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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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83
good

51 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002)
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bh123

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

03-31-2012 09:00:51 | More by bh123
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MarioM

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-23-2012 07:36:25 | More by MarioM
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2010 10:24:21 | More by CanuckRover
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

3/5  rDev -18%

02-15-2012 04:31:52 | More by ChaseTheAce
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-
Poured from the cask in the Opera House at Trafalgar Square. Light amber body with no visible signs of carbonation other than a thick cream-colored moussy head. This head was well-retained and produced some tremendous lacing.

Aroma-
This beer starts with a light crackerlike malt character, and builds with a low-alpha noble hop aroma and a slight impression of yeast. The nose was somewhat mild overall, but inviting nonetheless.

Taste-
On the palate, the anticipated crackerlike malt, low-alpha hops and yeastiness comes through. Hop bitterness is moderate along with some impressions of lemongrass on the mid-palate. The finish lingers with a nice maltiness and a kiss of oak. Quite a lovely beer.

Mouthfeel-
The big creamy body is perfectly accentuated with a velvety soft carbonation... truly a "velvet blanket". Astringency is very mild, and of course, there is no EtOH heat.

Overall-
One of the best bitters I have had the pleasure of consuming. I definitely recommend this on cask!

Serving type: cask

02-07-2012 00:53:09 | More by jgasparine
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TheDM

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium white head of fine and medium sized bubbles that leaves behind a good lacing. It's body is atransparent light semicloudy yellow orange color. It has a mild honey aroma. It tastes smooth with someafter bite and a lingering hoppy flavor. This brew has some character and is drinkable. A decent beer to
sit and have a plesant conversation with.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 15:01:38 | More by TheDM
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-15-2013 19:40:49 | More by vinicole
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hyuga

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-15-2011 05:43:50 | More by hyuga
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Wobbly

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

02-08-2014 16:35:49 | More by Wobbly
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Josiah2729

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-19-2013 07:49:23 | More by Josiah2729
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Mr_Pink_152

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-06-2014 20:25:25 | More by Mr_Pink_152
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diverite

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -18%

03-15-2013 16:10:41 | More by diverite
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a couple at the Angel and White Horse next to the old Samuel Smith brewery in Tadcaster, which is a really nice pub.

A: Dulled amber with a thin but sustained creamy head.

S: Not a lot.

T: Very mild. The only discernible flavour is mild citrusy lemonade. It's a very chilled out bitter and there's no off flavours.

M: A bit creamy.

O: A lovely daytime beer. Very mild flavour but somewhat satisfying.

Serving type: cask

08-16-2013 07:35:40 | More by Hoppsbabo
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Johnq1964

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18%

08-25-2013 18:50:54 | More by Johnq1964
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mtrain237

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-07-2012 10:18:07 | More by mtrain237
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dwren89

Virginia

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.

Serving type: cask

07-11-2013 00:38:49 | More by dwren89
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Trizzle

United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Lovely looking clear amber body with a good dense nitro-esque head and nice lace.

Nose of caramel and butterscotch malt. Some
Vinegar.

Good solid mouthful of butterscotch and cherries, thick feel, too sweet , no hops. Meh.

So so. Sam smith do great pubs. I love their porter and barley wine, but this is the definition of mediocrity. At best.

Serving type: cask

07-21-2011 18:58:14 | More by Trizzle
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Doiv

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mid to deep copper colour with an off-white head. Smooth but not too creamy.

Aroma is malty, hoppy and quite nutty - hazelnuts I think.

Subtle fruit flavour, citrussy lingering undertones with hoppy nut flavours and a slightly dry, citrussy aftertaste.

Smooth and drinks well. Pleasantly light body.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 20:04:51 | More by Doiv
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jnjander

Georgia

3/5  rDev -18%

07-13-2012 16:39:32 | More by jnjander
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foamer

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

07-02-2005 22:16:14 | More by foamer
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Trentonator

Kansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 02:43:18 | More by Trentonator
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samyoung

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have had this several times hand pulled from a cask at The Cock near Oxford Circus in London, and in my mind it is the definition of a great English bitter.

A - Looks like a dream in a 20 ounce imperial pint. The ale is coppery and bronzed.

S - Mild smells of sweetness and bitterness.

T - Sweet and bitter all at the same time. Very earthy and robust.

M - Coats your palette with a great, thick feeling.

D - Usually have three in one sitting attesting to the exceptional drink-ability of this awesome ale.

Serving type: cask

01-12-2010 20:51:53 | More by samyoung
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msromberg

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-31-2011 18:52:34 | More by msromberg
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pauljmccain

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 04:42:46 | More by pauljmccain
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mrandolph

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely amber with a dense white head with firm bubbles from tap (Nitro, I believe, at a company pub in Oxford). The aroma has very low levels of earthy UK hops. This is a very estery beer, pears and apples. Raisiny caramel notes lead the flavor, with low levels of bittering hops complemented by low flavor hops and noticeable esters. The beer goes down smooth with a medium body.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-05-2009 09:37:29 | More by mrandolph
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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