Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2013 Had at the brewery tap Angel and White Horse (brewery tap in Tadcaster). From their own-made wooden barrel. The aroma and flavors are essential beer, beer in its prototype, worty and luscious, clean, woody, and sexy. Why and how its ratings so low I do not understand!
Update: had it in Durham. The beer is just as fab but not as fresh as the brewery. So do yourself a favor and drink this from the font--itís truly an amazing experience sitting out there with the horses and all.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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.
sic1314 (2430) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Completely traditional bitter, easily one of my favourite beers. Classic of the style, but very old fashioned and understandable why some people might not like it. Incredible value for itís cheap price.
carbuncle (1) - WALES - AUG 11, 2003 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sam smiths is known round our way as producing cracking ale at dirt cheap prices (<£1.30), and if the landlord is up to his job, their bitter is a good "quantity" beer - forget what it tastes like after a half, it's good for a serious session without being sickly or gassey. I went to tadcaster on a brewery trip from my local, and it was markedly better out there to be honest, though if the pub doesn't shift enough it can be a bit iffy, but get it at a good pub and you'll be a regular. Blathered for <15 quid, no hiccups on a good bitter! it does lack a bit of an edge for perfection though. I've read all the other reviews, and don't always recognise the fella, but "dull" would maybe sum it up IMO.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint pulled at The Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street (London), a milky white that settles to an orange body with a full creamy head. A floral aroma with hints of citrus. Citrus strong again in the flavour (oranges I think) with further hints of melon. Very smooth on the palate with a slight bitterness left on the tongue.
ralphdot (973) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the Kings Arms, York, dark amber and a good head, fruity aroma, very nice bitter taste, good beer.
realalechamp (41) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
When cost is taken into consideration, this is my choice bitter. Clean, complex for a bitter, and yet everything a bitter should be.
BlackHaddock (3179) - 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 Iíd never reviewed this beer having drank it on numerous occasions when in London and other Sam Smithís pub around the country over the years: anyway Iíve put that right today.
This review is of a pint, hand pulled in the ĎCitte of Yorkeí in Holborn, London; a lovely old pub listed on the BA beerfly database.
Sadly this is now the only beer Sam Smithís 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 isnít a sipping beer, itís a gulper).
Still under £2.00 a pint in an historic central London pub (Oct 2011), you canít go wrong. In fact I had another half in the beautiful Princess Louise half an hour after rinsing this pint Iíve just reviewed.
Oakes (11416) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2000
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2014 Very fruity, hints of wood in the finish. Refreshing, with a subtlely complex malt character. Supremely sessionable. The wood adds an extra dimension - some tannins in particular - that elevates this beer.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2000
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pleasant beer, not my favorite, but very drinkable. malts and hops well balanced and tastey.