Courage Directors Bitter | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Courage Directors BitterCourage Directors Bitter

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews by Dentist666:
Photo of Dentist666
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear dark copper beer with excellent off-white head, leaving some nice laces. Aroma isn't zesty, grassy hops and malt to be easily contradistinguished. Moderate malt body with plain bitter finish, I have felt elusive apricot (or peach) note right before hops. The beer is crisp, but faceless. I'm slightly disappointed

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Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle with a BB date stamp of 14 Dec. 2015.

Poured deep red-amber with a decent sized head that displayed poor retention and only left a few spots of lacing.

Feel: near full bodied with medium carbonation.

Flavor: lightly hops such that the hops are obvious but the ale is just mildly bitter and about equally malty and hoppy.

O: amber ale meets ESB

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Photo of rastaman
1.3/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Like the regular best, this is very bland. Smooth sweet palate, very, very simple and boring, i'm sorry, i really don't have much to say about this one, one dimentional, also had a slight off-fruit character.

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Photo of JohnW
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember having this beer in local bars in my area of Birmingham UK in the 1970s when many pubs in the area were either Ansells or M&B owned, and were forced to swap some pubs for other brewers in the big shake up about Monopolies and drinkers not being given much choice of beer. I remember I was not much keen on it at first, having been on a diet of Ansells (ugh!!) and M&B bitter (how my tastes have changed since!!) though I grew to enjoy it over a few weeks. Having had it again recently, was surprised it seemed to have changed little from how I remember it, and for (as Mark says in here) a beer by one of the big bad boys of UK brewing, its not a bad drink, acceptable when no other decent beer or guest available. Reasonable balance between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness, making it easy to drink and would make a good session beer, not being too strong. Certainly one to try if you have not had it before. Never had it from a can or bottle so cannot compare it to the cask version.

John W
Bham UK

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can - a sort of surprising entry to the Alberta market for the typically 'once-in-a-while' English import segment.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some disintegrating ice shelf lace around the glass as things lazily sink away.

It smells of grainy and biscuity pale malt, muddled dark orchard fruity notes (prunes and raisins, predominately), a hint of wayward son yeastiness, and some sassy leafy, weedy, and grassy noble green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some further indistinct black stone fruitiness, a touch of peppery spice, faded yeasty esters, and more testy earthy, floral, and dead grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly pervasive in its come-hither frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of smooth, with a wee airy creaminess settling in as things start to warm up a bit out of the ol' basement frigo. It finishes off-dry, the base malt holding tight, amongst the lingering spicy and hoppy intransigence.

Overall, this is a fairly enjoyable English bitter, the hops doing well to elicit some New World elan, in addition to their inherent old-school qualities. I'm a bit taken by this one, even as its ABV seems typically strangled, as such. Easy to drink, and worthy of sessioning, if I were ever to find myself in a pub situation where the default were a given.

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Photo of Foxchop
1.92/5  rDev -44.7%

Photo of frontalot
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a slowly fading white head.
Nose shows a lot of sweet raisins, bready malt, toffee and subtle nutty notes, but unfortunately a metallic not is also just noticeable.
More sweet bready malt as a flaovur, along with figs and nutty notes. Then it all goes downhill with a boring, metallic bitterness that makes up the short-lived, faint finish.
Carbonation is high, the body seems watery!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of the first bitter that I drank. Pourred an amber brew with a nice foamy head on top of it. Taste is bitter (would have expected more bitterness) and a little bit fruity. No spice are overly detectable. Would be curious to try some more bitter. Would drink this again...

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light toffee color with a small off-white head. Lots of spots of lace on the glass.
Aroma of toffee, slight se water smell and some nuttiness.
Flavor was very malt, both on start and finish.
Mouthfeel is sickly sweet on the front and finish. Hops are light and perfumy and didn't really cut the malty sweetness enough.
Drinkability is too sweet, just not that enjoyable. Little bit above average.

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Photo of myszmen
4.4/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My brother-in-low bought me a bottle in Liverpool.
Appereance: great color, typical. 3 min head only.
Smell: caramel, fruity
taste: good balanced, quite hoppy, really good
Mouthfeel: (lack of words, i'm working on it)
drinkability: my best beer in this week, i wish i had six-pack of these
Sorry for my English. This is my first review i hope it's not my last

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Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of tatterdash
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank this pretty much at room temp in a mug. Pours a very nice mahogany with a slightly off white head. Smell was some fruit and roasted malt, with a taste to match. Nice lingering hoppy aftertaste, and a very thin mouthfeel that it common for the style. If I had to drink 3 of this as a muscle relaxant to survive transport to the Vogan ship, I'd make it 6 pints, and cry when I knew the world (and this bitter) was gone.

"Drink up Arthur, the world's about to end."

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Photo of Rwalford74
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hand pulled pint in my nearest pub (Park Inn, Wellington, Shropshire) on 11th May 2012.

Amber body, clear and handsome looking: off-white head of foam sat on top.

When ever I’ve had this beer (many times over the years) it has never had a great aroma: no matter who was brewing it at the time. Malts foremost with hints of fruity hops is what I got this time, which is more or less what I remember from other tastings.

Malts lead the way in the taste too: with the hops and yeast coming along nicely in the background. Fruity biscuits; lightly baked with a finish of mildly bittering hops. Easy to drink and a standard ‘Best Bitter’; never been a favourite but nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of Drummermean
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of CigarInspector
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at the Collingwood Arms in Jesmond.

Appearance: Pale amber color, some haziness. Creamy white head that laces quite well over the course of the session.

Aroma: Pungent earthy hop tones blend quite well with a pungent American hop character of grapefruit. Some toastiness comes through as well.

Taste: Initial flavor of American (Centennial or Cascade) blends to a more characteristic English hoppiness. Slight diacetyl yields some toffee hints to the malt character. Proper cellaring does this brew a world of good, bringing out some of the yeasty fruitiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Balance leans a bit more towards the bitter side, but still good.

Drinkability: Easy drinker, but the more harsh bitter character and higher abv make it less suitable for a true session.

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Photo of leginsh
4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of joecast
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

my weakness for english bitters got the best of me when i saw this one. here goes.

very nice copper color. clear with low carbonation. thin lightly tanned creamy head leaves some nice lacing.

slight medicinal aroma is mostly what im getting. even letting this warm and giving it a swirl isnt getting much aroma out of it. a bit of malt sweetness, but uninspiring otherwise.

in spte of the mild aroma, the flavor comes through with what it needs. nice soft malt and hop presence which blend seamlessly. malt sweetness fills the palate and is washed away with a smooth bitterness. very nice and superbly balanced.

a very nice beer only let down by the awol aroma.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Back in the day, I recall Courage having a brewery in or around Reading. Although mostly schlock (sp?) beer in the manner of Watneys and Ind Coope (cringe) the Directors was a serious draft beer.

Have to admit, although decent alcohol level, in the bottle form and in its current brewing, it does not excite. Fairly run-of-the-mill bitter with moderate head after pouring, some malty, hoppy components. It's not awful; but it's not really interesting either: plenty of others to choose from.

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Courage Directors Bitter from Wells & Young's Ltd
3.47 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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