Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 2134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

KickInChalice's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Right away it is easy to tell this is yet another carefully crafted beer from Samuel Smith’s. With a firm but gentle pour, a beer fills the glass that is dark brown in color with a bit of a ruby tint, more so in the edges. A dense, thick mocha cap rests on top of the beer and leaves a nice amount of lace stick down the sides of the glass. The aroma blends smooth dark chocolate, roasted malt, and cocoa together, with a bit of earthy nuttiness as well. The blend of the flavors is definitely one of the strengths of this beer. Each sip starts with a fair amount of roasted malt and chocolate flavor that ranges from soft, semi-sweet cocoa to dark and slightly bitter. There is a bit of caramel and fig flavor in the middle that gives a gentle sweetness, and finally a blend of earthy hops and light coffee notes create a moderately bitter finish. The beer wraps up cleanly, although I wish the flavor was a bit more full and robust. One aspect that could be improved is the body. Although 5% for a porter may have been the standard in the past and Taddy Porter drinks slightly bigger than that, there are just too many amazing porters coming out with a much deeper and more textured flavor to have this one stand out anymore. The obvious brewing skill and small touches show why this beer (like most from Samuel Smith’s) is a classic. However, with the speed of innovation in the porter style and in craft beer in general, this beer may be relegated to more infrequent consumption. When I have this, though, it is very drinkable and disappears quickly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
androman (1140) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2015
55cl bottle at home from Bert’s Bierhuis Biltstraat, Utrecht. Body is dark brown, head is big, beige, rocky, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Nose is roasted malt, flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, dried fruits, mild coffee. Medium sweet, medium roasty bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bittersweet. Medium body, dry texture, average lasting. Easy dessert beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpkeskinen (410) - FINLAND - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle. Quite good. The taste is quite sweet with some caramel or maybe smoke. Soft and full-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RafeAU (558) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle in LA. Taster. All Samuel Smith beers have that distinct profile, perhaps from the water: Sourness, astringency, soy sauce. For me these all detract from an otherwise nice porter. Can’t enjoy this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
agent_persik (597) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 13, 2015
Black colour, big beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, hops, hint of smoke. Dry lightly sweet taste, bitter finish and aftertaste. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation. Good porter, quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (3355) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2015 550 ml bottle. About time I got to this ale. It’s pretty widely available so it’s been passed up on numerous occasions in favor of new or rarer brews. Pours with a large, durable head that manages to be both kind of sudsy as well as creamy. Near black, opaque body. The head limits the aromatics. After it settles a while, there’s an appealing mix of roasted grains with toffee, dates and dark dried fruits. The flavor carries a generous load of dark malts with faint smoke, no char, and some spicy hops Overall: rich and flavorful. An excellent English porter that’s up with Fuller’s London Porter as among the best of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingguy (968) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2015 Black with quick diminishing brown head. Aroma- light roasted malt. Taste- toasty malt, chocolate, coffee and light grassy bitterness. Soft and easy drinking. I can see why this is an iconic Porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badhack (449) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2015
Dark brown, soft carbonation, seems cloudy. Malty, roasted. Soft with a moderate bitter finish. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fdomig (614) - München, GERMANY - OCT 28, 2015
330ml bottle at home. Aroma is coffee, malt, light honey. Appearance is cloudy dark brown, almost black. Light brown-ish foam. Taste is light sweet, light bitter. Very well balanced, soft carbonation, light dryness. Adorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tognetta (494) - Campinas, BRAZIL - OCT 27, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2015 Negra petróleo, espuma bege cremosa de boa formação e persistência. Aroma trás um leve dulçor de uva passa, maltada, torrado. Paladar de dulçor caramelado tostado, espresso aguado, amargor de malte torrado. Corpo leve, foi a única coisa que ficou devendo, mas atende ao estilo, baixa carbonatação. Aftertaste de média duração, em geral bem equilibrada e dentro do esperado.

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