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

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unknown

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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


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2025) - 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 (12611) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
olsvammel (3691) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2010
On tap at Princess Louise. Both the taste and smell of this beer was very weak. The only comment I left was bread but it was just the faintest hint of it. The mouthfeel was at least smooth and creamy, but the body was very light. An easy to drink beer, almost like drinking water. Well it lacked flavour but at least it looked and felt nice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blipp (6495) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Cask. Pours golden amber with a thin head. Sweet and biscuity malts with a light underlying hoppy note. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3533) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
From a pint pour from a keg at The Falcon in Chester, England. An amber color with a foamy white head that old lacing. Nose of caramel malts with floral hops. Medium body and a slick mouthtfeel. Flavor is malts with some floral hops in the background. . Finish is bitter. A actually quite decent, but compared to the Old Brewery Bitter falls a tiny bit short.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
altonbrownd (3681) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2010
Cask at Anchor Tap. Golden yellow with tall head. Hoppy nose. Taste of malts and fruits. Very bitter. Quite enjoyable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
greenmanalishi (492) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2010
Cask. London. Floral nose and sweet, honey flavours with biscuit backing. A little thin, but good overall balance and character.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
[2713-20100119] Tap. Good toasty hints in the aroma. Clear, medium orange body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head and thick lacing. Smooth toasty hops flavour has a little wood and a long sweet aftertaste. Creamy medium body. Good bitter.
(@ The Cardinal; near Victoria Station, London)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2010
Cask @ Princess Louise. Golden with lasting sparkling white head. Light fruit notes and honeyish malt. Very subdued all round. Low bitterness in the finish.


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