What do the NBSS scores mean?

The beer scoring scheme uses a 0-5 scale to rate the quality of beer being served.

  1. No cask ale available
    0.5
    So poor you can't finish it.
  2. Poor. Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment.
  3. Average. Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn't inspire in any way, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the beer without really noticing.
  4. Good. Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again.
  5. Very Good. Excellent beer in excellent condition.
  6. Perfect. Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.