Old Brewery Bitter
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
English Bitter
Ranked #42
Ranked #23,144
3.73 | pDev: 13.4%
Mar 18, 2023
Jun 10, 2002
Old Brewery BitterOld Brewery Bitter
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Rated: 4.06 by rpmello81 from California

Mar 18, 2023
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on cask. Lighter brown pour with a kahki head, spotted lacing. Faint stilton cheese underneath toffee malt, stone fruit and brown bread, odd but pleasant. Taste has great toffee malt, herbal hops, apricot, brown bread, and a hint of wood root. Feel is mark by how light and pleasant it is, smooth and warm too. The wife loved it
Oct 15, 2022
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Rated by cebsch from Michigan

5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
My absolute favorite cask ale in the UK!
Jun 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Cask conditioned ("drawn from an oak cask") at The Golden Ball, Scarborough (a Samuel Smith’s pub). Deep golden colour, creamy head. Pleasant aroma of fruity hops. Tolerable hops in the flavour - smooth and easy drinking. Okay.
Jun 02, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by Noelito76 from New York

Aug 21, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
a classic and wonderful example of the style, so cool to drink this at one of their pubs in london, felt like a real special experience and interaction with english brewing history. this has a beautiful light amber color to it with immaculate clarity and a rich creamy white head. im waxing nostalgic here, but this is exactly what i want a beer like this to taste like, malty and lightly metallic, well aged it seems, mature in a cool way for an ale, and with all the english malt you could really pack into a beer this light in alcohol, and not overly sweet to drink, its a classic old world session beer, the sam smith yeast is obvious in it, and its balanced in a wonderful way, with just a little bit of english bittering hops to close it out. hearty and satisfying for its mild strength, and a cool beer for a chilly rainy windy day, of which there are apparently a lot of in london. its smooth in feel, has a honey and nutty character to the grain, bready and earthy, simple but not one dimensional, i love that. soft carbonation is all it needs, and this ends up being a real enjoyable and classic english bitter, a model for others to follow.
May 19, 2019
Rated: 4.69 by alesinwales from Wales

May 06, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by informaticsDoc from Pennsylvania

Apr 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Premo88 from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
pint on cask at Earl of Lonsdale, London, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

L: copper brown, clear as water, little bitty cap for a head, no major lacing/sticking

S: malty fruity ... loads of bread, bread dough, buttery bread ... apricot ... so fruity then sweeter as it warms, almost cherry cheesecake then a super sweet cherry pie

T: a bit stale, light bread malt, pinch of peach and firm layer of dirt-hop bitterness that's so far from medicinal it's not even funny, just that perfect bit of bitter that's tantalizingly tasty

F: unbelievable ... my first cask ale in England and it's everything it's reported to be and more; so little carbonation yet it bites and tickles so much, just that little prickle that eases each swallow down the gullet

O: for a first cask ale/Real Ale experience, fantastic! I could drink this everyday and need nothing more; an ultimate session beer
May 22, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Danielr26 from Michigan

Apr 26, 2018
Rated: 3.95 by Nace4 from Virginia

Aug 14, 2017
Rated: 4 by Zach136 from Georgia

May 24, 2017
Rated: 4 by cryptichead from Illinois

Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 4 by Adamostella from Washington

Jan 30, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by DbbC from Illinois

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Sep 17, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Sep 04, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

May 21, 2016
Rated: 2.82 by CharlesStenner from England

Jan 08, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Beerasaurus from Virginia

Nov 12, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by steverx8 from England

Aug 26, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by Honeybourne from Scotland

Jun 28, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by Georgiabeer from Georgia

Jun 21, 2015
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Rated by justme from Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
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...
Jun 20, 2015
Rated: 3.6 by Highbury09 from North Carolina

Jun 05, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by MisterKilderkin from California

May 26, 2015
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Reviewed by Fatehunter from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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.
May 09, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by MaSaiani from Brazil

Oct 30, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by BreweryRun from California

Oct 02, 2014
Rated: 5 by benjibear from England

Oct 01, 2014
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Rated by deebo from Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.2%
On cask in Stamford. Very smooth. Distinct fruity taste. Hints of oak. Very pleasing
Sep 11, 2014
Rated: 4 by Scarta from England

Jun 09, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by tom10101 from Canada (QC)

Apr 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by afsdan from Colorado

Mar 22, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Wobbly from Missouri

Feb 08, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Mr_Pink_152 from England

Jan 06, 2014
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Amber golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Predominant flowery aroma.
Sweet malty taste with light notes of oxidized apple, toffee and vanilla. Hints of minerals. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with very low carbonation.
A malty juice. Not really that fun, an average real ale.
Nov 22, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by spointon from Illinois

Nov 15, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Josiah2729 from Tennessee

Oct 19, 2013
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