TomSpears (65) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Come to London to sample the delights of the nationís best beers and it is fairly standard fare on offer. My local pubs in Norwich offer greater choice and better quality than the capitalís pubs. Anyway - we stopped off at the Louise and had the Sam Smith cask bitter. It is an enjoyable drop, served cool and fresh in an attractive pub. But like all of Sammyís products it lacks character. Thereís an honest to goodness Yorkshire good value feel about Sam Smiths. The beers are made from wholesome but cheap ingredients and delivered in the blandest manner so as not to offend anyone and therefore maximise profit. The appalling lack of choice in a Sam Smithís pub should be a case for the monopolies commission. Sam Smithís wine, whiskey, rum, cider, German lager, cola, lemonade, crisps, etc. None of it is great, but then none of it is actually bad either. Just bland, bland, bland!
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Cask at Princess Louise, London) Clear amber body with a creamy small off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, spiced apple, some herbal, light wood. Taste is medium sweet, earthy/herbal, apple, some caramel, with a bit of wood in the finish. Watery light body.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[cask at the bay horse] Pours a clear yellow colour with a moderate creamy head. Sweet fruity nose, light body, light bitterness in the finish. A little bland, but not offensive. a bit of a disapointment.
CamdenD (1056) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Only casked ale they do, and it ainít great, but it ainít as bad as some say here. Good drinkable bitter with a nice bitter-tasting profile. This is easily drank, but did have me looking towards the bottled offerings at Ye Old Cheshire Cheese.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was one of the better bitters that I had on my trip to london. A little bit more depth.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - FEB 19, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light musty nose, pale amber-gold color, creamy sparkling nitro-head. Dull grainy and caramel malt body. Weak and quick profile.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Amber with a beige nitro head. Nothing in aroma. Sweet old woody hops. Slightly metallic bitterness. Shit.
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Ye Olde Chesire Cheese in London. Clouded brown body with a small cream colored head. Nose is some fruit, wood and hops. Taste is light wood, spiced hops, cocoa, and muddied malt. Mouthfeel is moderate with mild bitterness. Finish is a fruit flavor (for some reason I picked up banana) with a hoppy note or two.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught in Cittie Of Yorke, London. March 2004. After long trip to London this pub really was my Holy Grail and this bitter - first beer on the table. It wasnít quite complex, but I liked it for its refreshing sourness and creaminess.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
cask conditioned at tadcaster pub next to the brewery: pulled this rate out of my journal of my travels to england. im definately going to have to try this again because i wasnt as down on the stuff as all the other rates. however, i am a yank and dont taste cask beers that often so , maybe a little more interesting and exciting to me then to someone in their home town. golden brown poor with a white thick head. slight hop fruit aroma. easy easy drinking. good session...