Town Mill Best is a really beautiful deep mahogany red, with a head that fluffs up and then slowly subsides – just like a best bitter should.
The aroma is glorious, and I use that word because it’s so befitting: an aroma of chestnuts and malt with slight mineral edge. This is a very original aroma and is really lovely – maybe it’s just that extra chocolate malt in the grain bill that does it? Either way it’s an absolute triumph.
The taste is of beautifully judged crystal and sweet pale malt, an excellent, no REALLY excellent, deep creamy-nutty taste – you know, a bit like hazelnuts – with a perfect bitterness and a very long after-taste of malt and bitter and nuttiness.
This beer is sooo nutty and sooo beautiful. I challenge you to find a better classic English pint this year. Bitter of the year for me, definitely…and I still have a couple of their other beers to try. Hooray!