BlackHaddock (4863) - 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 (1458) - 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.
PaulW (105) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
jackl (5608) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
stravale (2478) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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!
dynamiteninja (1673) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
mike_77 (3887) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Strangebrewer (970) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
rlgk (13189) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Princess Louise, London. Golden beer with a small offwhite head. Fruity aroma, some grapes. Malty fruity flavor, bready, some hops.
EdKing (2117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.