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Brewed by Adnams
Style: Bitter
Southwold, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available (pasteurised) in 500ml bottles and 500ml cans.
A refreshing beer of real flavour - distinctively hoppy and dry with malt aromas. Delicious served cool.
Adnams brewery has stood in the heart of Southwold for over six hundred years and "Southwold Jack" appears on our beer labels. He continues to guard over our longest-serving beer brewed here in Southwold on the Suffolk coast -The Bitter. Bitter goes well with roast meats and fish cooked in batter as the clean bitterness cuts through the slightly fatty notes and hence keeps the palate refreshed. Our Bitter also makes a good aperitif.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (2169) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2012
Can from Systembolaget. Pours amber with a big off white head. Malty aroma with some grass and baking yeast. Smooth, wiht a sweet malty caramell taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3797) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle with a 4.5% Bitter inside, best before 16th July 2009, drank on 22nd April 2009. Poured (twice) into a La Chouffe stemmed tulip shaped glass. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Deep amber body with a very good, rich and high tanned head. The beer had a teak wood sort of hue to it, clear and wholesome looking too. Very different to the cask version and a lot stronger in alcohol. The aroma, taste and mouthfeel just don’t match up and why should they, this is obviuosly a completely different beer. Hops, barley and nuts in the aroma, along with some malt bread and toasted brown bread. The beer just tastes right, good bitter bite and a hoppy aftertaste, a classic British Bitter. Adnams are a favourite of mine and this is the sort of product that highlights why. A joy to hold and drink!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (10717) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bitters sweet flavor with a medium bitters sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid interesting beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DruncanVeasey (7203) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2012
500ml from Arden Wines- a pretty big fish to have slipped through the net. Attractive, Ribena-ruby with a slim white foam. Light, aniseed-sprinkled hop aroma with underlying chocolate and soap. Soft, slightly soapy hop with aniseed and thyme-like notes; chocolate coated nuts. But in truth, not that interesting. Blandness approaching John Smiths territory: wet air, English-style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (5437) - ITALY - APR 20, 2012
ambrata buona schiuma persistente malto nocciola secca lieve tostatura discreto amaro finale piuttoto luuppolato scorza arancia amara

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (3092) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 19, 2012
On can from Systembolaget Gøteborg Dark golden color Medium body & complexity Dry with medium intensity and well integrated hops Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3342) - Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2012
Strong, malty aroma has a fruity overtone, mainly pear and grape. It pours a clear, dark coppery amber bordering on mahogany with a nice light tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Malty flavor is rather bitter, but not fiercely so, with subtle notes of fruit, wood and caramel and a touch of smoke. Smooth texture has average body and a fair amount of fizz.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (35088) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 12, 2012

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium to dark amber orange colour with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, toffee - wood - nutty - grass. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120331]

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - APR 11, 2012
Bottle at Griffin’s Steakhouse, Stockholm, Sweden. Has little to no aroma at all, a slight grassy note but not much. Taste is slightly bitter but very watery, more of everything would’ve been great. Drinkable and thirst quenching but boring as hell.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
flying_pig (947) - SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2012
500ml Bottle (from Sainsburys):
Light earthy hops and light malts hitting you first. There is a tiny amount of bitter that is detectable and a touch of fruit too.
Copper to amber with a bubbly white head that is about a mhalf a centimetre tall. This eventually settles to thin, soapy lacing after about a minute.
Earthy hops and malts that are coupled with some light, summer fruits and some bitterness.
Light bodied and smooth although not quite falling into the watery category, there is a mildly bitter taste and a hint of dryness to the beer. Average with mild carbonation.

Although not a bad beer really it was far to mild and lacking in any strength or flavour where it counted and not a beer that I particularly enjoyed or would go back to.

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