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


on tap

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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
harrisoni (14353) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2005
Keg at Anchor Tap, Southwark. Copper coloured with thick creamy head. Some hoppy aroma. Mouthfeel is creamy, a little light on the flavours.Finish has a bit of tangy hop, some caramel. Inoffensive

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
NotChris (6) - ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2005 does not count
Ah now we’re talking (not!). A useless pint in every regard. Tin. Wet paper. Lifeless. Kills the monkey. Kills the spark. Fizz it up the khyber and see how the boys like it. Bless ’em.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2005
(cask at Princess Louise, London) Clear light amber body topped by a big creamy off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, leafy/earthy, floral. Taste is medium sweet, mild, caramel, floral, light bitter. Smooth and watery light body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2005
Keg, at the Princess Loiuse, Holborn, London.
Amber and nice enough to look at (for a keg beer) nothing out of the ordinary. If you pissed enough at the end of the night you wouldn’t mind drinking this stuff.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckyjim (6) - ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2005 does not count
Having never been a fan of bitter, this really suprised me. smooth bittery taste with hints of apple and also oddly tinned peaches in syrup <--- think maybe im on my own on this one. Aftertatse is much the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
CASK- Poursa gold hue with a light white head. Aromas of malt, aa hint of caramel and old hops. Flavors of the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2610) - GERMANY - FEB 19, 2005
Slightly musty nose, gold color, creamy nitro head. Creamy malt taste with a low bitter. Smooth texture with a medium body. Quick profile. Could use more hops - lots more. All in all a quality beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SilkTork (5321) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2005
Keg @ the Princess Louise, Holborn. Stunning pub - shame about the beer. Foamy yet hard. Some faint tin and apple. Unpleasant.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2004
Finally, the last of Sam Smiths fizz offerings at the culmination of the RB London Christmas pub crawl and Joeh has successfully prevailed on us to try every thing on offer. This one is a keg bitter. One look and sniff immediately transports me back to the bad days of the 70s when beer such as this was taking over all draught ale sales. Metallic, ashy and cardboardy. Although overall, it was drinkable and not that offensive. But I won’t be drinking it again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
Copper with a white head. Sweet bland flavour. Slight stale aroma. Medium smooth feel. Blergh.

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