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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (2076) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2003
I really love those bottles, quite big (550 ml) and provided with all that info on the back (the belgians can learn from that). Anyway, the beer itself. Very dark brown, medium lasting brown head. Malts and liquorice in aroma, a bit lactic perhaps (like the oatmeal stout). Malty and roasted flavour, bitter finish. I'm not really familiar with the style, but imo this one is quite stout-like for a porter (in contrast to the Fullers London Porter). Good, but not great.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2003
Bottled. Black body with a brown bubbly head. Liquorice and toasted oak aroma. Bitter start to it then the roasted and burnt derivates flavours come rushing through in reasonable harmony. Medium length with astringency noticeable on the sides of the mouth. Good enough for me.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Choos (673) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2003
Aroma was a little nutty and a hint of liquorice. Appearance was well black yeah looked good with a good head and some lacing. Dry with hints of coffee & chocolate. Found the flavour profile was fantastically balanced but seemed to diminish by half way through.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Wonderful black color with a brilliant thick head. The aroma speaks of sweet maltiness, very similar to the oatmeal stout. Flavor profile is also quite similar, though it's a bit more dry. One of the few porters I really rave about

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
pours with medium-sized tan head. Opaque black with ample carbonization. Fruity esters from that yummy Yorkshire-stone yeast in the aroma, with malty and chocolate notes. Roasted flavors, too, with a bit of astringency in the aftertaste. Not as full or creamy in mouthfeel as I would like.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5828) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2003
Dark color, large frothy head. Aroma is roasted malts, bit coffee and licorice. Bitter taste of roasted barley, little coffee and cherry. Quite creamy texture, with a sharp roasted hint. Bitter smooth palate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Ahhh, all the pleasing characteristics of Samuel Smiths, in a porter. Alas, I wished it was a bit more coffee/chocolate tasting. Ah, well, I'll make do. A little coffee, cherry, and roastedness to it. Very smooth palate. Enjoyed it very much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Sweet malty, and chocolate aroma. Opaque dark brown, small head. Roasty and chocolate flavors, very dry, a little bit thin. This one is overrated in my opinion.

3.6
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2092) - 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!


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