Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 2087   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2003 Thick off white head, which doesn't last too long or leave much lacing. Deep red color, almost black. Smells of coffee, sugars, and cotton candy. It has a very thin feel, but goes down very smooth and leaves a coffee bitterness. I also taste hints of toffee and chocolates. The flavors don't seem to last too long after the swallow, but maybe my senses are dulled from the cold.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2062) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2003
bought this in the old style1pt.2.7 oz bottle( clear glass) gold foil round neck. This is a marvelous beer to behold deep dark dark brown almost black with a large smooth off white head which is still clinging on minutes later..great Scent is very malty ..with a slight coffee smell also. Taste is surprisingly "thin" but a good bitterness on the back of the tongue..again dark roast black coffee is in there somehow ! Feels just grand in the mouth quite smooth surprisingly/ Altogether one of the most drinkable Porters i have had the pleasure to meet!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (11040) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2003
Strong aroma of roasted malt, raisin and coffee. Roasted malt flavor. Firm toasty bitterness with pear and pineapple. Loads of aroma and flavor. Good lacing, full bodied. Long coffee finish. Fine example of a porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2003
quite dark with biege, fast dissipating head. coffee is the dominant flavour, and this beer is really quite thin. plenty of sweet flavours, a bit of caramel and chocolate etc. roasty and sweet aftertaste. a must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
r464 (2031) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Extremely smooth. Very dark, rapidly vanishing head. A roasted coffee flavor. Medium bodied without a hint of the alcohol within. A bit of sourness, like a deep red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5167) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Rather light for a porter. Drinks smoothly and has a little roasted coffee taste. Nothing extraordinary about this, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Poured an opaque dark brown with little head. Rich, roasted flavor yet light feeling for a porter. Nice hints of roasted malt and chocolate. Very tasty beer. Excellent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Super smooth, a roasty and sweet intermingling. Bit of a watery finish, but overall, very nice indeed. Finish is pleasantly unsour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3801) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2003
I was stunned by this beer. I half expected it to be riddled with skunkiness due to so many reports of the clear glass problem. But it poured with impressive carbonation and a cream-colored head over a 90% opaque dark brown body. The aroma is rich and complex, showing cofee and chocolate, and the flavor is full and rich, with a graceful roasted quality. The body is as thin as you might expect from a porter but it keeps a decent life. Overall an excellent porter worth coming back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Bottled. Poured with no head and had a grassy / wheatgrass smell. The taste followed suit, with some coffee flavors. This is a very unusual porter due to its vegetal nose and taste. It isn't one of my favorites.

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