Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 2001   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (256) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
Tasty, drinkable porter. Dark brown, beige head that quickly fades. Light body with low carbonation. Dried fruit and malt loaf aroma. Taste also has brown bread, caramel and faint coffee. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madchemist83 (83) - USA - OCT 26, 2014
Pours dark brown with decent beige head. Aromas of bread, toffee, caramel and roasted malt. Taste is nice and clear with roasted notes dominating. Medium body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
justone7 (7) - - OCT 24, 2014 does not count
Pours quite dark, with about Haig ajn inch of tan head that lingers for over 5 minutes. Not much lacing add it dissipates. Nose is roasted malt with a hint of sweetness. Taste leads with raisin sweetness and finishes with traditional bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
thinner than i like, but that’s what the style calls for, and SS does it well. much better (no skunky beer) now that they’ve done away with the clear glass...not spectacular, but worth a shot. more like a brown

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UrbanCaveman (77) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Poured from a pint bottle into a Paulaner dimpled stein, at about 50 degrees F. A: The pour is a deep, dark, clear brown, with light evident through it. That light vanishes once it’s in the glass, however - holding it to daylight reveals only an opaque wall of 90%+ dark chocolate, with a faint ruddy tinge of light along the bottom. This beer forms a beautifully thick ecru head, which takes some time to die down to a ring around the glass. Virtually no lacing forms during drinking. S: The nose opens with rich earth and roasted grains, shot through with a light coffee note and a touch of raisin. The usual suspects of caramel and toffee are present as well, at the same level as the raisin. T: Several different notes of dark roasted malt, mostly bitter with torched caramel and toffee. The earthiness swells in towards the middle, reminding me of "chocolate cake"-grade garden soil. What raisin fruitiness is present is muted and faint, a very slight counterpoint to the earthen and malt bitter flavors. The finish lingers as roasted malt and soil. M: Light and verging towards watery, without quite degenerating all the way there. O: I’m a fan. This doesn’t strike me quite as complex and tasty as an Edmund Fitzgerald, but it is a solid porter, and enjoyable. I think that’s due to the heavy focus on the earthen flavors, which threaten to overpower the malt at times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1049) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Pours a clear dark brown with ruby glints in the light. A nice looking rich caramel colored head forms and retains well making for a good looking beer. It has a clean, unassuming medium roasted barley aroma. Thick for a porter; nice and creamy-smooth. Dates, roasted malt, and a smidgen of coffee. Hard to be Sammy’s quality and consistency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (3798) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 19, 2014
Dry cacao, brown bread, cracker. Eloquent malts, not sweet at all. Dry ending, woody. Not quite as rich as I wanted, especially in mouth feel. Simpler ending. Low abv thins this down too much for me. Well made though. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aumentm (100) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Wonderful beer. Well bodied and a very nice taste. Good mix of hops and malts as well. its famous for its history and taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4493) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Goes down smooth and tastes like the epitome of what a porter is supposed to taste like outside all the innovation. Pours black with good mocha head and lacing. Dark chocolate and light roast. Creamy texture. Light sour mash finish and a small dose of bitterness. Bottle from Chevy chase.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (970) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 330ml bottle served in a chalice. A: Beautiful bottle art, first of all. Pours a deep brown almost black color forming a medium creamy brown head. Some lacings are left S: Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Great T: Roasted in the nose too. Notes of coffee and roasted malts. Quite dry and bitter as it should be with a light sour end M: Light to medium body. Medium to low carbonation. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Could be a bit more creamy like the Imperial Stout version O: High drinkability. Delicious Porter. Highly recommended [ BA Review @ 4/30/2010 ]

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