zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Yep, I've done this in a couple of pubs. But it aint much. A bit flabby, though there's a wood smack that bodes well. Just doesn't quite do the job.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Coming from London, I have a bit of a down on Sam Smiths because a) they virtually stopped selling real beer in London and switched over to disgusting nitrokeg and b) took over a lot of classic pubs in London (e.g. the Princess Louise) that used to sell a good range of beer and restricted us to their own incredibly narrow product range (only one cask ale still produced). And this from a brewery that is supposedly staunchly traditional. On this instance, I was drinking it on its home turf in Yorkshire. Mid brown in colour. Served through a sprinkler with big head. Drinkable, but not really to my taste - too malty and not bitter enough for a bitter. Still, better than the nitrokeg. And the cheapest pint I have seen outside Wetherspoons in many a year - £1.22. Handpump, The Menston Arms, Menston, Yorkshire, September 2003
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask Conditioned, at The Cittie of Yorke, Holburn, London.
This pub is worth a visit whether you’re a Sam Smiths fan or not. It’s on of the nicer heritage listed pubs in London. Central and easy to get to. Silk got the hump about the sparkler on this one but shit happens. The beer wasn’t all that anyway. Dark amber with a creamy head. The beer was neutral on hops and malts, with little or no aroma. I think you're ment to drink 15 of them to register aroma/flavour.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 14, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask conditioned at Cittie of Yorke, London. Flat, creamy head atop an amber body. Has a mild vinegary aroma and a light apple flavor.
SilkTork (5067) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2003
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 Sam Smiths are a traditional (some might say old fashioned) brewery. They have taken over some pleasant traditional pubs and restored them to a former glory. And then within those pubs they sell nothing but Sam Smiths products. Sam Smiths beer, wine, whiskey, cider and cola. The traditional approach is fine, but the penny-pinching is just a bit too miserly. Each of their own brand products is rather like a supermarket own brand product: mostly inoffensive, but lacking in character; often lacking in charm and distinctive or pleasant flavours. The Old Brewery Bitter is just like that. The casks are traditional oak, and in Tadcaster are delivered by horse drawn drays - it all sounds quite wonderful. Sadly the reality is a very meagre Ordinary Bitter with not enough character to shine. Matters are made worse as Sam Smiths is a Yorkshire brewery so they shove the brew through a sparkler, inducing a bland creaminess that removes the last vestiges of flavour. So - inoffensive at best, slight sour off-flavours from hanging around too long in the cask at worse.
Cask (with sparkler) @ Cittie of Yorke, London. Sam Smith’s. Nice pub. This is Sam Smith’s only cask ale. And it sucks big time. The sparkler robs the beer of any aroma. There’s hardly any flavour. A bland, smooth bit of nonsense. [1.2]
June, 2005 Golden Ball, Scarborough. Sparkler. Apple flavoured session bitter. Lacks character. Inoffensive. [2.6]
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[From the wood!] Refreshing. Slightly sour and thin. Faint notes of oak. Not great, but interesting.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Cask conditioned, at the Kings Arms, York, England) Dark Amber with a creamy white head. Slightly above average taste for a bitter.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught: pours a dark amber with a nice creamy head. Light malty hop aroma that isn't all that unique. . . great flavour with toffee, clean, bitter hops and some wood. Good clean finish, spot on with the fish and chips at the pub in London.
imdownthepub (9442) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask Conditioned at The Princess Louise, Holborn. Mid brown, thickish head. Sam Smiths sell the cheapest beer in London (bar MacPubs), long may they do so, but I do think that this reflects in the quality of the beer sometimes. I was told that they still deliver in 54 gallon Hogsheads, if this is true then maybe it not moving quick enough. A cheap session beer not much more to be said.
petefenelon (26) - ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very well-rounded, fruity, malty bitter with a smooth, soft mouth feel. Could do with a little more hoppiness, but then again so could many of Sam's brews.