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


on tap

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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
tombyars (1348) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2012
First tasted this in the Golf Inn, Bishopton in 1980. Cask, electric font dispense. Clear mahogany in colour with some russet highlights and a thick creamy shaving foam head. Strong sweet aroma of black treacle and oak wood. Smooth creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a moist maltloaf base with treacle toffee, prunes and wood smoke. Slight prickle of earthy hop resins and damp loam add to the rustic flavours in the aftertaste. Finish is powerful and malty with rich vinous, walnuts and a touch of liquorice in this complex ale. Tastes far above its ABV, if on form, it is simply sublime stuff. Well recommended.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
PaulW (98) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
If this was big standard I would he very happy. A real supping session ale. Pours a lively orange copper colour with proper head, which stays with the beer. Refreshingly hoppy against the malt, almost better a little cold. Loses freshness as you drink...which means you need a new one quickly!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4396) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Cask. Copper color, creamy white head. The nose is of bready malts. A bit fruity with a dry, hoppy finish. The mouthfeel’s smooth and watery. This is made for easy drinking with friends. A completely inoffensive bitter that ticks the right boxes, but doesn’t do much more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2062) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 10, 2011
Cask @ Swan and Three Cygnets, Durham 071011
Amber, bit orangey, clear with rich creamy head, good lacing.
Aroma....light.....caramel malt, bready, light hop, some apple
Taste of caramel malt, light bitter hops, appley.
Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Not much finish - some caramel malt.
A nice beer, smooth but a bit appley. Cost only I think £1.60/pt. Incredible value for money!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dynamiteninja (1481) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2011
Cask. The Hansom Cab, York. Medium white head. Gold to amber body. Almost nothing on the nose, hints of grassy hop and malt. As it warmed up a little it becomes nutty, slightly fruity, biscuity, light dustiness, a whiff of sulphur, spiciness and brown sugar. Bittersweet. Dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (2991) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2011
Orange copper colour. Aroma has some wood. Flavour is a little nutty but has a light sourness from the wood. Moderate level of maltiness. A bit dry in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strangebrewer (837) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2011
hand pumped at The Olde Cheshire Cheese, UK. Poured a hazy amber-orange with and off white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma was mild, with fruity malt tones. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, but a bit watery. Caramel malt flavour and some woody notes, not too sweet. Lower on the bitterness scale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (10127) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2011
Cask at Princess Louise, London. Golden beer with a small offwhite head. Fruity aroma, some grapes. Malty fruity flavor, bready, some hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (1800) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2011 This is one of those beers that I genuinely think is improved served through the sparkler. Appearance is a lovely golden dark brown with a substantial creamy head. Aroma of bready malt, pine and something sweet. First taste is of the smooth, creamy head followed by lovely caramel notes nicely balanced with the hops. Overall incredibly smooth and refreshing. One of my favourite draft pints and something I always look forward to in a Samuel Smiths pub. And what a great price in London. Still under £2. Love this brewer and their ethos.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2011
Pint at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, London. Golden pour, medium but fading off white head. Aroma was a light pine and slightly fruity. Taste was a sweet caramel, Hint of Citrus and a light grass hop. Quite thin, Not all that interesting, took a lot of concentration to detect this much in it.

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