KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
17Beer (173) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big malt aromas with chocolate notes and some yeast smells.Pours a dark mahogany with a tight tan head, lots of lacing. Big round tastes of pumpernickel and malt, very light sweetness, complex and balanced. Has an astringent fizzy almost grapefruit finish. Excellent porter. Sam’s da man...
Excalibur123 (341) - Soria, SPAIN - MAY 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presenta marrón oscuro opaco con media cabeza de espuma beige y buena retención en copa, aromas a cacao, café moka, maltas oscuras, licor y canela; en boca entrada suave con tenue amargor, bien balanceada, cuerpo y carbónico medio-ligero, largo pos gusto maltoso y con notas terrosas, cerveza no muy compleja, pero esta rica y es fácil de beber.
Lunkie (1732) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smokey hop herbal medicinal aroma. Dark brown colour poor head and lacing. Malt herbal spice flavour. Fizzy palate.
mr_h (4506) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
550ml bottle at home, source unknown (bb 31 May 2014), earthy, chocolate aroma, opaque near black with a lasting tan head, treacle, chocolate flavour, a bit too fizzy.
L_Lovecraft (123) - - MAY 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee, hints of cocoa and grass, brown/black with a very creamy and persistant, tan head, medium body, law carbonation, coffee, quite warming in the final...nothing to say at the tradition of englsh beer.
MBlessing (694) - Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Schwarzes bier, recht ordentlicher schaum, Geruch nussig madeira kork, Geschmack erst recht weich madeira leicht holzig herb fein buttrig malzig leichte süße im Abgang
DrNosha (1381) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aus der Flasche. Rötlich schwarzes Bier, bräunlicher cremiger Schaum. Dunkle Schokolade, Leder, Kork, Rotwein. Im Geschmack Röstmalz, Madeira, Holz und Kork. Weicher Geschmack.
Melkart (431) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - APR 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"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.
redders1974 (746) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great example of a porter good aroma of cocoa taste Bournville chocolate dark berries ever so smooth on the pallet glides down wonderfully
Cunningham (6552) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite fine and tasty porter.
Dark brownish color with a fine beige head. Ok lancing down the sides off the glass. Fine intensity in the aroma. Medium + body and a fine carbonation. Chocolate, cold coffee, roasted and pleasant fruity.
[Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Fredrikstad, Norway]