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:
#5,979
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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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Casey_L
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avas
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 fosters9
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shelby415
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of CMC73
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Macamah
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chico1985
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Tigerbrau
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of tbryan5
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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 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 oberon
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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 PatrickCairns
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beaulabauve
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 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 damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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

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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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