Skinner's Betty Stogs Bitter | Skinner's Brewery

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Skinner's Betty Stogs BitterSkinner's Betty Stogs Bitter

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Skinner's Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-26-2003

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Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the royal Oak, Bath, UK.

The bartender said Scotland's ales were a bit "douchy" so this was a step up from what I'd had up north.

A: Copper bronze with a half finger head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Grapefruit, orange, raisins, malts.

T: Malty, yeast-y, citrus. Dry finish.

M: Light to medium. Medium carbonation.

O: A very pleasant arrival brew for my stay in Bath. Great town, great pub, great beer.

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Photo of rarbring
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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 and 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 middleweight, and quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt teetering a bit further toward things bready, and the spice petering out for the most part.

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 liked it.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of wl0307
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB 17/11/2010, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: This ale was awarded Champion Best Bitter of Great Britain, GBBF 2008.

A: pours a clear amber hue, coming with restrained streams of carbonation and a well-lasting off-white creamy/frothy head.
S: rather juicy upfront, featuring English orangey-citric hops, plus a light touch of yeasty sourness; a good swirl helps bring out a really light and enticing tinge of honey and a little cream (both from the maltiness I presume), while pale malt's biscuity note keeps a low profile in the background.
T: interesting - the lightly flowery flavour of hops and boiled-yum like taste are coupled with biscuitiness of pale malts (with the unique tinge of aromatic-flavour that I often relate to "dirty kitchen cloth"), ensued quite closely with a lingering aroma of floral hops and a strangely semi-zesty bitter edge as of English hops. The finish seems to arrive rather prematurely, leaving a low level of bitterness in the end and an unusually clean palate for a Bitter (quite like Young's Bitter, in a sense).
M&D: despite being non-bottle-conditioned, the texture is retained well like a natural ale without (excessive) input of artificial CO2, going well with the light body, and a rather clean mouthfeel (due to thorough fermentation I suppose). Alas, the flavour falls slightly mediocre and not like the cask-conditioned version I've tried on several occasions, where hops enjoy a better presentation. Still, not bad, but this bottle can't do justice to the true quality of this ale and certainly fails to make a point of how the accolade at the GBBF 08 was won.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of foamer
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

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Photo of rastaman
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Skinner's Betty Stogs Bitter from Skinner's Brewery
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