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.
mjs (5375) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l - BBE May 16, from Alko, 20150904) The beer poured clear and almost black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had chocolate, coffee and something metallic. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were chocolate, burnt malts, mild sourness, earth and bitterness. Aftertaste was toasted and bitter. The taste was a disappointment but the aroma was pleasant.
migwell (123) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
’Ingredients: Malt, cane sugar, roasted barley, hops, carbon dioxide.’ That gives me pause. A 5% ABV but with sugar added? Carbon Dioxide added as well? Sammy Smith seems to pride itself on its various organics and its Real Ale designation in many pubs... well, whatever. It does work well and the end result is a fine, easy drinking porter. Big bottle poured into a tulip. Dark brown with a lot of rapidly dissipating brown head. Light bodied, very smooth drinking, get the coffee, get the chocolate, not experiencing any bitterness, dry finish. I’m not too big on porters, but when I next get the urge, this one fills the bill quite nicely
Nevalainen (273) - FINLAND - AUG 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost black color with brown head. Aroma is roasted, coffee. Taste is dry, flauvour of coffee and sugar. Taste is lightly sweet with dry and bitter finish. Pretty good porter.
AStoutFan (20) - Geneva, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle opens with smoke. Tan head is weak and thin. Mildly fruity aroma. Starts smooth. Finishes with just enough dry. This is the smoothest and least bitter porter I have tried, which to me is good but I see where people find Sam Smith’s a little on the weak side. Being a porter, I didn’t think I would want the whole 550 mL bottle, but did not regret opening it even though I wasn’t in a serious beer drinking mood. Some might interpret the dryness as bitterness, I did not. Weak head brings down appearance and palate.
moderrnlifeiswar (21) - Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2015
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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mateuszk (1045) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 6, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, nice brown head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, low roastiness. In taste chocolate and licorice. Slightly watery. Dry finish with low bitterness.
adamnase (184) - Kronoby, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Alko, Kokkola
Pours black colored with a thick light brown medium-sized head.
Aroma is chocolate, malt, licorice and . Flavor has roasted malt, licorice, chocolate notes and hints of brown sugar. Really nice!!!
katrinaez (629) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A heavy feel beer but worth it. Slightly bitter but still smooth going down. For only 5% it had a lot more going for it than expected. Bottle.
hoplover66 (65) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oscura con una buena capa de espuma compacta. Aroma torrefacto a café. Sabor tostado, café, chocolate, licor. Cuerpo medio, carbonatación baja. Final no muy amargo. Muy bebible. Hay que dejar que tome temperatura para apreciarla bien.
MonsterMagnet (637) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 Bottle, pours black with a beige head. Liquorice, chocolate, brown sugar, blackberries, hints of vegetables (not at all disturbing). Light sweet, moderate light bitter, slightly sour, thin creamy texture, average carbonation.