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

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unknown

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Filtered and pasteurised and served under pressure from a keg only.
Originally known as Sovereign Best Bitter


2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
alari (30) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2008
No no no no, this is not a good beer at all. Would place it at the bottom of the Samuel Smiths offerings these days - only saving grace is that it comes up a bit cooler than the others so is quenching in summer. Silly metallic flavour. Nitro’d to death of course.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2008
Keg in the 78. The nitro killed this for me. No aroma. Taste is pale biscuity malts with a fruity note, but had through nitro at like 0 degree’s so just another beer thats been killed by nitro.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2008
Cask at Captain Kidd, Wapping. Pours a pale golden coloured beer with a frothy white head. Aroma of hops, grass and citrus. Taste is earthy with malts and hops quite well balanced. Very much a lager/pils rather than a bitter. Still a pleasant session beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2008
Cask @ Chandos, London. Amber colour with nitro head. Earthy aroma with some malts and pleasant hoppyness. Taste is slightly hoppy, citrus notes, metallic, some caramel. A little too lager like for me. Dry bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
On tap at the John Snow, Soho, 4th Feb 2008. Clear amber appearance with slight hoppy aroma. Tasty enough malt & hops, but not much to it. Light and quaffable palate with a decent bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2007
Draught at the Earl of Lonsdale, London - came dark copper with a thick off-white head. Probably a nitro pour. Citrusy hoppy aroma. Juicy and floral. Flavour is very fresh, citrusy, light malt, with a mild bitterness in the finish. Ultimately, very, very drinkable bitter. The hopping reminded me of American beers somewhat (though not nearly as heavy). Delicate and soft pint. Quite good.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4818) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2007
Keg at the Horse and Groom, Great Portland Street. Amber with a thick nitro-style head; smooth malty flavour with some citrus; gentle bitter finish. Much btter than the average keg bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4973) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2007
On tap at Horse and Groom, Great Portland Street. Amber with a thick creamy offwhite head. Fudge and citrus hops aroma. Earthy flavours blending with citrus. Good bitterness. Nice.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
Served on nitro. An orange beer with a thick white head. The aroma is very lightly fruity and malty - due to the nitrogen head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and caramel, leading to a dry bitter end. The mouthfeel is very smooth. I’m not a fan of nitro.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2231) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2007
Pint in the Waterguard, Cardiff. Fresh aroma of scents. Clear light copper colour, maybe more on the golden side with a thin white head. fruity taste with floral notes. Crisp tangy bitter. Just felt fresh and great to drink.


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