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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in 550ml clear glass bottles.
"Very dark, fairly full in body and packed with flavor. Intense, dry tangy character of roasted barley."
Ingredients: Malt, cane sugar, roasted barley, hops, carbon dioxide.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2005
Small fast dissapearing beige head with a rich dark body,chocolatey coffee sweet nose and wonderfu bitter-sweet chocolate tase.I really like Porters and this doesnt let us Brits down!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Medium brown head with a dark as night body. Big time caramel, vanilla, bitter chocolate, and coffeee aroma. Also I coulda swore I noticed a cookie like aroma. Very smooth drinking, with some cool acidity. Very full flavor. Nice blasts of coffee and chocolate, with a little bit of dried figs at the end. This beer reminds me why I love porters so much. A classic

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Pours an amazingly deep, dark black. Wow. Taste isnít nearly as dark as I thought it would be judging by color. Very sweet, but the sugary taste is restrained by charred and burnt flavors throughout. Caramelized sugars, maple syrup, milk chocolate, coffee, burnt grains, and some light fruits; melon and peach. Body is full, a bit sticky and definately thick.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shotgunanimal (3) - USA - JUN 1, 2005 does not count
550ml bottle. excellent color, coffee aroma, creamy. one of my favorite beers ever. fairly drinkable. the 4-pack of these is an evening in heaven. admittedly i love myself a porter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Pours a jet black color with a small amount of tan head. Aroma is nutty, caramel, and sweet, creamy coffee. Flavor doesnít quite live up to the aroma, as it shares many of the same traits, but on a much less intense, more watered down version. Overall, it was not as heavy tasting on the palate as I had anticipated. Unlike other porters, I could have easily downed a few of these. Not as good as some other sam smiths, but still pretty decent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Out of a bottle, pours almost black nice head. Nose on the sweet and roasty side. Has a nice bite to it. Finish is short and clean.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fordest (2421) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2005
550 ml bottle. At least it looked good. Beautiful dark dark dark brown with a nice tan head that left lacing down the entire glass. but that is where the praise ends. Aromas of caramel and skunkiness. Flavors of the same, but throw in some metal. Maybe it was the clear bottle. Maybe I got a bad one, but not a favorite of mine at all.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
This beer doesnít just pour black, itís a beautiful ebony. There is zero light getting through this one. Itís like a black hole. Nice inch high tan head. Smells sweet and nutty. Taste is complex. Dry up front and sweet going down. Hints of smoked almonds and maple syrup. Very thick and full-bodied. Great looking beer and tastes nearly as good. The darkest, thickest porter I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 21, 2005
Thick light brown head on a very dark brown body. Extremely tasty, on the stong and dark side, meaning it should be enjoyed with a good meal. Aroma reminds of coffee and a bit of chocolate. It is frankly roasted in the taste, a very good Porter I must say. I felt really good and satisfied after this one!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2005
Very black when poured into the glass. A nice tan head that sticks to the side of the glass all the way down. The aroma is coffee smoky and roasted. The flavor is coffee, some cocoa.. Creamy almost buttery smooth at the end. It feels good on the palate. A little bitter at the end but not too much. Just thick enough to stick with you. All in all a very good porter. A close second to Fullers for me.


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