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Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter) | Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
England, United Kingdom
timothy-taylor.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Renamed in 2012 from "Best Bitter" to "Boltmaker".

http://www2.beerguild.co.uk/?p=2776

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 06-15-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
46
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
13.58%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 46
Reviews by Oakenator:
Photo of Oakenator
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cool Timothy Taylor pint glass with a handle. Appearance is a deep gold color with a thin head. Mild carbonation but nice lacing Is present on the glass. Smell is somewhat generic - typical bitter with some hops present. Taste reveals a stronger hop taste almost leaning towards a nice pale ale vs a bitter. Definitely sessionable and a nice experience.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of PatrickCairns
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep copper with an active white head. Moderate activity.

Smell: Pungent caramel malts, sweet toffee, slight roasted nuts, and whole wheat bread.

Taste: Sweet bread malts on the attack followed by mild sweet toffee, dried brown figs, raisins, more rich caramel malt, and an earthy hop finish.

Feel: Light-medium body. Finish has a light pleasant bitterness. Infinitely drinkable.

Overall: Clean and easy drinking with no detriment to flavor. An exemplary English bitter

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a light copper color, with a tight half inch head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like earthy tea, grassy hops, and a hint of toasty, bready malt.

This really has a lot going on for only being 4% ABV. It's got a clean, distinct tea-like bitterness, with a firm bready malt backbone. It's pretty hoppy, floral and tea-like, basically exactly what I expect from English hop character. I could drink loads of this stuff. Delicious.

This is medium bodied, pretty full for the lower ABV, with a good level of carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel.

Since I don't always dig cask beers, I'm glad I got to try this here in the US in bottles. It was quite nice.

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Photo of palmereloh
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Jersey CAMARA beer festival. Pours a clear medium orange amber colour with a frothy head which leaves good lacing from a mostly lasting, off-white head. Aromas of malt, caramel and traces of fruit & nut. Tastes has light biscuity malts, with some hints of dark fruit and caramel. Leading to a creamy mouth feel with a light bitter finish. Overall a very good pint.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of vinicole
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

4/28/16

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled And picked up from Tesco
bitter tasting bitter, a bog standard bitter. This isn't an insult, an average English Bitter is still a good thing.

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Photo of slimntubbs
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of mdagnew
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Tesco...

Poured a bright coppery orange colour... Slightly off white head poured nice and thick then faded quickly to thin layer.... No real lacing and no carbonation...

Aroma - Nice lightly toasted biscuity malts, light toffee sweetness, some nuttiness, nice fruitiness (oranges, figs, some apples), bready, some faint spicy hops, some hay hints, some faint wet dog aromas !!

Taste – Light biscuity malts, toasted bread, nice light spicy / grassy hops, light caramel / toffee sweetness, nice juicy fruits (apples and bitter oranges, light figs), some saltiness...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... Light / medium body... Very refreshing and quaffable and at 4.2% a supremely good session beer...

Overall - An excellent example of an English bitter and a nice find in Tesco.... Very drinkable... Recommended...

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Photo of Nctide
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of baklo
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teddibrewski
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beaulabauve
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, neutral amber color. Decent head that lasts. Some good streaks on the glass for lace.

Sweet caramel aroma predominantly, almost like a candy apple. There's faint floral aroma in the background.

It's starts off creamy. Rich, not-so-sweet, caramel base. Thick mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation level. The hop is far more distinct in the taste but not harsh. The aftertaste is rather well balanced.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of champ103
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On cask at various places around Aberdeen, and even Norwich while traveling for work.

A: Pours a clear light copper/orange color. A two finger, tightly packed white head forms with good retention. Sticky lace is left behind, all the way down the glass. Looks like a damn good bitter.
S: Sweet malt, slightly fruity, with a lingering hoppy floral aroma. Simple, delicate, and very inviting.
T: Sweet malt with a nice fruity flavor up front. Apples and pears are what I get. Almost cider like. A lingering floral hoppy flavor with some bitterness. Stunning in its simplicity and enjoyment.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation. Not watery at all. So smooth and creamy. Beautifully clean as well. This is a session beer, no doubt. Really easy to drink. I can drink this all day, and have on occasions.

I finally get to experience cask beer in the UK. This is an excellent bitter throughout. A perfect example of what the style should be and why the mass market nitro beers are so inferior in the states. Not only highly recommended, but one of my favorites anywhere.

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Photo of windowside
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chico1985
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter) from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
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