Old copper penny/burnished/cherry wood hue; long-lasting sand-colored foam. First whiffs discover earthy scents of mushrooms and dampened barley; aeration brings out the maltiness as the musty earthiness recedes. Opening flavors are properly bitter and keenly malty; at midpalate, there's a brief surge of hops before the malty bitterness and astringency takes command once again. Finish is long, almost fruity and delightfully smooth. A winning traditional-style Bitter from eastern England.