Friday, July 22, 2011

Middle Ages Beast Bitter

I haven't reviewed a beer by the Middle Ages brewery since SEASON 1! I explain what might account for this in the video. Anyway, it's been a while since I reviewed an English (-style) beer and the Beast Bitter is an ESB (not just a regular bitter).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (642) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2011
I poured a 12oz bottle into an English pint glass.

Appearance: Very hazy complexion with shade of dark orange/light brown. Forms a huge white foamy head even with a gentle pour. Fantastic lacing and retention.

Smell: Mostly malty, especially cereal and toast with light floral bouquet and hint of citrus.

Taste: Very similar to a traditional English ESB with the cereal maltiness throughout the palate. Begins with a slightly sharp, almost tangy, dry bitterness which gives way to slight fruit sensation and significant toffee flavor. Seems a little more hop forward than your average ESB, then again this is an American beer so it’s intended for a different audience. Hops impart a slight citrusy flavor on the finish, but are mostly overshadowed by the cereal and toast flavors that dominate the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness and slightly lighter body presence. Some carbonation noticeable. Refreshing while in the mouth.

Drinkability: At 5.3% ABV this is certainly a sessionable brew, as it drinks like the traditional British pub ales that no doubt inspired it. Very smooth finish and a slightly dry aftertaste with a hint of tang, but nothing cloying (which is immediately quenched by the next swig, anyway).

Overall, a decent American take on the English style. Nothing amazing, but certainly satisfying.

Grade: 7/10

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