Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 2105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Poured very dark, plum, raisin, chocolate cake aroma, nice cocoay first taste, soft, coffeish backtaste, a little to energized as all S. Smith brews seem to beno heavy alcohol taste common in many porters, an outstanding brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 15, 2004
Another very dark one. Tan colored head. Coffee and dark roasted malt aroma. A bit astringent aftertaste. Overall, a very decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004
The head on this is a sight to behold. Actually took me a while to work past just looking at the thing. Sour/tart and mildly roasted, with caramel and other enjoyable qualities. Thin? maybe, but not so as to bother me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2004
Bottled. Almost black, with a brown head. The nose is rich in chocolate. Flavour brings roasted malt, chocolate and some fruit. Medium bitter. Full-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6145) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2004
Bottled. Drak brown with a creamy head. Salty aroma with notes of chocolate and coffee. Smoked and burnt flavour from charcoal and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2010 Bottled. An excellent beer. The aroma is a sour roastiness and more reminiscent of a stout. The beer is very dark - as near black as damn it. The taste is sheer roastiness, some smokiness and some chocolate. A pleasure to drink. If I were tasting this blind I would have said Imperial Stout and a higher ABV as the flavours are so good. Score 4.0
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Average becomes 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Wonderful appearance, dark, with large initial head. Sweet and smokey, with chocolate and fruit to boot. I couldn’t believe this is nearly as good as the Sammy Smiths Oatmeal Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7244) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 5, 2004
classy stuff. mudcake aroma. not a massive amount of flavour but it’s all good - splice ice cream, molasses, asphalt and chocolate crackles in the finish. mellow and tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2004
Quite dark but clear, reasonable head retention (head was rather brown-yellow). Aromas of licorice, roastiness, malt like a caramel milkshake, chocolate and currants. Great fresh malt flavour (esp. considering the journey), quite a strong charcoal roast flavour and light bitterness but it’s all balanced very well. Quite creamy body, moreso than their Oatmeal Stout in my book. Good - my favourite of this brewery’s range so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2004
A tart finsih with the best of smokey flavor you would expect from a porter. Maybe slightly overcarbonated but still a very good effort!

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