Pours a dark mahogany colour. Small head that fades slowly and clings to the glass. A little carbonation is visible in the red depths.
First sip: sweet malt, with some caramel and hops bitterness up front, with a lingering mild bitterness. There is a dark toast lurking around in the background. The malt becomes more dominant as the glass warms.
Mouth feel is a little watery but smooth, with a nice tingle of carbonation on the tongue.
This is most definitely an English Bitter, the sort of beer that is best when Not Refrigerated. It is beers like this that the Campaign For Real Ale is campaigning for. When you watch Time Team and Phil is drinking a bitter in the pub, this is the sort of beer he is drinking. This beer brings back memories of eating scampy and chips in front of a fire in an old pub, while it's sleeting outside. I have, in fact, tried this one before in what is arguably Britain's oldest pub*.But that was from a tap while this is a bottle. The tap bitter is definitely better.
Jeez, I miss good English pubs with yummy Real Ale.
Bombardier Premium Bitter
Wells & Young's Ltd
Same again, sir? Yes!
*And there are lots of arguments about that.