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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2188   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2004
The pour is almost black, with a well formed light tan head. Smells like rich, dark maltiness. Ummm, tastes like roasted malt, with chocolate flavor, including a hint of coffee, finished with a light , smooth, bittersweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2004
Poured a very dark brown/black colour with medium sized beige coloured head, no lacing. Malty, roasted aroma. Taste is chocolate and roast malts. Mouthfeel is pretty good, slightly carbonated. A very drinkable, well balanced porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Mostly a roasted coffee-ish aroma. Like Sam’s other brews, velvety smooth. Flavor lacks a bit in the hop bite of other porters, but maybe I’m just too accustomed to some of the hoppier US versions. Roasted and sweet flavor, medium body.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2004
I’m rather surprised at the consistently good ratings this beer gets. To me it tastes like a watered down version of another brewery’s porter with little to distinguish itself from the rest of the lot. Dark color, but too transparent and the head doesn’t leave much lace on the glass. All the traditional roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and toasty flavors you find in a porter but scaled down a notch. I’m sitting here with a nice baltic porter and I can definitely say, Sam Smith’s doesn’t match up well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2004
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from a beer store in Dillon Colorado while on a business trip in Keystone. 500ml bottle. Tasted in a newly purchased Buzzards Bay Brewing shaker glass. Appearance is deep and dark, thin white sustained head. Aroma of rye bread, caramel, toffee and a hint of licorice. Sweet. Taste is very satisfying - Nutty, sweet, roasty, toasty with the mosty. Slight toffee sweetness comes through with a finish that has a hoppy bitterness that balances the sweet onslaught well.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Very dark brown, bordering on black. Like most Sam Smith’s this on is watered down a little, but it does have a very good flavor of figs of raisins,and a light hint of coffee. Darn good beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Dark Brown Coloring. This Has Some Oomph. Smacks you in the Aftertaste...Dry and Sweet. Some Coffee, Roast and perhaps some Bitter Chocolate. Raisins.. A Little Watery in Texture. Overall, A Very Distinctive Porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 13, 2004
Dark ruby classic porter with balanced roasty/malty/coffee palate. Long finish with bitter sparks.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2004
A very dark beer with a very strong smell. To me it sort of smelled like light wine. It had very full body with a medium and the taste was way better than it smelled. A must try if you like dark full bodied beers.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Poured a deep dark ruby with a small head. No oxidation present, which is always a plus with a Sam Smith. Roasty, perfect carbonation, and a great creamy texture. Love it.


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