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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1999   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Dark black color with minimal head. Sweetish aroma with some grassy, organic-smelling background and alcohol deep in the background. Flavor is sweet, mildly bitter with a dark roast coffee-ness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Nice dark black color,small tan head mild lacing.nice roasted malt aroma with a mild hop ,possibly coffee or dark chocolate.The taste is roasted malt with a nice dark chocolate taste and an after taste that is roasty and chocolatey as well,the hops are just mildly there making there presence known at the tail end of the taste and even more mildly in the after taste.The texture is a bit thin,kind of on the watery side,but still it wasn't a bad brew but quite refreshing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2003
12 oz bottle, pint glass. Pours a deep black with a garnet hue around the edges. Comes with a gigantic, brown, rocky, creamy head which is slow to diminish. I can detect some chocolate and coffee malts. Flowery hops and doughy yeast aromas come along for the ride. There seem to be some dark fruit aromas, but not as much as in other porters. Mod. sweet start flows into a smooth bittersweet finish. Very rich, almost truffel like, cocoa finish. Flavor lingers longer than average and there's only a hint of acidity. Medium full body has a creamy texture and very soft carbonation. I can imagine this going very well with lamb or a peppery steak.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2003
Wonderful large rocky light brown head that left a good lacing, great colour and taste to boot! Coffee and rich chocolate and nice bitterness.Cheers!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Deep and dark with a tan head. Aroma was sweet and malty. Sweet chocolate/coffee flavor with a dry and bitter finish. A tad thin, but all in all an excellent porter.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2003
From clear bottle, beer pours (in Chimay glass) a rich, dark black liquid with little copper-caramel head. Aroma is of a sweet raisin, plum, chocolate, and molasses. This beer invites one to drink. A strong, sharp acidic pear flavor gives way to a slight coffee-bitter finish. Very nice. Great beer. This beer resembles a coffee-flavored Chimay blue at 5% ABV. Easy to drink. Sampled at 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2003
A very dark porter. Aromas of chocolate, fruitcake, and nuts. Strong fruit flavors (e.g. plums, raisins). Somewhat bitter aftertaste, less rich and smooth than more elite porters.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2003
Yea, I finally got DSL at home, so I don't have to drive to my buddies place to rate beers. Life is good...as is this beer. Unfortunatly, the beer isn't as good as DSL.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Pretty good. Pours a dark black color, no light shines through. flavor has coffee on the start, rum in the middle, and dough on the end. has a bit of tart something going on in there, but it's hard to place. I really taste a rum flavor in this. head diminished very quickly. I have no idea as to the quality of this bottle, but i did buy the one furthest back on the shelf, and it had dust on it. I liked it, either way.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2003
Light brown head and black body. A little sweet/fruity, chocolate, roasted, dry. Nice.


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