This is an interesting beer and outside of the pub in London, I have not tasted anything close to a real English bitter beer, until the CSB. It pours from a 22oz. bottle a medium copper (bitter) color and has a fairly foamy two inch head that dissipates slowly. The initial aroma is very much a bitter beer to me â€“ bready, sour, and a bit of malt. The initial taste follows through and has that keg conditioned, bitter burnt toast flavor that, as I indicated, have only had in English bitter beers. This very much reminds of one of my favorite bitter beers that I had in London called â€œNicholsonâ€™s Best Bitter.â€ Donâ€™t know if they even make it any longer, but it was my favorite bitter when I haunted London in years past. The company says itâ€™s â€œcrisp yet maltyâ€ and that is it. It has that nice light crisp, fizzy overtone with just enough malt and just enough hop bitterness â€“ the malt doesnâ€™t overwhelm the hops and you can actually taste them. Many reviewers online claim it doesnâ€™t taste like a bitter, either they are wrong, or I am. But wonder how many have tasted authentic English Bitter beer? For the style, it is, to me, much better than the imported British brews â€“ the Fullerâ€™s ESB, etc.
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