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Larkins Best Bitter

PubAddressLast Visit Seen
The RockChiddingstone Hoath, Kent16 Jun 2019
Larkins' AlehouseCranbrook, Kent04 Aug 2018
The Dog and BellDeptford, Greater London23 Dec 2016
Castle InnChiddingstone, Kent06 Sep 2014
Ypres Castle InnRye, East Sussex16 Aug 2014
Good IntentWest Farleigh, Kent23 Aug 2013
Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival 2013Dover, Kent24 May 2013
The Kings ArmsOffham, Kent17 Nov 2012
East Malling Beer & Cider Festivals 2012 and 2013East Malling, Kent01 Sep 2012
Smugglers Ale House (formerly The Black Pig)Hawkhurst, Kent03 Apr 2012
The Man of Kent Ale HouseRochester, Kent04 Dec 2011
The Hatch InnColemans Hatch, East Sussex26 Nov 2011
Rose & CrownHalstead, Kent11 May 2011
The Lifeboat Ale & Cider HouseMargate, Kent22 Apr 2011
East Malling Beer & Cider Festival 2010East Malling, Kent04 Sep 2010
The Butchers ArmsHerne, Kent11 Jul 2009
The Bull InnBenenden, Kent02 Jul 2009
Kent Beer Festival 2006Canterbury, Kent20 Jul 2006
Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival 2006Dover, Kent27 May 2006
Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival 2005Dover, Kent27 May 2005

Tasting Summary

These comments are the opinion of the individual reviewer and represent what they thought of the beer on a particular day in a particular pub. If a review is less favourable, it may be because the beer suffered somewhere in the supply chain between them and the brewery.

The Rock, Chiddingstone Hoath, Kent

WhoScoreWhenNotes
WittendenExceptional16 Jun 2019 If I could only drink one Best Bitter this would be it.Mellow, reassuring, hedgerow fruit.Classic,and not often seen, unfortunately.
AndrewExcellent10 Feb 2007 Caramel brown peaty low tanin bitter with a wide mouth feel and a low caramel earty bitter finish

Larkins' Alehouse, Cranbrook, Kent

WhoScoreWhenNotes
WittendenNot Tried04 Aug 2018

The Dog and Bell, Deptford, Greater London

WhoScoreWhenNotes
AndrewExcellent23 Dec 2016 Quality bitter

Castle Inn, Chiddingstone, Kent

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WittendenExceptional06 Sep 2014 I'd not tried this before:dark amber,mellow with robust hoppiness.Hedge fruit.Autumnal.A classic.

Ypres Castle Inn, Rye, East Sussex

WhoScoreWhenNotes
AndrewNot Tried16 Aug 2014 Went off as he poured it.
Philip PirripAcceptable20 Sep 2013 Too fresh I reckon so lacking bitterness and head retention

Good Intent, West Farleigh, Kent

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PedroNot Tried23 Aug 2013

Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival 2013, Dover, Kent

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MickNot Tried24 May 2013

The Kings Arms, Offham, Kent

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PedroExcellent17 Nov 2012

East Malling Beer & Cider Festivals 2012 and 2013, East Malling, Kent

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oz11Not Tried01 Sep 2012

Smugglers Ale House (formerly The Black Pig), Hawkhurst, Kent

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thebrewingmanExcellent03 Apr 2012

The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester, Kent

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AlenomoreNot Tried04 Dec 2011

The Hatch Inn, Colemans Hatch, East Sussex

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TrevorGood26 Nov 2011

Rose & Crown, Halstead, Kent

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ChrisEAcceptable11 May 2011
Magnus GreelGood11 May 2011

The Lifeboat Ale & Cider House, Margate, Kent

WhoScoreWhenNotes
AndrewNot Tried22 Apr 2011

East Malling Beer & Cider Festival 2010, East Malling, Kent

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AlenomoreNot Tried04 Sep 2010

The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

WhoScoreWhenNotes
KenExceptional11 Jul 2009 A rich mellow fruitfulness unique to the Larkins Brewery. It's claimed, in some quarters, that rather like Prince Charles, Roger has long meaningful conversations with his hops during the growing season.
GlynExceptional23 Jun 2009 Bit young but still excellent
GlynExceptional19 Jun 2009 This beer will contend as one of my "best" bitters, full of flavour and packs a punch as well, what more do you want. Can we have some more please?
GlynExceptional10 Jun 2009
GlynExceptional20 May 2009 What a find, fruity and full of flavour with a bit of a kick
BlairExceptional14 May 2009 This blew me away. Easily the best bitter I've ever tasted. Fantastically rich and complex. Malty, fruity, chocolatey, it's got it all.

The Bull Inn, Benenden, Kent

WhoScoreWhenNotes
AngieNot Tried02 Jul 2009

Kent Beer Festival 2006, Canterbury, Kent

WhoScoreWhenNotes
AndrewAcceptable20 Jul 2006 Bit lively and fizzy. Dark rich syrup with storng base-bitter finish
BrianGood20 Jul 2006 Again nice and fresh. Mid brown bitter with good strength bitterness.

Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival 2006, Dover, Kent

WhoScoreWhenNotes
AndrewAcceptable27 May 2006 Cloudy so probably bottom of barrel stuff. Smelt of summer fruits and had a sharp grapefruit bitterness to it. I suspect this is a far better beer than this pint suggested.

Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival 2005, Dover, Kent

WhoScoreWhenNotes
IanExcellent27 May 2005 Very good example of a best bitter. Good balance of malt and hops and well constructed with good flavours

Larkins Best Bitter

4.40% ABV.

We have tried this beer 20 times.

We have given this beer an average score of Good to Excellent.

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