Barbarian's Best Bitter | Celtic Bayou

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Celtic Bayou
Washington, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jreitman on 08-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Reviews by xoqx:
Photo of xoqx
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came highly recommended by some close friends who are very knowledgeable about beer. It lived up to this reputation.

Appearance: the brew was dark amber with a white, one finger head that diminished to a ring and light lacing after a minute.

Smell: When it arrived, I noticed a floral, fruity nose, with almost berry-like hints

Taste: This was extraordinary for the style. Immediately, the malt comes to the fore and totally outpaces the hops, which seems unusual for a strong bitter. That said, there’s a long finish and the hops bring up the rear with a splendid bitter finish. However, they recede on the palate short of the complex hop character in the same brewery’s IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium, crisp.

Drinkability: I think this is unusually drinkable for the style. I definitely could drink several of these in any weather.

 852 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body was a nice, brownish-orange in color. I had this on-tap and the glass was filled so I really can’t comment on the head, but what little there was pooled nicely.

Smell – This one has a small but noticeable malt base and a subtle but distinctive piney hop kick.

Taste – As fellow BA “lubricated” noted at the pub, this is more in between a Pale Ale and an IPA than it is a traditional bitter. There are some bitter notes, but mostly what I got is a sharp but very smooth hoppy profile with a modest malt compliment. Very good.

Mouthfeel – This one was good and dry and probably medium in the body.

Drinkability – This was a very entertaining beer and went well with the spicy Cajun food that I was having at the time.

 757 characters

Photo of jreitman
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(at brewpub) Hoppy and floral nose. Amber in color with a lacy white head. Hop flavors throughout with some underlying malt sweetness that helps bring the beer to a near perfect balance. Some citrus (pineapple) flavors, but they are very subdued.

 249 characters

Barbarian's Best Bitter from Celtic Bayou
4.23 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.