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Adnams The Bitter (Bottle/Can)

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


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RATINGS: 473   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Available in 500ml pasteurised bottles, and in cans. Formerly known as Adnams Suffolk Strong Ale, now known as Southwold Bitter. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a clear orangey copper with a frothy half inch of head. Very little lacing here. Smells fruity and light bitter hops. Spicy, like nutmeg or cinnamon. Some grassy malt in the nose too. Nice fruity malt up front. A slight pause in the flavor and then the bitter hops kick in for the finish. Grassy and dry. Do I taste Ringwood yeast or is that my imagination? Not alot imparted to the beer from the hops except the biting bitterness. Lightly metallic in the finish. Crisp and dry. Lingering hoppiness in the aftertaste. A very solid special bitter but not enough to knock my socks off. A good change of pace though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5547) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2007
Pours bright amber into an English pint. Off-white congolmerate head leaves slight lacing as it slowly recedes to remain on the surface. Malt aromas. Upfront caramel with a dry, lasting English hop finish. I could easily drink a bunch of these -- actually it’s gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
As SSB in the bottle. Fruits in the nose. Arguably cherry and peach. Hazy amber color with a beige head that filmed while trying to lace. Medium bodied. Swear there is peach in the start. Great fruity hop backed by strong caramel malts. Medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation. The finish is just more of the same, but as the malt sweetness drains off the hop bitter comes forth. It’s wonderful. Maybe better than cask? Nah, but very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickspies (78) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Great caramel aroma and flavor. Good head retention. One of the better Bitters I have had in a while. It would be nice to have this on cask in Britain...I would imagine it would be fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 Can. Red/pale brown color and a creamy white head. Nice lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, sweet fruit, citrus, toffee and some floral/spicy notes. Tastes of biscuity/toasted malt, fruit, apricot, citrus, some floral/spicy notes and hop bitterness. A bit dry. Really nice. But the carbonation is a bit too strong. Total score: 3.8 080321: On-tap at The Flying Barrel, Gothenburg. Less carbonated and lower alcohol content. Total score: 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hermod (6534) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2009
50cl bottle. One of the better bitters I´ve tasted. Poured a large head, smooth, with quite dry hoppy aftertaste. Recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1145) - Sydney, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Now this is a rock-solid ESB!
How many times had I passed this beer in the store before I finally picked one up?

Pours a sincere golden / amber sunset of a body and a rich cap of white fluffy head. The aroma and flavor bring a thick dose of English hops… tons of caramel, butterscotch, apple, pear, plum and spruce wood feelings. A delicious buttery, mildly toasted bready-ess.. toasty and tart but it’s in all the right places. The palate is dense and fatty… dry and sticky.
I really dig this ESB.. one of my new favorites for in this style!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Clean, crisp and dry, cleans the palate. Not overpowering bitter for the end of the meal. Balanced with malt. Spot of fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2005
Mid brown with a small tight white head and light carbonation. Spicy aroma, with an undernote of sweet malt. Full, hoppy flavour with some light malt flavours to balance, but still oriented towards the hops.

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