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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 593   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.52   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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."


1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2004
Basically the only thing there was to drink at misic venue called The Garage. On cream flow nitro keg. I could swear this was watered down. Very little taste & no alcohol "hit" at all, even thougb it’s supposed to be 4%. Ohhh yeah & served way too cold too, then again that could be to mask any taste it does have

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jgb9348 (5122) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Clear amber/copper coloured body with a perfect frothy tan (widget/nitrogenated) head. Aroma of pale malt, caramel, light english hops, some apples & cardboard. Light/medium bodied; Velvety texture to boot. Appley taste with some bitter malt noticeable up front. Mild hop flavour-fairly negligable. Aftertaste clean and fresh. Some malt bitterness-no sweetness nor alcohol tastes. Overall, a mild and underpowering bitter. Not horrible, but not impressive in the slightest bit. I sampled this 440 mL can purchased at the LCBO on Queen’s Quay in Toronto, Ontario on 16-October-2004 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eructoblaster (3397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2004
Canned - 440ml. Dark amber body topped with a dense creamy head. Good malty/hoppy aroma with light caramel and herbal hints. After a good bitter attack (with wooden and roasted coffee notes), the lack of punch and lenght of the finish makes the mouthfeel a bit disappointing. The beer in itself is OK. But as a Bitter, it is weak.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hotstuff (4408) - Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Draft at Prince of Wales in London. Transparent, orange and uncarbonated body. Excellent lacing. Malty aroma and malty and lightly bitter flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel. Light bodied beer.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thedm (5160) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 7, 2004
The DM & Hotstuff’s European Honeymoon trip beer number 18. This draft brew from the Princess of Wales pub in London poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized long lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind n uncarbonated transparent brown colored body and a excellent lacing. The aroma was almost non-existent and mildly malty if anything. It had a smooth mouth feel that was malt and contained no biting hops to note of. The flavor was smooth mild and slightly hopped.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
JonMoore (2022) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2004
Very smooth, but that’s about all there is to say about it. Doesn’t taste of much, not much aroma, watery. My heart sinks when I see this is the only ’draught’ bitter behind a bar.

2.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mullo (102) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2004
Out of a can. The hops was let down by the lack of malt complexity - a little too watery. Low aroma - because of the creamy nitrogen head. Lacks the flavours of a real bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
Ohhh. This is a smooth, silky, soft smooth. Not the most exciting ale, but at least it is smooth. One could easily quaff lots of this ale, and at 4% abv, you won’t get really drunk either. A nice drink when you want to discuss the state of the world all night with your friends. When I pour the beer from the nitro-can to a glass, at first it looks like a glass of yellowish foam that slowly transforms into a clear, brass coloured liquid with a head that looks and feels like smoothly whipped cream. Those nitro cans are an impressive packaging for the right beer The smell is really quite weak. But when I sniffed hard enough, I found flavours of caramel and crisp bread. Carbon dioxide is very light and… Creamy. The taste is also on the delicate side. On the other hand: It’s a smooth, it should be mild! However, there is a burned tone with hints of caramel, thick cream and a passing bitterness. The aftertaste is very gentle with some hints of rye bread and (somewhere in the background) mild hops.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
Nitro head, copper colour, thin body. Citrus and fruit flavour. Very typical and not really worth the trouble.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Tap at the Old Cock in London. Medium tan head. The miniscule bubbles are densly packed. Is this a nitro keg? Aroma is hoppy and nutty with faint spice and caramel. Taste is hopped but but seems light on the malts and has a minimal spice character. Creamy body and well carbonated. Finish is hoppy with a slight malt flavoring coming through. Not too bad.


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