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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1978   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5593) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Rerate Still a very good porter, just not quite worthy of a 4.4. Mouthfeel not quite as thick and the had not quote as frothy. The oiliness is a bit overodne as well. Original 4.4 Excellent Porter. Good clean - chocolate/coffee aroma with a deep dark pour. Flavor starts off sweeet (chocolate/coffee) but leads into something else as it warms - kind of oily - but in a pleasant way. Little head, with a small bit of lace. Took a while to get to this one but worth the wait. Finishes strong - no dirt aftertaste. Almost rivals Fullers for best Porter - but not quite!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Currently my favorite beer. My first thought was of bacon. The intense and complex flavor does have coffee, but still tastes slightly like bacon to me. For some reason that is a good thing. The beer leaves the palate as happy as can be and ready for another. I highly recommend. Re-Rate: People change, seasons change, somtimes catapillars turn into butterflies, and other times either a beer changes or a person’s tastes changes. This is a very good beer, but not as near perfect as I once thought.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - NOV 24, 2002
Chocolately nose with a hint of sour milk. Dark black color and big foamy tan head. Atringentness in the flavor profile. also toasted malt and a little butter. Bitter espresso finish. Med-full body, cream mouth and a decent balance of complex flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Sweet malt, roasted coffee flavor. Wonderful black body with a nice medium hazelnut brown frothy head. Flavor like chocolate with 50 % cocao beans. Roasted malt. Numbs your tongue but has a watery finish. Nice though

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 pours almost black with huge tan head, nice roasted coffee taste

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkCaleb (69) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Dark brown body, good head retension, thick mouthfeel with plenty of roasted flavor. A good porter, although not a favorite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2002
good beer with a light tan head that is small. dark almost opaque in color with a malty start and coffee aftertaste. it has a medium body all in all a good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2002
Quite smokey in smell but didn’t come out as much in the taste. Great dark color. Commercial description pretty dead on.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Re-rate 04/12/02: An ultra deep purplish garnet to almost brown color on the pour, with a stupendous in size head that is the consistency of marshmallows, the lace in hulking thick sheets that cling to the glass like glue. Nose is malt, sweet, hints of caramel and yeast, and quite a pleasant quaff. Front sweet, the top skimpy, the finish has a boisterous hop presence, the carbonation demonstrative, with a droughty somewhat bitter aftertaste, that lingers on. Among my porters, a favorite of the favorites, and I should say I keep a plethora of Samuel Smith Beers on hand, can’t be a bad day if you’ve had a “Sammy Smith’s”. Ranks #135 on my current 1000 beer master list.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 The aroma was that of a typical porter...very roasty, coffee and nut smells. The taste was not surprising or exceptional, but just that that you would expect from a good dark porter. The fact that it was only 5% ABV was dissappointing and was apparent as we downed one after another. It leaves a happy palate however and is a smooth drink. RE-RATE.... this pours a brownish fairly black color with a big tanned head and huge lacing. The aroma is nutty with big malts, nuts, cocoa, coffee, molasses, vanilla, and dry twigs. The flavor is prickly with active carbonation and is all over the place with cocoa, tangy dry leaves...acetic but absolutely delicious. Chocolate and hints of vanilla...drying but not cloying. A hint of cardboard in the finish as it warms, but the aceticness takes care of the rest. Thank god for re-rates... i must’ve been stoned when i rated this 3 years ago.


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