Boltmaker
Timothy Taylor's Brewery

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From:
Timothy Taylor's Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
Bitter - English
Ranked #1
ABV:
4%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,707
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 9.41%
Ratings:
69
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 28, 2022
Added:
Jun 16, 2003
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  12
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: A well-balanced, genuine Yorkshire Bitter, with a full measure of maltiness and hoppy aroma – Boltmaker is first choice for the discerning drinker – on both sides of the Pennines. Formerly known as Best Bitter, Boltmaker has won many awards over the years but most recently it was awarded the CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain in 2014 and Champion Beer of Britain – Bitter category in 2016. The ABV in bottle is 4.2%.
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4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StJamesGate from New York

Clear bright amber with domed off white head that pocks + sticks around; caramel, bread crust, marmalade + pepper on the nose; shortbread, toffee, red pear, spice, orange, thyme and earthy finish; fizzy, slight chew, long bitter linger.

Styrian Goldings, Goldings, Fuggles

4 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25

Has it all going on: the rich Werther's Original maltiness you get from Golden Promise, a bunch of Wyeast 1469 peach + dark cherry esters, then a hit of Styrian herb + Fuggles white pepper with bits of EKG florals plus all the IBUs you could want.
It's a bit earthier on the finish than I really want + I'd like more EKG citrus, but tough to say this isn't a classic pint of bitter.

TT know what they're doing.

Apr 28, 2022
 
4.5 by doctorgary from New York on Feb 20, 2022
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2.87/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by Sigmund from Norway

Cask 1/3 pint, gravity dispense, at the 16th Twickenham Beer & Cider Festival. Copper colour. Sourish aroma, dodgy, not in perfect nick. Tolerably hoppy flavour, but not as good as I hoped.

Jul 18, 2021
Photo of Spike
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Spike from England

500ml bottle.
L: Clear, orange/amber colour with several streams of bubbles and one finger of long-lasting, lumpy, off-white head.
S: Light, clean aroma of caramel and toffee. Wood notes emerge as the beer warms.
T: More caramel plus vintage marmalade in the background and moderately bitter hops reminiscent of stewed tea.
F: Medium body with a refreshing, extra dry finish.
O: Proof that a well-crafted, malty but dry, English bitter will always be the ultimate session ale. Fabulous colour, rich in flavour, full of body and only 4.2% ABV.

Jul 18, 2021
Photo of JonnyGoldsbrough
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JonnyGoldsbrough from England

Review is from bottle, but have had several times on draft. Much of this review will be a comparison to Landlord.
L4 - very very similar in appearance to Landlord. Does not hold head as well.
S4 - has a nose which Landlord lacks. Sweet and malty.
T4 Well balanced and malty.
F4.25 Spot on - medium body, excellent mouthfeel.
O4.25 Very similar to Landlord, head not held as well but better aroma.

May 04, 2020
Photo of James94
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by James94 from England

L: Dark orangey amber in appearance, a good level of head
S: Sweet flapjacks, background of maltiness, hints of bread
T: Toffee, bread, cake, bitterness at the back
F: Quite a lovely feel, well-bodied

O: 4.25

Nov 25, 2019
 
3.6 by fisherbray from Florida on Oct 18, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a deep amber color, with soft, soapy head.

Smell is floral and malty, with a bit of sweetness and notes of grapefruit, white bread crust and a hint of leather.

Taste is crisp, soft and malty with a bit of sweetness, balanced perfectly by a floral bitterness. Notes of grapefruit, herbs and some earthiness. Very refreshing and sessionable.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and well carbonated.

Overall, a brilliant bitter, drinkable, but full of flavor.

Aug 06, 2019
 
3.96 by Beer_Rabbit66 from England on Mar 14, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

Half pour (cask) at York Tap. Medium amber with small creamy head, lots of lacing. Bready, malty aroma. Taste is also like dark bread, cask makes this silky smooth and delicious. Really sublime and superb.

Jun 20, 2018
 
4.37 by TheCrowsEye from California on Mar 16, 2018
 
3.93 by paresis from Massachusetts on Feb 22, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Brolo75 from California

500 ml bottle poured into a tumbler

Pours a murky orange amber color with a bright white creamy head, great retention, slight lacing, and a decent amount of carbonation. Soft notes of citrus, fruit, and spice along with a touch of bready malts, caramel, and toffee, not much on the aroma. Good amount of bitterness on the flavor, citrus and spice notes along with bready malts, caramel and toffee, finish is dry with a good amount of citrus and light green hop note lingering in the finish, very nice. Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation and a very dry finish, creamy smoothness to it that disappears in the finish.

Besides the lack of aroma, I really like this beer, it has a good amount of bitterness but it's not hoppy, great balance of flavors, and it's definitely easier to drink with such a low ABV. Another beer from Timothy Taylor that I'd pick up.

Jan 06, 2018
 
3.61 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Oct 08, 2017
 
3.85 by Casey_L from Texas on Jul 21, 2017
 
4 by avas from New York on Jul 13, 2017
 
4.5 by JavierGC from Spain on Jul 03, 2017
Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by mynie from Maryland

Wonderful ESB pour: medium-dark yellow-orange with a large, fluffy white head. Translucent and lively.

Smells of bready English malt with firm nodes of caramel and toffee and some light European hops. As is expected from such an august brewer, this is quite expertly composed.

Tastes... different, but I grow to love it as the pint progresses. The word "bitter" has such a variable and contextual meaning. To an American pallet in, say, the 1980's, this would have probably seemed undrinkably rough. To a American beer person in the mid 2000's, it would have seem far too tame. But now that American IPA's have turned toward using smoother, fruiter hops, a sessionable English ESB again seems somewhat aggressive.

But only somewhat. This beer is quite delicately composed--it could serve as a wonderful lesson for the legions of American brewers cranking out mediocre "session IPAs" as of late. The grainbill is, gasp, actually used as a source of flavor and complexity. The caramel and toffee start off lightly bitter and grow fruity as the beer progresses, with a bitter and lightly peaty finish bookending the flavor. Very nicely done.

May 31, 2017
 
3.25 by fosters9 from New York on May 19, 2017
 
4.03 by shelby415 from Oregon on Mar 25, 2017
 
4.1 by cwkash from Kentucky on Jan 21, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles that covered nearly all of the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts and butter (from the diacetyl).
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of biscuit and cracker malts and buttery diacetyl along with notes of fruity yeast. There is a light amount of bitterness. Hints of mineral water are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For an English Bitter, this beer is extremely tasty. It is a very good representation of the style and is perfectly sessionable given its low alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 14, 2017
 
4.01 by CMC73 from Oregon on Dec 16, 2016
 
3.59 by Macamah from England on Dec 10, 2016
 
3.56 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts on Nov 30, 2016
 
3.32 by Tigerbrau from Louisiana on Oct 29, 2016
 
4.09 by windowside from Germany on Oct 27, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by tbryan5 from Louisiana

A- Pours a medium reddish gold with minimal head.
S- Biscuit malts, bread, some slight esters.
T- Bready with a nice amount of bitterness. Bitter malt.
M- Well balanced, medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.
D- Probably one of the best examples of the style I have ever had.

Oct 03, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by jzlyo from Iowa

Aroma is fruit/mild berries and English/biscuit malts. The flavor is fruit, English malts/ale yeast, slightly nutty/toffee and a mix of tart and bitter in the finish.

Sep 24, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by oberon from North Carolina

Pours into a nonic a clear copper color with a thinner white head atop,good color clarity.Buttered toast and hard water notes in the nose,faint earth is detected as well.Sublime flavors for a bitter...spot on,buttered toast and caramel up front with earthy dryness in the finish,that hard water element is there thru the finish.It's a little thin and sharp but man what a sociable bitter,the best of the style I have had.

Sep 10, 2016
 
4 by PatrickCairns from England on Jul 29, 2016
 
3.73 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Jul 29, 2016
 
4.5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jul 24, 2016
Photo of Smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Stamp code L5253 19:15 whatever that means who knows.

Deep copper orange and red, with a resemblance of a crystal clear body but not quite. Not hazy, but an interesting opaqueness to the clarity, with a fine sense of middle carbonation slightly which is surprising. Frothy and thick chunky head, off tan almost orange in color in a way, easily making three solid fingers and a clump thick retention with some very big bubbles. Real nice and neat looking brew.

Toasty malts with an excellent sweet bakery sense. Big amounts of sweet cookie and a mild floral sweetness to go along with it. Muted brown sugar tones mix in with the malt quality as well, there might even be a bit of green herb poking out slightly. Real impressive aroma for a bitter. A faint dry brown bread crust even pops out with all the thick and light toffee quality as well, very nice.

Palate manages excellent flavor. A real neat malt profile in the mid palate, light brown sugar with a biscuit warmth and actually dry slightly pine hop bent. Finishes with big toasty dryness and accented with hop bitterness that gets even a little earthy and tea warm. Toasty angle gets into a lot of nutty flavors, almost hazelnut tasting, but with a noticeable bitter sting. Mouthfeel and flavor comes off real light but supportive, and even a bit mineral as well. Bold but light. Session sensing, but full of rich flavors.

There's a lot of complex qualities going on here for a bitter, a real nice rewarding brew to partake in. Great brew.

Jul 20, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by damndirtyape from Ohio

500mL bottle served in a Tulip Stout glass. Date stamp L5253 19:16

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper-amber color. Thin off-white foam with some fine strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Light aroma of some fruity esters and leafy hops. Not a lot though.

Taste: Very nice. Perfect balance of malt and English-style bittering hops. Just a hint of metal at the finish. Full flavored from start to finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, slick, with some stickiness to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very solid example of an English bitter. Simple but a very good example of the style. I would love to try this on Cask and see how it is different. I could easily have another of these - very drinkable.

Jul 11, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and some citrus. Then a mild hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Jun 25, 2016
 
4.69 by palmereloh from Ohio on Jun 25, 2016
 
4.19 by steverx8 from England on Jun 05, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass, 50deg.
A - Distressed copper color, the occasional meandering sphere wanders upward. A quick pour yields a creamy
white cap.
S - Caramel, toffee, warm earth, slightly vegetal.
T - Light toasted malt, brown sugar, grassy notes, and a nice tight hops bite.
M - Medium in body, appropriately carbonated, silky in feel, and a nice lingering finish.
O - A delightful ESB, well constructed, and a joy to experience.
CHeers

May 31, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by pathman from Ohio

4/28/16

Apr 30, 2016
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