Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Bitter
Tadcaster, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular.
Sam Smith's only cask ale. Usually served through a "sparkler".
Was 3.8%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2007
Cask. At Ye Old Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street, London. Why is this beer rated so low? Itís nothing world-beating, and yeah, they used a sparkler, but it always pleases. Oh well. Poured a hazy pale copper with a lasting creamy beige head (3+). Wheaty/grainy floral aroma, dry, light toasty malt. Taste, same - some green apple, with a pretty lush understated herbal/wildflower hop backbone, the malt is only there for stability, and the light green apple crispness comes further forward as a result - still crisp and refreshing. Chewy, grainy mouthfeel, quite cask-still, very light, very soft astringency, the graininess really sticks around on the back of your tongue - very good session cask pint, I have this whenever I find it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2007
Cask handpull at Cittie of Yorke, Chancery Lane. Amber with lasting thin beige head. Caramel aroma, no real yeast or hop on aroma. Itís ok in mouth but a bit thin. Bit bland overall. Drinkable. "Itís better when it comes in the mouth than when you swallow," as my Danish companion said. Not as good as I remember but also not terrible. Itís a bitter, some malty fruit towards the finish. Some drying hop on end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (6745) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2007
Cask conditioned ("drawn from an oak cask") at The Golden Ball, Scarborough (a Samuel Smithís pub). Deep golden colour, creamy head. Pleasant aroma of fruity hops. Tolerable hops in the flavour - smooth and easy drinking. Okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jammin7jg (139) - Burnage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2007
[CASK: Sinclairís Oyster Bar, Manchester 12/02/07] A great brewery and amazingly cheap prices. A very tasty bitter and very pleasant drinking.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
At the Citte of Yorke. Ambiguous, light aroma of malt and fruit? Very light. Dark amber color with a white head. Starts smooth with floral accents over malt - not a dry finish, but there is light bitter at the end. After a few ounces a woody character was noticeable. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2007
Pint in the Waterguard, Cardiff. Fruity aroma, amber in colour with a creamy head. fruit and hops in the flavour with a well balanced texture. Lovely pint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34690) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
[Cask at The Cock, London] A slightly hazy orange beer served thru a sparkler to give it some off-white head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of caramel. The flavo ris sweet malty with quite a lot of fruit and toffee, leading to a lightly bitter end. The mouthfeel is very smooth. A solid bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 5, 2007
Cask, Cittie of York, Holborn, London. Took a while to settle to a chestnut, thin off-white head. Not much aroma, but thatís because it was a bit too cold. Hops and some sour bitterness as it warmed. Flavour was lacking a little too, quite bitter and hoppy, but finishes balanced. Easy to drink, tasted quite frothy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2007
Cask, at The Station, Habrough. Amber gold, moderate lasting white head and pleasant condition. Low fruitiness and trace chalky hop in the nose, quenching malt in the mouth but quite dry and thin, gentle citrusy hop and dry bitterness lingering in the finish. Dirt cheap .

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
damiano (20) - USA - DEC 19, 2006
Very dull bitter. Perhaps doesnít travel well due to traditional methods used, not sure. Has the kind of creamy head they like in the north of england but not much character. There are far better bitters out there. donít bother.

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