theatmosphere (50) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
john1704 (26) - SCOTLAND - JUN 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
trapped (2069) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Eructoblaster (3709) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a dense white head. Aroma is malt, light flower and grass. Flavour is malt, flower, grass and earthy notes.
gedthemanc (20) - ebbw vale, WALES - APR 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very strong and malty taste with some bitterness
one pof the best in the uk
may not travel too well
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
deanso (8285) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
half a pint at a Sam Smiths pub, Conisbrough.
Decent white head. Clear amber/blond pour. Nice enough bitter
BlackHaddock (5847) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
tombyars (1568) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.