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


on tap

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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Filtered and pasteurised and served under pressure from a keg only.
Originally known as Sovereign Best Bitter

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knickskicks (1162) - - JUL 24, 2012
On tap. Golden, white head. Biscuits, some lemon. Bitter finish. Ordinary bitter.

theatmosphere (50) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2012
This is decent enough stuff. Not a particularly strong taste but refreshing and easy to drink. I get through plenty of these at The Wellington in York when I am there. It’s definitely my Samuel Smith’s offering of choice.

Beersiveknown (5296) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 15, 2012
Clear amber with creamy foam head. Rich malt, slight lemon hop flavours, clean biscuit malt finish. Bit cold

deanso (9986) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - MAY 7, 2012
half a pint at the red Lion, Conisbrough. Creamy white head. Clear golden blond pour. An ok best bitter

jackl (8217) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2012
Keg @ The Princess Louise. Light golden color with a big, creamy head. The nose is fleeting sweet apples and light caramel, the aroma dissipates with alarming speed. I was left wondering whether I had simply imagined that the beer had an aroma. The taste is watery light malt, some caramel and more red apple. Very subdued in the flavor department. Not much to write about, really. The body’s thin. The carbonation pronounced. Overall, by far the worst of Sam Smith’s bitters. Far behind the actually decent Old Brewery...

superflyguy (439) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2012
not very good. really quite a thin palate with little going on in the malt or hop departments. a little bitterness in the finish is all there is to write home about.

stravale (3078) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - MAR 29, 2012
Keg @ Cramond Inn, Edinburgh
Amber, clear, bubbly thin dense head
Aroma of light cereal hops, light malt.
Taste of light biscuity malt, bit of weetabix, light toffee, not great, bit metallic
Palate - medium carb, thin body. Finish of biscuity malt and quite metallic finish
Overall - Quite metallic here - worth a re-rate..... certainly below average today

ralphdot (1094) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2011
4.1% light amber colour with a good head, slight hop aroma, sweet bitter taste, not as good as the Old Brewery Bitter.

dynamiteninja (1866) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2011
Keg. The Hansom Cab, York. Medium white head. Golden body. Excellent lacing. Fruity, hoppy, citric, perfumey, spicy, peppery. Bittersweet. Dry finish. creamy mouthfeel. How Stones Bitter ought to taste I imagine.

BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2011
[keg at Cramond Inn, Edinburgh] Nut brown, thick white head from the pour. Very cold as on keg, not much aroma. Once it warms, some bready malt on the nose. Quite nice mild roast palate, slightly bitter finish, but nothing too crazy. A decent, doughy, bitter [26092011]

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