Adnams The Bitter (Bottle/Can)

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


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RATINGS: 473   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rubbishystuff (2422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2017 I thought that this was a lovely bitter. Coppery in color and a bit heavier than I thought it would be. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9737) - Cincinnati, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattiasA (862) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
Backlog. Can from Systembolaget. Caramamelly and bready with some dough. Decent, but thats about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (8242) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAR 19, 2014
Rating from 2012. Dunkelbraun im Glas, leicht malzig, Bitter-typisch. Etwas nussig, malzig, trocken. Etwas dünn, aber gut.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
s_hartshorne (2715) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (4286) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2013
@ Sergios 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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 werent 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 doesnt last long. Papery nose suggests age/oxidation but its still fragrant and inviting enough. Solidly nutty and malty with just a touch of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (9773) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090429.
Pours golden color with a medium head. Aroma of hops, caramel, grass and malts. Flavor of caramel malts, hay and fruits. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8217) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2013
50 cl bottle @ home. Rated on 28.02.2009
Aroma is somewhat fruity with hops, toffee and some nuts. Flavour has fruits, some apricot, citrus, hay, toffee and biscuits. Good and clean bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (4055) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Wow, this is retired? Another bitter bites the dust but I have full faith that the British brewing scene is livelier than ever and continues to blossom daily. Good thing cuz Ive always been kinda down on British beers but I havent really had a large enough sample size to make any sort judgement. Bottles from spirit haus and the moan and dove in Amherst as part of the mug list. Bitter sour malt. Thats what I get from every bitter, even most today and definitely back at the Dove in 2005.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2012
Bottled. Hazy amber, small creamy head, soft carbonation. Vague fruity aroma, maybe a whiff of malts. Flavor is nutty, toasted malts, caramel and only a touch of fruity British hops. Short finish, average Bitter.

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