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Adnams The Bitter (Bottle/Can)

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Formerly brewed at Adnams
Style: Bitter
Southwold, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Avaialable in 500ml pasteurised bottles, and in cans. Previously Suffolk Strong Bitter
Formerly known as Adnams Suffolk Strong Ale or Adnams Extra Ale.
Replaced in the Adnams bottled beer range by Southwold Bitter at 4.1% (different recipe).

SSB is a refreshing beer of real flavour, distinctively hoppy and deliciously dry - perfect served cool. SSB commemorates the building of the famous Southwold Lighthouse, which has been guiding ships to safety since 1890.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maris (914) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2010
From a 500ml bottle on 11/12/2010. Has a mild aroma of malt, bread, grass, fruit and a hint of musk lolly. Tastes malty and biscuity, with a little sweet toffee and caramel in the mix. The bitterness is quite pronounced, and has an almost sour, peppery quality to it. This is an interesting bitter, and has a lot of flavour for the modest alcohol content, but it doesn’t quite hit the mark for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours a clear red-amber, with a medium head. Smells like a classic bitter, with a whiff of citrus and some toffee malt notes. Moderate citrus and pine hops start it off, followed by lemon and honey, with a burnt caramel finish. A nice, complex, yet eminently drinkable bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bmeup (499) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2010
Good looking beer. Lots of caramel & floral aromas. Toffee caramel malts outweigh the fruity floral hops though. Pretty good English Bitter.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerSkull (1082) - SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2010
Fresh fragrance with mild hops aroma and soft and sweet tons of malt. Flavor is malty with aromatic hops. Short vague hop bitter aftertaste. Fairly thin and bland!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muffel (130) - Lower Saxony, GERMANY - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle 500ml. Brown/copper color, small head. Hoppy nose, some fruits, a bit spicy. Soft, malty mouthfeel. Overall quite hoppy and a long, bitter aftertaste. Not bad for a bitter, but a little disappointing for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LoFi (1521) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2010
Can. Amber with a white head. Aroma of bready malt with hints of orange. Taste has malts, fruit, some citrus, hints of spices, and a moderate bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndrewC (317) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2010
Well shoot me with a rusty shotgun... this is actually excellent. Smells like beer (rather than fizz which is usually what bottled beer smell of). Great toasty flavour. Good body and good finish. Just a good beer, a proper brown bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ha1ag (686) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2010
This beer looks excellent! It has dark amber color with medium-size firm white head. Fruity hoppy nose. Aroma has hops is fruity. The flavor is hops, roasted malt. Finishes with refreshing hoppy bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2256) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours amber with a coat of a beige head. Low bead. Smells of toffee, apples, pears, spices, flowers. Quite malty and sweet with some fruit but mostly buttery toffee. Good balancing bitterness. Has that somewhat lifeless feel common to bottled bitters. Is also a bit heavy for my tastes in this style. Still, a fair drop.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RuneStumo (2130) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2010
07.08.2010, 0,5l Bottle labeled "The bitter classic beer". Copper golden colour with white head. Bitter malty aroma. Lively carbinated for a bitter. Nice smooth beer with a well balanced bitterness and aftertaste.


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