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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery BitterSamuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter

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31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 63
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 19.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

On cask in Stamford. Very smooth. Distinct fruity taste. Hints of oak. Very pleasing

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Photo of dwren89
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden amber, nice clarity, foamy off white head

Aroma: not a very strong aroma, slightly earthy

Taste: mild and muted, pale malt biscuity-ness with English hop character. Not very flavorful

Mouthfeel:creamy and medium-light bodied

Overall impression: typical bitter flavor, nothing spectacular. Fairly weak bodied to be honest.

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Photo of rastaman
2.06/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pretty ordinary, sweet creamy mouthfeel, Ok maltiness, not much bitterness, not much hoppyness, smooth aswell and tasted very very flat, lacks bite and once again this is a bit to sweet and creamy for me.

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Photo of foamer
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled onboard the buffet car of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, W. Yorks.

Pours a clear, rich orangey-amber with a nice creamy off-white head which leaves some lacing. Sweet and fruity malts in the nose, with discernable oak notes. Not too powerful, but present. Sweet malts up front with fruity notes of pear, green apple, and peach leading to a lingering earthy hop bitterness with definite oak overtones. Lovely. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable and quite refreshing.

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Photo of justme
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

At the olde Cheshire Cheese in London. Great experience. Still not sold on English bitters...

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Ye Olde Cheshire.

A dark amber with cream head... not the greatest lighting in the world though.

Wood on the nose, quite earthy and nutty. Just a hint of dark fruit behind.

Some subtle English fruity malt up front followed by nice vanilla tones. Finish is quite oaky, though not overblown.

A decent enough Bitter. Certainly sessionable.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-cask at The Cock in London. Appeared a hazy golden yellow with a tall white head. Eh, nice and drinkable but a bit plain. The aroma is just a sharp, sweet mellon note and a plain bready flavor. Very drinkable and it fits well into the style Worth a try is you're into Sam Smith beers - but understand, this isn't at the same level as the Taddy Porter or Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is wood and vinegar (not as bad as it sounds).
The taste is mild sweetness with a stronger wood flavor.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Highbury09
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hotstuff
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer had a medium sized head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles.The hue of this beer was orange and it produced a decent lacing on the sides of my glass.To me it has a fruity, citrusy nose.This is definitely a bitter tasting beer.This is not my favorite style of beer; however, it wasn't that bad.

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Photo of Trentonator
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer had a unique taste, bitter is definitely the operative term, as this beer is very bitter. I liked it OK, but could not drink more than one in a sitting. Mouthfeel is similar to sucking on a lemon, the beer's appearance is intriguing. I wonder if this is a more popular beer in the UK, where it probably compliments the blander taste of the food there.

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Photo of hyuga
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was amazed to find I’d never reviewed this beer having drank it on numerous occasions when in London and other Sam Smith’s pub around the country over the years: anyway I’ve put that right today.

This review is of a pint, hand pulled in the ‘Citte of Yorke’ in Holborn, London; a lovely old pub listed on the BA beerfly database.

Sadly this is now the only beer Sam Smith’s brewery brings out in cask form, everything else is keg or bottle, not cask.

Clear amber body with a creamy head of bubbles which are off-white in colour and produce some good thick lacing as I down the liquid it covers.

The nose is a complex mix of wood notes, autumn leaves, caramel and a fresh loaf of bread.

The taste is equally as complex: malts just about lead the way with a good hop contingent coming up fast behind, well balanced and easy to drink. Semi-sweet from the caramel like molasses in the malts, but with an undertone of hop bitterness which asserts itself half way through each gulp (this isn’t a sipping beer, it’s a gulper).

Still under £2.00 a pint in an historic central London pub (Oct 2011), you can’t go wrong. In fact I had another half in the beautiful Princess Louise half an hour after rinsing this pint I’ve just reviewed.

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Photo of pauljmccain
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

on tap in London, into pint

A: Beautiful deep tawny copper color. Looks great and inviting, with a half finger head that lasts. Good lacing. Great appearance.

S: Quite hoppy. A bit of roasted malt but the hops dominates the scent.

T: This is not the best tasting beer by normal standards but has a distinctive taste. It is balanced on the tongue a bit by a roasted, slightly nutty maltiness. Blends well. Faint tastes of fruits and bread. I really enjoyed it.

M: Nice carbonation, nothing special. Light feel.

D: Not a session beer for most due to the bitterness. But look at the name! I really enjoyed it. My favorite Sam Smith.

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Mark
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to try a Sam Smith on cask, from a wood cask at that! Old Brewery Bitter was a solid copper color topped by a thin white head. lacing was smattered about and on the thin side. Sweet malt aroma is strong yet inviting. Sweet malt and hop is prevalent in a long finish. Seems well balanced and is very smooth and drinkable. Had it at the wonderful Citte Of York pub in London.

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Photo of slimntubbs
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is amber, the beer is clear, the head is thick and off-white. Some lacing.

Smells of caramel and hay.

Initially butter scotch, then sour fruits, orange, lemon and green apples. A good bitter finish.

Medium carbonation, very soft and easy to drink.

A good solid ale. On-tap at The Earl of Lonsdale at Portobello Rd.

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jnjander
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Josiah2729
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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