1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Skinner's Betty Stogs Bitter - Skinner's Brewery

Not Rated.
Skinner's Betty Stogs BitterSkinner's Betty Stogs Bitter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

32 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Skinner's Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-26-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by foamer:
Photo of foamer
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this little gem on cask at Three Judges in Glasgow (and promptly taunted my friend from Truro who couldn't make it that afternoon).

Pours a chestnut brown with a bubbly off-white head with nice retention. Leaves nice, satisfying bubbly foam down the glass. Sweet malt with some nice subtle fruity notes in the nose. Very nice balance with the malt backing and the nice fruity hops. I'm getting hints of green apple and sugar plum. Quite lovely. And one of my favourite bitters. Smooth and light-ish mouthfeel. A truly delightful and exceedingly drinkable bitter and very refreshing to boot. I tried a number of the 3 Judges other offerings but kept coming back to this. Now I think I'm going to head down to Cornwall to try some of this on whilst gazing out over the fetching Cornish seaside. Seek this out!

foamer, Apr 24, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

innominat, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2012. The label mentions that it is named after a character from Cornish folklore.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy orange-amber colour with high carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy off-white foam; this lasts for ages before eventually subsiding to a thick surface layer. Aroma of subtle malt with notes of dry yeast, mild citrus and a hint of soap/detergent(!?). Slightly sweet.

Tastes of grainy crystal malt with a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast and subtle aromatic citrus. A faint spiciness on the tongue, but little bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with decent body and prickly carbonation. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of dry yeast.

Not bad - a tasty session ale. Quite yeasty, though I suspect this is because I've hung on to the bottle for too long. Wouldn't mind if the aromatic hops were a shade more pronounced. Drinkable - worth sampling.

jazzyjeff13, May 24, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(cask) Really nice, softly textured bitter. Lovey fresh hops, a bit tangy, citric, with a definite bitterness, bit of cookie dough in there aswell, lovely soft mouthfeel, nice drop. Lots of flavour for a beer with only 4% alcohol. Smooth and uncomplicated, but somehow, really works for me.

rastaman, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. The first Cornish ale that I've encountered? Maybe. For me, I'm more reminded of another Simpsons-ism: "Skinnner!". Or the X-Files. Or, ok, onto the product at hand.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper hue, with one finger of puffy, bubble bursting ecru head, which leaves a low wash of island shore lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of biscuity, bready malt, with a nice sourdough undercurrent, mild aged citrus, and a soft earthy spiciness. The taste is more spicy in its demeanor, subtly bleeding over the still prominent toasted biscuit malt and burgeoning citrus hops, revealing itself as a leafy, low-grade red bell pepper zinginess.

The carbonation is a tad prickly at moments, but tame overall, the body an enveloping medium weight, and quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt teetering a bit further toward things bready, and the spice petering out a fair bit.

A bit of a surprise, I must say - everything going for a spot-on English bitter, all accented, augmented, abused, whatever, by the hop-borne (I assume) spicy notes that linger throughout. That said, I like it.

biboergosum, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Lallsballs77
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Lallsballs77, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Pelicanrocks, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Jerseyislandbeer, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (best before 28 July 2012) poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 9th May 2012.

Light to mid brown in body colour, clear and clean: on top an off-white crown of foaming bubbles.

Good malty nose and taste: molasses and malt biscuits stuck together by a mildly hop presence.

Almost as good as the cask version: a fine blend of flavours and very, very drinkable.

BlackHaddock, May 09, 2012
Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4.5/5  rDev +19%

MrTinnedPEach, May 05, 2013
Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

vinicole, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint glass to a symphonic aroma of hops and light citrus notes, floury maltiness and floral gums the smell alone makes it worthwhile.

A golden light coloured body lies below a thin but healthy white bubbly head.

The taste is of Cornwall alright, that punchy slight peppery bitterness that spreads across the tongue and slides so easily down the mouth slightly lacking in carbonation such is how I remember drinking local beer down there.

All of those elements that played on the nose dance round the palate.

Thin and crispy lol light and breezy

I can see why they label it a session beer

EmperorBevis, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is light copper amber, has a small off-white head with little lacing.

Fruit, apples, pears, grass and nuts.

Tasting sweet brown bread, then pears and lime peel, alkaloids.

Medium carbonation, watery with a small body, a coarse dry finish.

A bit uneven, and a metallic bitterness. But in all an average bitter.

rarbring, May 28, 2012
Photo of GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copper, slight haze, thin layer of off-white suds

Aroma: mild maltiness, leaf hops, honey, dark caramel toffee

Flavor: dry malt profile with an upfront grapefruit hop flavor and a firm but gentle bitterness; finishes dry with a lingering citrus finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, crisp

Other comments: A fruity but dry ale with a scrumptious hop profile.

GreenCard, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Josiah2729
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Josiah2729, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Lovely85, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Kmat10, May 22, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

harpus, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes nice and hoppy which is pretty good for an imported 4% session ale. This is a decent beer with a pleasnant hop nose , flowery due to the types of hops used. Light mouthfeel which suits the style of beer. very drinkable and a pleasant finish. Not amazing but a beer I would be glad to have on tap if I am ever in Cornwall.

canucklehead, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of BDTyre
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice bitter - dark amber with a big, white head (probably due to the bottle conditioning).

Nice biscuity malt scent with spicy hops. Well balanced in the nose.

Toasty, biscuity malts with a bit of a creamy background and a good hop kick. Citrus and spice from the hops. Dry, grainy taste at the finish.

Nice mouthfeel, a bit bright but not bad. At 4%, even with the good hop profile this is a good session bitter.

BDTyre, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Beerstorian
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Beerstorian, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Exeter, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of bottlerocket24
4.5/5  rDev +19%

bottlerocket24, May 27, 2012
Photo of ToddHolder
3.25/5  rDev -14%

ToddHolder, Mar 04, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Skinner's Betty Stogs Bitter from Skinner's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.