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

Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter)Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter)
BA SCORE
83.9%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 56 ratings
Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter)Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter)
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
Ranking:
#5,971
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
56
Liked:
47
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
9.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

4/28/16

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Photo of palmereloh
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of champ103
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
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 Lemreway16
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Along with other comments on this fine bitter I am a fan of Landlord and when told Tesco stocked Taylors Best Bitter I was forced under cover of darkness to visit their wretched establishment but it was worth it what an excellent beer.

It has an excellent bite, flavour and refreshment I love from English Ales and Beers. Must some when try it on draught where I am sure it will be suburb.

Well recommend this beer to anyone seeking a proper English beer.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JavierGC
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Solid amber colour with ample streaming CO2 that helps support an impressive head of tight foam with what can only be described as amazing retention. This beer looks classy elegant even.

Smell - The aroma of burnt caramel (And I mean that in a good way) is very evident. there is also some mild chocolate toffee and a little light prune and raisin in the mix here. The hop is mild to subdued in the aroma rather than assertive.

Taste - Bitter pine and coffee hop suddenly assert themselves in the mix here helping to balance out the sweet burnt brown sugar/caramel malts. There was also a tiny hint of sulphur in the burnt elements of the taste but this did not range towards the egg end of the scale more the spent match head side of things. Finally this beer supported some fabulous wine like elements rich grape flavours come through with the same perfect bitter sweet balance you would expect from a perfect well made red.

MF - The finish is suitably drying and the linger is fantastic. There is also a full bodied and creamy drinking experience that to me is very pleasing.

Overall - A good beer with an exceptional malt hop balance that is very drinkable and is one of the best I have had in the style. I like this beer very much and not just because I share a name with it...

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Photo of imbibehour
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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 teddibrewski
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost rosé in colour.
T: White bread, biscuits and a slight nuttiness balanced with some English hops. Pretty creamy. Dry, with no caramel character. Mild citrus in the finish. Has that woody antiques cabinet quality I like.
O: One dimensional from the bottle. Superb on cask.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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 EdmundBlackadder
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Siedzikd
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Giuseppina
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of steverx8
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pcbnumber1
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdagnew
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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 vinicole
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cwkash
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of windowside
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter) from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
Beer rating: 83.9% out of 100 with 56 ratings
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