fiulijn (14549) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
<i>Cask Conditioned at Duke of Argyll, London</i>
Amber color, persistent creamy head. Light toffee aroma and toffee flavor. Balanced Bitter, refreshing but unassertive.
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 Handpulled cask at THe Princess Louise, London. Orange with creamy white head. Good balance of malt and fruit with a very slightly lactic yeastiness. Dry bitter finish. Not a great beer but an excellent session drink which still tastes much as it did 30 years ago, Brilliant value at £1.88 a pint in central London!
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask conditioned - handpump - Tiger Inn, Haxby North Yorkshire. A copper coloured beer with a Yorkshire white head. A dry aroma with a hint of sulphur. The taste is similar with some fruity notes. An old fashioned beer but perfectly drinkable and always dirt cheap.
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at various locations and times - certainly not the beer it was 10 years ago. Seems these days to have a permanent haze to it. Usual bitter colour with decent white head. Nothing special in the aroma; mainly malt with slight fruit. Decent body but lacks anything noteworthy with regard to hop or malt. Undistinguished finish and at its worst can leave an unpleasant tang. Higher rating as it’s cheap as chips.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Cittie of York) Dark coppery colored, medium sized yellow head. Soft aroma with sweet fruits and mild bitterness, lemon also present. Thin to medium bodied. Flavor starts with fruits and apple, ending turns to slightly bitter and fruity. Good beer, still could have richer flavor.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at the John Snow, Soho, 4th Feb 2008. Medium amber appearance. Aroma is sweet malt with a bit of hops. Stale, uninteresting flavour however and a thin, watery palate rounds off an unsatisfactory pint.
raul (11) - ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the great drinking travesties is that the dross brewed at Tadcasters other Smiths goes global whilst this little gem stays at home.
Proper session bitter that tastes just as nice at 11pm as it did at 7. SAm Smiths pubs are pretty much a love em or hate em experience, but they can never be accused of putting branding ahead of brewing.
larsga (6206) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium creamy offwhite lasting shiny head. Chestnut brown body settles slowly. Faint wooden aroma. Soft delicate wooden floral taste with nutty metallic notes. Soft, smooth, clean mouthfeel. Dry wooden metallic aftertaste. Very nice. (0.5pt on cask at Cittie of Yorke.)
Fukito (738) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - NOV 27, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Cittie of York, october 07. Clear, shinny, golden color with a small, creamy, light cremé head. Sulphurous, slightly eggy aroma but a bit faint. Mild, slightly sulphurous flavor with some fruity notes. Acid, sparky, creamy, very refreshing medium to light palate. Good. Refreshing, mild bitter.
alari (30) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 Throughout London, over a number of years. This beer is so variable, depending on how well kept it is, and on how well the pub maintains their lines etc, that it’s difficult to score it accurately. In optimum conditions, is an excellent session beer with a surprisingly warm and rounded malt taste. Very well balanced, neither too bitter nor oversweet. Pleasant soft mouthfeel.
Not sure why so many people have this marked down as watery, must be badly kept, as it is anything but when in condition.
NOTE: This shouldn’t be confused with the keg version, which is crap by comparison. I think, though will have to check, that Chandos and John Snow have keg.