of minerals. Nice enough. Mild, but nice.

Taste is also smooth and mild without ever offering much more than that. Bit of malt sweetness coming through but very minimal body and an earthy finish. Feel is exceptionally thin for what it is.

It's drinkable enough, and decent enough. Not huge, but smooth and quaffable.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
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 djura
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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 metter98
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Beginner2
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 heygeebee
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
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 rizzo
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like the Cornish Coaster, I really enjoyed this one from Sharp's. Had this out of a gravity fed cask at the Bree Louise near Euston Station. Dark amber in colour, with plenty of resinous hop aroma and flavour. Big malt backing and full mouth feel. It being a rare sunny day in London and the beer a little warmer than an Aussie is use to, I found the 4% alcohol less drinkable than some of the other Ales I sampled.

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Photo of jonb5
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint, dark brown mahogany colour, hazy. No head. Had a sweet wheaty smell. Some kentish or sussex hops.Tasted very slightly of cherries. Medium bitter, not too sweet. Medium mouthfull, no real fiz decent bitter to session, but not complex. Overall good.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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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