Wickwar Wessex Brewing – Bob 4.0%
This is a chestnut coloured ale with a malty aromas. It has a good malty taste with a bitter background.
This is a chestnut coloured ale with a rich malty and fruity lychee aroma. It has a barley wine taste and an amber coloured head. It is bitter with sweet marmalade notes and a malty follow-on.
This ale is brewed with 5 different malts and 5 hop varieties.
This is the Best Bitter ale from Cheddar Ales brewed in Cheddar, Somerset. It is an Amber coloured ale with a malty aroma. The ale has a hop bitter taste with strong grapefruit notes. Challenger bittering hops, related to Northdown and Northern Brewer, add the citrus grapefruit taste. Compare to their ever popular Potholer Bitter.
This is a chestnut red coloured ale with good malt aromas. It has a rich toasted malt taste with toffee sweetness notes and a following hop bitter finish.
Otter Brewery is based near Honiton in the Blackdown Hills in east Devon. Named after the local river bank mammals in the area!
This is a golden ale with malty aromas. The taste has malt and sweet orange notes, and a following hop bitterness. A rather light coloured ale for a typical Christmas beer but had orange warmth. Overall it tastes like a darker ale.
This is a darker chestnut coloured ale, which comes with rich malty and toffee aromas. The taste is a good full bodied malty ale and is an excellent English bitter. My 5* rating. Surprisingly this ale is 3.8%, as I would have expected it to be around 4.5 or so.
Barnsley Bitter was traditionally locally brewed, and in the past was brewed by Courage, now long defunct. It is good to find such a good version of this traditional northern bitter ale, brewed in Barnsley, which was fortunately on tap at my local micro pub – Just Ales in Wells. Do look out for this ale.
Acorn Brewery, Barnsley, Yorkshire
This is a dark chestnut ale, with a good malt aroma. The taste is malty with a bitter follow on. I would place this ale between a Bitter and an IPA in taste, well hopped with a dry bitter finish.
This is a chestnut coloured ale, with a good malt and hop aroma balance. It has a rich hop and malt taste of a good English bitter.
This is a golden coloured ale, with malt, coffee and biscuit aroma notes. The ale starts with sweet taste notes with a following hop bitterness.