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

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

Regional Distribution

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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
Sam Smith's only cask ale. Usually served through a "sparkler".
Was 3.8%


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2008
(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.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raul (11) - ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2007
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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6179) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2007
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.)

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fukito (735) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - NOV 27, 2007
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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alari (30) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2007
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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
thebeertourist (4788) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2007
On tap at Horse and Groom, Great Portlland Street. Reddish amber with a thick creamy, slightly yellowish head. Faint fudge aroma. Good bitterness, some caramel and milk. Smooth. Not over-exciting.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Cask @ The Chandos. Pours amber colour. Aroma isn’t anything great. Taste is a little thin but definitely drinkable. Can be a good session beer.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 2     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 1
Aroma:
Intensity : 1  
Yeast : 1   Bread : 1   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : 2   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX  
Malt : 2   Biscuity : XX   Hay : XX   Toasty : XX   Caramel : 1   Nuts : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : XX   Grainy : XX
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Spicy : XX   Floral : 1   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 2   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 1   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : 3   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: Rather character devoid, little hops at all. Weak, weak bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9301) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2007
Cask (Cittie of Yorke, London) Dark red. Slightly woody malty aroma. Huge malty taste with massive mellow oak accompaniament. Buttery, woody, smooth and mellow. Wonderful, and I’m sure sessionable.


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