overall
45
86
style
Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Bitter
Tadcaster, England
Serve in English pint

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
Sam Smith's only cask ale. Usually served through a "sparkler".
Was 3.8%

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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raul (11) - ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2007
One of the great drinking travesties is that the dross brewed at Tadcasters other Smiths goes global whilst this little gem stays at home. Proper session bitter that tastes just as nice at 11pm as it did at 7. SAm Smiths pubs are pretty much a love em or hate em experience, but they can never be accused of putting branding ahead of brewing.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7470) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2007
Medium creamy offwhite lasting shiny head. Chestnut brown body settles slowly. Faint wooden aroma. Soft delicate wooden floral taste with nutty metallic notes. Soft, smooth, clean mouthfeel. Dry wooden metallic aftertaste. Very nice. (0.5pt on cask at Cittie of Yorke.)

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fukito (1057) - Santiago, CHILE - NOV 27, 2007
Cask at Cittie of York, october 07. Clear, shinny, golden color with a small, creamy, light crem head. Sulphurous, slightly eggy aroma but a bit faint. Mild, slightly sulphurous flavor with some fruity notes. Acid, sparky, creamy, very refreshing medium to light palate. Good. Refreshing, mild bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alari (30) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 Throughout London, over a number of years. This beer is so variable, depending on how well kept it is, and on how well the pub maintains their lines etc, that its difficult to score it accurately. In optimum conditions, is an excellent session beer with a surprisingly warm and rounded malt taste. Very well balanced, neither too bitter nor oversweet. Pleasant soft mouthfeel. Not sure why so many people have this marked down as watery, must be badly kept, as it is anything but when in condition. NOTE: This shouldn’t be confused with the keg version, which is crap by comparison. I think, though will have to check, that Chandos and John Snow have keg.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2007
On tap at Horse and Groom, Great Portlland Street. Reddish amber with a thick creamy, slightly yellowish head. Faint fudge aroma. Good bitterness, some caramel and milk. Smooth. Not over-exciting.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Cask @ The Chandos. Pours amber colour. Aroma isnt anything great. Taste is a little thin but definitely drinkable. Can be a good session beer.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 2     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 1
Aroma:
Intensity : 1  
Yeast : 1   Bread : 1   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : 2   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX  
Malt : 2   Biscuity : XX   Hay : XX   Toasty : XX   Caramel : 1   Nuts : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : XX   Grainy : XX
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Spicy : XX   Floral : 1   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 2   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 1   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : 3   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: Rather character devoid, little hops at all. Weak, weak bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (15558) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2007
Cask (Cittie of Yorke, London) Dark red. Slightly woody malty aroma. Huge malty taste with massive mellow oak accompaniament. Buttery, woody, smooth and mellow. Wonderful, and Im sure sessionable.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2007
Aug 07 Cask conditioned @ York Arms, York. Thin watery malt, caramel and mild hops. Not exactly unpleasant but lacking in flavour and at this price its probably cheaper than buying a bottle of water to quench your thirst.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6562) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2007
Cask. At Ye Old Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street, London. Why is this beer rated so low? Its nothing world-beating, and yeah, they used a sparkler, but it always pleases. Oh well. Poured a hazy pale copper with a lasting creamy beige head (3+). Wheaty/grainy floral aroma, dry, light toasty malt. Taste, same - some green apple, with a pretty lush understated herbal/wildflower hop backbone, the malt is only there for stability, and the light green apple crispness comes further forward as a result - still crisp and refreshing. Chewy, grainy mouthfeel, quite cask-still, very light, very soft astringency, the graininess really sticks around on the back of your tongue - very good session cask pint, I have this whenever I find it.


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