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

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RATINGS: 81   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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2556) - 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.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SilkTork (5187) - 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.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
chriso (7347) - 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.

2
   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.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2004
Nitro Keg at the "World’s Funniest Pub", The Anchor Tap, Tower Bridge, London..
0.1% increase in alcohol content, this is still a very much different beer. A lot better than the keg old brewery bitter, but still just a cruddy nitrokeg bitter. Some more fruit than the regular.
Sampled on the Ratebeer London Meetup & Pub Crawl, December 2004. With Silktork, Chris_o, & Kook.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 A smooth and creamy bitter. Mild flavour. Hoppy finish. Slightly thin.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
petefenelon (26) - ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2003
Just don't like it as much as OBB, it always tastes just a little too thin to me.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2003
Light hoppy and malty aroma but very faint. Light amber color, white creamy head, good lace. Creamy, bitter, bit thin. The finish is bitter but becomes sweeter and more malty in the very end.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
legion242 (2167) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Pale color; creamy head; no nose. Smooth but otherwise, undistinguishable(SP?) from a hundred other English bitters.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Davhgbrew (934) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2002
One of the best bitters I came across while in England, but I’m still not a fan.


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