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Black Country Bitter

Rating: 2.35

I opted for a pint of Black Country Bitter to continue on from my other recent cask ale review & decided I couldn’t really go that far wrong at £1.90 a pint. The beer featured in the JD Wetherspoon Spring 2001 beer festival and is “dominated by hops, giving a tantalisingly fresh character”. I suspect this one could be a real hit or miss, if it’s good it’s be great & if not then I’ll be lucky to finish it I feel.

Appearance (3/5): A light amber colour that is pretty transparent & is topped by a pinky-sized foamy, white head that is reduced to a soapy lacing after a minute or two.
Aroma (6/10): A grainy & fruity aroma that has hints of dark summer fruits and a little toffee too. It contains some citrus & grassy hops too but not a lot. The aroma is a pleasant one.
Taste (4/10): The taste is a warm one that is slightly fruity although it’s not as strong as in other ales. The bitter finish is a mild one that is enjoyable but the flavour is lacking somewhat & as a whole the pint is not too great.
Palate (2/5): This is a warm & smooth pint that has a medium bodied & feels quite thick as it is drunk. Not ideal.

Overall (7/20): Not a pleasant ale if I’m honest, it is pretty straightforward & lacking in flavour. In addition to this the pint felt slightly too warm & was definitely too thick feeling for my liking. Not one I would recommend.

Brewed In: Dudley, England
Brewery: Holdens Brewery Limited
First Brewed: Brewery since 1978
Also Known As: Holdens Golden Pale Ale
Type: Bitter/English Pale Ale
Abv: 3.9%
Serving: Cask (Pint)
Purchased:  The Malt (Wetherspoons), Wishaw, Scotland
Price: £1.90

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