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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1932   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2002
Another excellent English version of the Porter. Did not find a strong coffee or chocolate flavor. I thoght the term to use is balance. The finish is not bitter like too many American versions.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pah57 (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2002
My favourite of all the stouts & porters I tried last night.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2002
Great color and aroma and decent head. Subtle chocolate hints hide behind the coffee bitterness. Truly a pleasure to imbibe.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2006 Re-rate: whats the deal, all these Sam Smiths beers used to taste so good for me! This is stale and sweet, thats all i can really add, very dissapointing. Sweet caramel and not a whole lot else, mouthfeel is dead/stale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2002
Very dark, as it should be, but somewhat watery/thin---not what I expected but very good for winter drinking, in a tulip-shaped wine glass...?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2001
I am new to dark beers, however this is by far my favorite porter. Great roasted taste, nice feel on the palate. This beer is worth a try.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2001
A thoroughly satisfying porter. F. Paul Pacult has an excellent review of this in The Beer Essentials (a book you should all own). He picks up more flavors in the aroma than I do, but he has a much better nose than mine!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2142) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2001
Black color; decent head with good retention; raspberry in the nose? Not a huge fan of th estyle, butthis is good for the rainy days.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2001
Still a classic even after all these beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (4027) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2001
Purty stout. Great aroma-- a little peppery, some currant, strong fresh pear. Incredibly well-balanced, a lot drier than it smells. Roasty, but not coffee-burnt. Excellent with corned/roast beef, potatoes (or chips). Earlier reviews mentioned skunk, but I think they just got bad bottles. No skunk that I could find -- although some SS beers (Pale Ale) have a whisper.


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