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Maxim Samson (Bottle)

 
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Formerly brewed at Maxim
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Houghton le Spring, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 2.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled; Pasteurised.
Also available in cask at 4.5% - see seperate entry.
Samson is brewed mainly using Maris Otter malt, with a blend of a small amount of Crystal and roasted malts to deliver its distinctive flavour. The balance, bitterness and aroma is enhanced through the addition of English Golding hops to both the main brew and individually to each cask. The result is SAMSON which is a very distinctive beer that delivers a lingering bitterness from the roasted malt on the back of the palate with a deceptively dry finish.

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2.3
tommann (3897) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2011
550ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small head. Aroma is vanilla, caramel malt and boiled sweets. Taste has some stewed fruit to start. Skunky caramel and toffee finish. Watery.

3.7
mike_77 (7022) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2011
Red-brown colour. Thick head. Warming malt aroma. Soft texture, very smooth and easy to drink. Flavour could do with a touch more bitterness.

2.9
DruncanVeasey (8260) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2009
First rate in a year and a half?? Clear bottle from B+M. Cold and uncomplicated with generic pasteurised nuttiness and marzipan notes. Quite a bit of aniseed as it warms up. Aroma of marzipan, caramel, faint cabbage, ganja and fennel. Bright red with fine white foam. Poor man’s Newkie Brown. Thin and dead, but not unpleasant.

2.4
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2007
Deep mahogany hue with a foamy off white head. Fruity nose. Fruity and toffee flavour and hints of rust. Standard stuff.

2.7
imdownthepub (15131) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2006
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml. Brown to copper beer with short fizzed head. Initially a heavy impact of CO2, tinny and cardboardy, but when this disappears there is a general flatness to the beer and taste. Malty, toffee caramel body and a sweet finish. Unremarkable really.

3
rauchbier (3925) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2006
Bottled, from Sainsburys. Bronze, thin but lasting white head and gentle condition. Low earthy hops and caramel in the nose, gentle balance of fruity hop and roast barley in the mouth, becoming bitter (part hops and part roast barley) in the finish alhough some sweetness remains.

2.7
SilkTork (5801) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2005
A non-live bottle. Injected fizz. Boiled sweets and toffee. A pleasant beer for the kids. An alcopop!

2.9
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2005
Clear orange-brown with off-white lasting head. Decent lacings. The beer is fruity (grape and lime) and has quite som toffey. Thin on the palate.

2.7
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Vaux were once a bit of a brewing force in the North East of England. They had a good number of pubs selling solid but unremarkable real ales like Double Maxim and Wards Sheffield Best Bitter. They even owned the Caledonian Brewery (Lorimer and Clarks before the MBO) and used it to churn out ’Scotch Bitter’. Anyhoo, they sold up to a hotel chain who didn’t want to brew. This is an unremarkable malty premium bitter in the northern style. Some people must hold fond memories of it but I really don’t see any point in resurrecting it. Oh, well.

2.7
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2005
Bottle. Nose is subtle. Looks good. A bit thin and a bit overcarbed going down, but some nice toffee malt presence. Essentally, the flavour is good but afterwards it burns a little and makes you burp too much and leaves an astringency in the mouth - it’s like it has tried a little too hard to be all things to all drinkers and ended up at the lowest common denominator.


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