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


on tap

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RATINGS: 179   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (1143) - - JUL 23, 2012
Amber. Thin white head. Light fruits, caramel, earth, wet wood. Really smooth drinking. Much better than its rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theatmosphere (50) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2012
Good session beer. Pours a lovely amber colour with a nice, but subtle, aroma. I suspect rather too thin to be approaching a great bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
john1704 (26) - SCOTLAND - JUN 26, 2012
Cask Blue Bell Preston. Pours chestnut brown with thick Gillette head. Really takes me back to my first real pint in late 70s. Lovely beer and bargain at £2.20 a pint. Glasgow Real Ale pubs take note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (2143) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 4, 2012
Cask tasted at Chandos, near Trafalgar sq, Londoon on 19 May 2012. Amber clear appearance, creamy medium head, hoppy tangy taste, slight flavor of coffee beans, low carbonation, long finish. Very nice bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (3804) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2012
On tap at Duke of Argyll (London, UK). Pours a nice amber body with a generous off-white creamy head. Decent malty/hoppy aroma with grainy and herbal hints. Hoppy taste carries oaky notes and ends with a good bitter/grainy finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2012
Pours amber with a dense white head. Aroma is malt, light flower and grass. Flavour is malt, flower, grass and earthy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gedthemanc (20) - ebbw vale, WALES - APR 28, 2012
very strong and malty taste with some bitterness one pof the best in the uk may not travel too well

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 21, 2012
On cask at The Kings Arms. Pours a dark golden colour with a thick white head. An upfront caramel aroma with grassy hops and yeast. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and a creamy mouth-feel. Mildly bitter also.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
deanso (8673) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2012
half a pint at a Sam Smiths pub, Conisbrough. Decent white head. Clear amber/blond pour. Nice enough bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (6222) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
I was amazed to find I’d never reviewed this beer having drank it on numerous occasions when in London and other Sam Smith’s pub around the country over the years: anyway I’ve put that right today. This review is of a pint, hand pulled in the ‘Citte of Yorke’ in Holborn, London; a lovely old pub listed on the BA beerfly database. Sadly this is now the only beer Sam Smith’s brewery brings out in cask form, everything else is keg or bottle, not cask. Clear amber body with a creamy head of bubbles which are off-white in colour and produce some good thick lacing as I down the liquid it covers. The nose is a complex mix of wood notes, autumn leaves, caramel and a fresh loaf of bread. The taste is equally as complex: malts just about lead the way with a good hop contingent coming up fast behind, well balanced and easy to drink. Semi-sweet from the caramel like molasses in the malts, but with an undertone of hop bitterness which asserts itself half way through each gulp (this isn’t a sipping beer, it’s a gulper). Still under £2.00 a pint in an historic central London pub (Oct 2011), you can’t go wrong. In fact I had another half in the beautiful Princess Louise half an hour after rinsing this pint I’ve just reviewed.

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