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.
katrinaez (582) - 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 (57) - 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 (582) - 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.
BitchPls (651) - FINLAND - JUL 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cola black beer and a dark beige head. Vanilla and liquorice on the nose. Roasted flavor with a hint of sweetness, carbonation on a little crispier side, medium bodied. Quite nice texture and flavor. A little creamy. Overall a nice porter.
niquillis (1789) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Congress, Longton. Pours black brown with a stiff tan head. Creamy start, bitter finish. Very smooth. Cracker.
Tayeth (490) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Schwarzes Bier mit brauner Krone. Geruch nach Nussschokolade und Kaffee und Sirup. Nachgeschmack stark nach Asche, ansonsten süßlich und malzig.
gueuze (616) - - JUL 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Farbe dunkelbraun bis schwarz. Geruch nach Backobst, leicht röstig. Recht trocken, leicht säuerlich. Leicht bitter, aber auch wässrig. Irgendwie fehlt Körper.
JanosX (41) - - JUL 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of coffee with a head that looks like espresso crema. Flavours of coffee, dark chocolate and malt vinegar. The beer is thin in texture and surprisingly light.
It looks like espresso but doesn't have the flavour to back up its looks.
colui72 (250) - HONG KONG - JUL 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A classic porter, or maybe THE classic porter. Black with white head, aroma or caramel, which dominates the taste as well, hints of chocolate and coffee, a little of sour finish. Thin body. Overall a good porter.
MarauderSky (16) - - JUL 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a huge porter fan. If you are, this is awesome. As far as Samuel Smith goes, I prefer the Nut Brown.