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


on tap

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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular.
Sam Smith's only cask ale. Usually served through a "sparkler".
Was 3.8%

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (9344) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2006
Half on keg. Amber coloured with a small white head. Light malty aroma. Malt also dominates the taste with some sweetness of vanilla and caramel. Also some fruity notes in a rather anonymous (bitter) ale. (Served a bit too chilled at the great Princess Louise, Holborn 20.09.2006).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (8324) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2006
Handpump at the Princess Louise, High Holborn, London. Amber in colour, bit of fruit in the aroma, little bit malty and nutty in the taste but not great, in fact I think that this beer was a bit tired, although in saying that Iíve had this beer frequently before and also in this pub and canít say Iíve ever been particularly impressed with it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11492) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2006
Tap. Dark amber with thick creamy white head. Weak aroma with a little caramel. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Caramel and a slight touch of berries in the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Cask (handpump) @ Chandos, 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. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14175) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 30, 2006
Cask@Princess Louise, Holborn, London. Amber color, good creamy off-white head. Mild nutty nose - canít get much out of it in the smokey pub. Fruity, mildly hoppy towards the end. Good session ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2006
A Mes rate: Ahh yes, a Sam Smiths. Hmmm. Iíll try my best. Sweet malt nose. Straight forward in the looks department. Hint of vanilla in the flavour. Thats it. Well done Mr. Smith...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2006
Cask at Cittie of York, London. Copper-amber color with creamy head unusual for a cask ale. Ultra smooth and very drinkable. Little fruit and malt in the aroma. In fact, the aroma was so light that I had difficulties in sensing it. Light malt, fruit and hop flavor. Finishes with light bitterness, aromatic malt, vanilla and woodyness. Not unpleasant, but has disappointingly light aromas and flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6916) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2006
(Cask at Princess Louise, Holborn, London 20 Mar 2006) Copper colour with a firm white head. Nose is malty, fruity with apricots and citrus. Taste is malty, creamy and somewhat sweet, with a drier, medium bitter finish. Refreshing, smooth and easy to drink, but lacking some personality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mantavani (7) - ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006 does not count
A lovely, endlessley drinkable creamy session bitter when stored and served well, but beware; on draft this sours very easily if the bar staff arenít on the ball. If it doesnít taste right, it probably isnít; donít be afraid to send a bad pint back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2009 1. Cask Handpump at the Malt Shovels, Altrincham 09/06/2001 Smooth on the palate and creamy. Malt finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Whipping Stocks Inn, Over Peover 14/09/2001 Mid brown coloured and smooth on the palate. Malt finish. 3. Cask Handpump at the Boot Inn, Chester 17/04/2004 Golden amber coloured with some sour fruit flavour. Smooth slightly bitter lasting malt finish. 4. Cask Handpump at the Queens Head, Stockport 09/06/2007 Fruit and hop aromas. Copper amber fruity and slightly sour with some bitterness in a crisp full malt finish. 5. Cask Handpump at Sinclairs Oyster Bar, Manchester 21/12/2007 Amber coloured smooth on the palate and malty with a crisp and slightly dry bitter finish. 6. Cask Handpump at the York Arms, York 20/02/2008 White head. Fruity aroma. Amber coloured and fruity with a crisp and slightly bitter malt finish. 7. Cask Handpump at the Golden Lion, Frodsham 11/04/2008 Floral aroma. Thick white head. Bronze coloured and fruity with some alcohol present. Hints of dryness and bitterness in a crisp full malt finish. 8. Cask Handpump at the Britannia Inn, Tadcaster 06/02/2009 Hop aroma. Golden coloured smooth on the palate and hoppy with a crisp and slightly dry malt finish. 9. Cask Handpump at the Golden Ball, Scarborough 08/02/2009 Floral aroma. White head. Golden coloured smooth on the palate and fruity with a little bitterness in a crisp full malt finish. 10. Cask Handpump at the Golden Ball, Scarborough 06/12/2009 Hoppy aroma. White head. Amber coloured smooth on the palate and floral with a crisp and slightly bitter malt finish.

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