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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2062   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Black body, voluminous brown head. Aroma is slightly nutty and chocolatey. Distinct coffee bite in the flavor, dry and bitter finish. Some chocolate notes as well. Thin bodied but good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Pours with a creamy tan head, moderate lacing. Liquid is dark brown and translucent ruby red under bright light. Looks just like the Samuel Smith's Stouts. Aroma is sweet with some fruit undertones, apple cidar comes to mind. The creamy texture is aparent at first taste, kind of watery body. Flavor is slightly bitter, some roasted hops are in there, but not overpowering, coffee and chocolate comes through. Malt sweet finish, with some strange metallicness, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, I love it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Nice thick creamy tan head that laced it's way down the glass to the very end. Clear and dark pour. Very good aroma, sweet. Nice creamy feel in the mouth with great finish

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stauffenberg (6) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2004 does not count
One of the best beers I've ever had. If you want a sweet porter, choose this one. Rich dark brown colour, a portent of things to come, whith an amazing mixture of flavours from chocolate to coffee to oak and on and on. Very easy to drink and not overpowering despite the complexity. Slightly bitter taste offset by the sweet undertones in the flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Dark brown with a large carmel colored head. A sweetness is present in the aroma along with mild coffee tones. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel that has a mild bitterness from start to finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Pours dark ruby/brown with a large tan head. Aroma is sweet malt and caramel, almost molassas. Flavor is sweet and malty. Caramel and coffee with almost a smokey quality. Finish is nicely bitter with dry aftertaste. Body is a little light. A very good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Amazing aroma, delicious flavour. Not nearly as bitter as most porters, and that's a good thing - I've probably been drinking them too cold... stupid fridge. This beer is simply superb.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 14, 2004
very pleasing, winelike aroma, pleasant flavor, slightly malty, but not overpowering like many porters i've had, finish starts sweet and ends bitter. Excellent beer overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1201) - Nevada, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Nice sweet aroma of malt and chocolate. Bright is a good adjective. Very nice tan head and a deep dark brown body. Nice full mouthfeel with small bubbles of carbonation. Finish is dry with excellent roasted notes and just slightly astringent. Not as much chocolate in the taste as the aroma. Just not as clean as I would like, but still the best porter to date.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Roasted chocolate and coffee nose with a hunt of alcohol and cherries. Surprisingly dry taste, almost sour. Seems overly carbonated on my tounge. There is a woody flavor I'm not used to in porters.


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