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
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
24
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.14%
 
 
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7
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of shivtim
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fosters9
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tigerbrau
3.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 captaincoffee
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a medium head, some lacing, but not much. Nose is muted with some fruity malt and stale earthy hops. Flavor is malt forward, but has an odd sharpness. Not a particularly good flavor, but okay. Overall, not a beer I'd want to have again. I can only assume it is much better on cask. Quite disappointing.

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

Photo of Macamah
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a half-pint glass.

A: Thin and gold. Clear with some creamy head. Boring.

S: Creamy, sourish soft lemons.

T: Deliciously creamy with really nice hops in the background. Expertly balanced. Pleasant mainbody bitterness extends to the lightly drying aftertaste.

M: Nothing special -- moderately substantial, nicely creamy, and dryingly hopped.

O: Eminently drinkable and the epitome of English cask beer. Recommended (more or less).

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

Photo of SABERG
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

L) Deep colour, very slight haze. Nice dense, slightly off-white head.

S) Robust English hops and toffee-like malts.

T) Malt-led, roasted malt flavour is nice, with slight hop bitterness and faint metallic notes in the aftertaste.

F) Nice and refreshing, although the bitterness reduces the refreshment factor slightly.

O) A nice bitter, its not too bitter and well balanced. Recommended to any English bitter fans.

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Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The colour is The colour is copper (25 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is off-white and compact; it sinks slowly leaving some fine lacing.

The strong smell is hoppy (English hops). Bitter herbs, juniper wigs, dried flowers, bitter oranges. Smooth sweet malty notes with lots of caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Dried apricots/peaches.

The taste is smooth with an elegant distinct bitterness. Passing floral notes, some dried fruits, orange peels, toffee, caramel and butterscotch. Medium body. The aftertaste is a bit drier with brown hints of dark bread and brown sugar, dried fruits and a touch of tobacco. The finish is sweet with distinct notes of brown sugar and a hint of salt.

The carbonation is quite strong for the style; lots of mid-sized short-lived bubbles. The liquid is semi-smooth and a bit dry.

Lots of smell and flavours for a 4% ale. Pleasant. Just maybe a bit too bitter.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TGS
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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 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 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 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 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 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

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Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter) from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
4.05 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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