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Brewed by John Smiths (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Tadcaster, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.52   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pasteurised Keg and Can. Extra Smooth is served with nitrogen. There’s also an Extra Cold - the same beer, but at a lower temperature.
Previously 4.0%, 3.8%
"John Smiths is Britains biggest-selling bitter with more than 15% of the total UK standard bitter market."


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2004
On draught at the original Hard Rock Cafe in London of all places. Pours a dark amber color with a thin light beige head. Thin lacing. Mellow malt aroma. Very smooth drinking, with flavors of malt, brown sugar, sweet fruit and hops. The finish is lightly bitter but does not last very long. Decent overall, but could be better.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (10438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2004
Canned. Said Pub draught Ale on the can but I am assuming this is the right one. Golden colour with extra thick nitro head. Lager nose (this is common in British ales...they smell like lagers!). Slight roasty malt, rather sharp, with light hops. The bitterness carries welll though. Light body for an ale.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2004
Poured a chesnut brown body with a very fluffy and thick off-white head. I can detect almost no aromas at all, but I am getting a very faint amount of malt in the aroma. Taste is actually almost non-existant, and I am lacking words that can describe it. Nice mouth feel though, and I imagine that due to its low alcohol, you could put a few of these away with no problems.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (1995) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
A guilty pleasure. This is a creamy amber brew that's not really long on flavor, but has a nice mouthfeel. If I was still living in the UK I wouldn't bother, but being back in Canada, this beer brings back fond memories. Nice for session drinking.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2004
Faint hops in the aroma. Dark honey/caramel colour with a creamy head that lasted the distance. Touch of bitterness but not much else in the taste department. Could drink plenty of these but one was enough.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
jonas (5842) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 24, 2004
Can Absolutely no aroma. Nice chestnut colour, low creamy head. Could not detect any flavor either - weak beer. Med body - anonymous finish.
Earlier Rating: 10/8/2002 Total Score: 2.2
nitrokeg tap. Dark golden amber color. Very very lightly malt taste. Slightly acidic aroma. Boring watery aftertaste.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2004
Canned. Creamy head (because of the little ball inside the can!). Strange mouldy aroma with some roasted malt. Not good!! Mild taste with a little fruit. This is the worst of the English bitters I had on my trip to London. Only good thing about this bitter is the smoothness....

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2004
Canned. John Smith’s Original bitter. Sadly, I had about twenty of these on Friday night. Amber / brass coloured body with a full cream head. Biscuity malt flavour. Thin bodied easily quaffable.
Earlier Rating: 12/14/2003 Total Score: 2.2
Draught. at Ha Ha’s, the West End. London.
Not really a lot of rating to be had at this place. I just has this as joke really. Just the one. Tawny amber coloured body, masses and masses of cream that field the glass. Tastes like bitter water. Thin on the palate, most forgettable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Original Rating (6-4-5-2-13=3.0): Biscuity malt aroma. Creamy white head on brown body. Some grain bitterness with a toasty character. Very smooth almost oily mouthfeel. I could have sworn it was nitro. Can.
Rerate (6-5-4-2-9=2.6): Mild fruitiness pairs well with caramel and lightly grainy malt with some herbal hops apparent also in the subdued but pleasant aroma. Crystal clear mahogany brown body is topped by a dense, fine bubbled, off white, nitro head that lasts throughout and coats the glass. Mild fruitiness to the light caramel malt flavour along with a mild bitterness that appears in the finish, but all in all there is not a lot of flavour. Light body with moderate carbonation and that creamy smooth nitro mouthfeel. Can’t help but feel this would be a better beer if bottle conditioned. Served relatively soon after being brought in from the cold Canadian winter. Half pint glass. Can (Gift, Jan-05).

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2364) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2003
Caramel in colour. Aroma has some sweetness and faint hops to it. Flavour had some sweetness to it but was rather weak. Finished a bit watery with a short bitterness.


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