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Samuel Smiths Sovereign Bitter

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Filtered and pasteurised and served under pressure from a keg only.
Originally known as Sovereign Best Bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (7048) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2016
Clear caramel golden color with a fine creamy white head. Good lacing. Decent intensity in the aroma. Medium (-) body and a soft carbonation. Ok balance between sweetness and bitterness. Caramel malty, mild fruity and mild bready flavor. Decent and easy to drink. I am not a big fan of these bitter ale on handpull. This one proved me wrong.
[Handpull at Earl of Lonsdale (Notting Hill) in London, England]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vignale (3366) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2016
Cask on a pub somewhere in Soho, London. A brewery the I usually have been impressed by but this is a dull watery bitter. The body lacks structure and maltyness. Flowery and earthy hops medium bitterness. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (2790) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2016
Draught at The Duke of Argyll, London. Somewhat hazy dark orange with a medium white soapy head. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Subtle bitter and sweet tones. Caramel, malts, grain and biscuit. Refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (1891) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Keg at Sinclair’s Oyster Bar, Manchester. A clear pale amber colour with a creamy white head. Aroma of grain, some caramel and apple. Taste of biscuit, grain, apple and some earthy bitterness. Light bodied and a smooth texture. A soft grainy bitterness in the finish. A solid draught bitter but the Old Brewery Bitter is slightly better

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (9528) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2015
Keg at the Tivoli, Morecambe. Pours clear good with a thin white head. Aromas of caramel, biscuit. Taste is light sweet, biscuit. Dry finish. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Cask at princess Louise, holborn. Took 10+ minutes to pour. Very unsettled with a really sturdy creamy head that you have to chew through. Aroma is wet newspaper, weak hops and barley. cloying texture with a medium dry finish. Hops and wet paper. Poor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (9514) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2015
Cask at the princess Louise in holburn. Golden clear coloured pour with a cascading creamy head. Aroma is nutty base malts, some raisin. Flavour is composed of nutty malts with a little caramel, raisin and dried fruits, tangy fruit in the finish. Palate is creamy with moderate carbonation, very easy going. Thick lace on the glass. I enjoyed this, classic bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Iznogud (2611) - CROATIA - JAN 1, 2015
Cask at the Kings Arms, York, UK. pours copper with white head. Malty, caramel, light hoppy. Bit bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Poured clear amber with an off white head. Aroma of bitter hops and soft malt. Light body, flavour is overly bitter, not much fruit apparently.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
The_Osprey (6556) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Keg at Fitzroy Tavern. Pale orange, hazy, sparkling, small dense foamy white head, full thick lacing. No discernable aroma. Body is light, pretty smooth, medium carbonation. Taste is soda water, twiggy, bready maltiness, soft bitterness. Very watery and not suited to keg. Marginally better than their standard lagers.

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