Adnams The Bitter (Bottle/Can)

Formerly brewed at Adnams
Style: Bitter
Southwold, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Available in 500ml pasteurised bottles, and in cans. Formerly known as Adnams Suffolk Strong Ale, now known as Southwold Bitter. Replaced in the Adnams bottled beer range by Southwold Bitter at 4.1% (different recipe). SSB is a refreshing beer of real flavour, distinctively hoppy and deliciously dry - perfect served cool. SSB commemorates the building of the famous Southwold Lighthouse, which has been guiding ships to safety since 1890.

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p0urmeac0ld0ne (499) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - DEC 8, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 Review from memory for personal records. Had a malt dominance, but cannot recall full tasting notes. I’ve written 4/5 in my 1001 Beers guide, and whilst this seems a little high, I will honour my original rating.

deepdrinker (385) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2017 historical back log rating so no notes on aroma / taste / palate . Just the rating saved

Grumbo (4732) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2017
Bottle, local supermarket, from backlog. Poured dark amber to pale brown in colour with a small just off-white head. Aromas of hop, fruit, caramel, bread and light floral notes. Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Medium body, slight oily and watery texture, soft to average carbonation. Better than it’s replacement.

gripweed57 (3096) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2017
From old tasting notes. Originally labeled as Suffolk Extra Ale. Copper red color. Rocky beige head. Nice floral hop aroma. Dryish toasted malt flavor with a hint of spruce and spicy hops.

alexsdad06 (11558) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle from old backlog notes. Pours a hazy orange amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor had sweet malts, toffee, caramel, aged fruits with mild bitterness to the finish. A tick is a tick.

MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
Backlog. Can from Systembolaget. Caramamelly and bready with some dough. Decent, but that’s about it.

Erzengel (10018) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAR 19, 2014
Rating from 2012. Dunkelbraun im Glas, leicht malzig, Bitter-typisch. Etwas nussig, malzig, trocken. Etwas dünn, aber gut.

s_hartshorne (2853) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Cask black rock wakefield. Dark amber colour. Good white head great lacing. Aroma is biscuity malts. Taste is malty bitter finish. Thin body. Nothing special about this one but ok.

rondphoto (4582) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2013
@ Sergio’s Louisville Hazy dark amber with a 1/2" head that lasts, dots and splotches of lace. Taste is caramel malt with molasses and dark toast that moves smoothly through the palate to a mild floral hop finish. Taste is far bigger than one would expect from 4.5% abv, a terrific session brew. Seeing that it is retired is unfortunate, and makes no sense (unless Broadside provides most of the sales?) Highly recommended.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle from World Market, Durham. Always had an inexplicable soft spot for this brewery, even if their beers weren’t especially fresh or distinctive when encountered. Semi-hazed amber on the pour, has a chewy appearance that seems to suit the style a bit. Medium filmy head doesn’t last long. Papery nose suggests age/oxidation but it’s still fragrant and inviting enough. Solidly nutty and malty with just a touch of bitterness.

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