Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 2056   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 23, 2003
Body is nearly opaque (95% dark). Light brown head with a curious greyish tint that I've never seen before. The consistency of the head is also interesting, the bubbles are loosely attached, remniscent of a merengue. Smells of cider, tangy fruits and wine. Once in the mouth, flavors of coffee, grapes and roasted chocolate prevail. Feels thin on the tongue with just the right amount of sweetness. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with coffee and malt overtones and a small alcohol burn. Some lacing in the glass. This is a high quality beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2003
A deep black with a tan small head. A little skunky aroma that did not ruin the flavor. Also a chocolate nose. The flavor is roasted malt and chocolate that improves as it warms. A nice medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4979) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Very dark in colour, and i'm hesitant to say that its black, but I believe it is. Almost completely opaque, but some very dark shades of brown showing at the bottom. The head poured a nice light brown colour, but faded very quickly. The aroma is of metal, some chocolate and some coffee...actually not that pleasing. A full-bodied beer which starts out tasting like a ligher-bodied, full-flavoured beer, but then develops into a bitter, short ending beer. Not too complex in the taste, some roasted barley, malty characteristics...but nothing really noticable, other than that. I typically enjoy Sam Smith beers, but this one wasn't too great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Dark amber/brown appearance with a big tan head, which doesn't last long. Finished clean with some bitterness. Silky mouthfeel, very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Dark brown color with beige head on initial pour. Dissipates rapidly. Flavor is of roasty malts and a little coffee. Has a tangy finish with a tart apple-y taste. One of my favorite porters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Deep brown color with a small tan head. Smells of sweet chocolate and has a skunky aroma. Taste malted coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2655) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 15, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2003 Apperance is solid black. Aroma is excellent, quite similar to smelling your morning coffee. Flavor is bitter and tart. I was not expecting sourness to be present in a porter. Mostly coffee with some hints of chocolate. I'm not sure this met my high expectations and its a little bit of an odd take on a porter, but its good nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Pitch dark with a big creamy head. Nice aroma of roasted malts and even some tobacco. Tasted a nuttiness with the sweetness, maybe it was the barley. Smooth aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2003
One of my favorite porters, an almost opaque blackness with a solid tan head, excellent lacing, full-bodied. A semi-sweet chocolate and coffee aroma, major roasted malts! Very nice balance between sweetness and tartness on the palate, a hint of port-like qualities too, good mouthfeel, creamy. A mild and lingering bitterness. World-class porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2003
Sweet, dark porter from the best brewery in the world. I wish I could get more of their beers.

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