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.
vanvenlo (1679) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle(9-May-16)Plum herbal malt aroma.Black,low head&sheet lace.Plum roast sweet malt flavour.Choc caramel finish&plum herbal aftertaste.
klaing (251) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with good head. Smooth silky texture, roasted malts, mild chocolate with a coffee like tang. Some berry notes as well. Good but not as transcendent as their Oatmeal stout.
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gigaphone (7) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 17, 2016 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet fruity caramel smell, hopsy taste, medium carbonation, no head, bitter aftertaste, chestnut brown color, dry to semi-dry, some nice citrus twist that makes it a bit lighter.
I drank it colder than recommend.
You get a bit more dynamic taste than from the standard porter.
ozzatoadisback (50) - ITALY - JUN 6, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost black with a solid and creamy off-white head which shows good retention and some lacing. Delicate but persistent aroma of roasted malts, milk chocolate and red fruits. Taste has delicate roasted malts, a sweet milky feel, red fruits and a coffee note. Sweet and bitter notes are in awesome balance, both are vivid but none is standing out. Leaves a pleasant mix of coffee and fruitiness in the aftertaste. Light to medium body with light crispness. It’s very smooth but somehow still manages to feel pleasantly creamy and persistent on the mouth. A delicate, perfectly balanced beer. Top notch quality
Nonshaugen (370) - Fetsund, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle, Deep cherry / mahogany colour, medium tan head. Aroma is dark, sweet chocolate, espresso coffee and tar. Mouthfeel is rich, well carbonated and with a long, bitter aftertaste. Flavours of dark fruits, dates, dark chocolate and leather. Fantastic beer.
PowY (99) - - MAY 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt (coffee) and quiet yeasty. Watery body with lively carbonation. Taste starts lightly sweet and acidic with a smooth bitterness coming in. Roasted malt with chocolate and coffee aroma and some fruity acids (pear) and complex flavor. A little irritating yeasty smell and to much carbonation but otherwise very decent porter.
17Beer (184) - 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 (343) - 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 (1748) - 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 (4585) - 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.