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

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RATINGS: 84   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


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
stravale (2258) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 29, 2012
Keg @ Cramond Inn, Edinburgh
Amber, clear, bubbly thin dense head
Aroma of light cereal hops, light malt.
Taste of light biscuity malt, bit of weetabix, light toffee, not great, bit metallic
Palate - medium carb, thin body. Finish of biscuity malt and quite metallic finish
Overall - Quite metallic here - worth a re-rate..... certainly below average today

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ralphdot (993) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2011
4.1% light amber colour with a good head, slight hop aroma, sweet bitter taste, not as good as the Old Brewery Bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dynamiteninja (1587) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2011
Keg. The Hansom Cab, York. Medium white head. Golden body. Excellent lacing. Fruity, hoppy, citric, perfumey, spicy, peppery. Bittersweet. Dry finish. creamy mouthfeel. How Stones Bitter ought to taste I imagine.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCast_Rich (1891) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2011
[keg at Cramond Inn, Edinburgh] Nut brown, thick white head from the pour. Very cold as on keg, not much aroma. Once it warms, some bready malt on the nose. Quite nice mild roast palate, slightly bitter finish, but nothing too crazy. A decent, doughy, bitter [26092011]

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
August 15, 2011 - draught at Duke of Argyll, Soho. Amber-gold, clear, milky off-white creamy nitro head. Apart from the nitro tang, it smells floral, sweet - mild, mostly. Clean taste - floral, sweet but not as, coy light grain - airy mouthfeel, not all that carbonated - mostly I got nitro on the palate. Meh...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (11429) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2011
Draught at Princess Louise, London. Golden beer with a nicre steady creamy offwhite head. Quitediscreet malty aroma. Hoppy grassy bitter flavor, metal notes. Nice lacing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
On tap at the Duke of Argyll, Soho. Not as much in terms of flavour profile as the OBB, but a thicker mouthfeel and a lot smoother.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (1979) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2011
Samuel Smiths slightly stronger bitter and one up from Old Brewery. Same golden brown hue, creamy head, lovely bready aroma, but taste is less complex than Old Brewery. A good session beer though, but if I had a choice it would be Old Brewery.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JamieFerdinand (163) - Hove, East Sussex, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
Draught at Robert Raikes House, Gloucester - 30/10/10. Nice looking beer though served quite cold. Very smooth to drink and then bitter on the palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11841) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2010
Cask at Bricklayers Arms. Pours a clear, honey hue with a thick, creamy white head. Malty aroma and very, very doughy, with some light florals. Sweet flavor with more bread and dough, along with biscuite followed by some light, earthy bitterness in Phase II. Medium in body with fine, extremely smooth and creamy carbonation. Finishes lightly sweet with some lingering dough and faint bitters. I really liked it.


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