Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 2001   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.

Msavage235's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Msavage235 (90) - - OCT 5, 2012
One of the most complex porters I’ve had. Black body with a watery mocha head. The nose is sweet with some coffee and raisin. The body is deep and rich but without the usual roasty flavor. Tastes like vanilla, chocolate, raisins, prunes, coffee and molasses. A very enjoyable beer, people who dont like most dark beers might like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
closey22 (983) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Dark brown thick foamy tan head; aroma is malty with hint of chocolate; Flava is rich roasty malt with notes of chocolate; feels light to medium moderate fizz; finishes mild and slightly roasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1727) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Pour from a 355ml bottle. Dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Thinnish head, but its there as well as some lacing. Clean malt and a touch of toffee and caramel in the nose. Quite drinkable, some roasted malt, burnt toffee and a nice dry finish. Highly enjoyable, would like to try it fresh and unpasteurized.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchad56 (15) - - DEC 21, 2014
Very dark and dense appearance, initial high carbonation leading to large tan head - settles to small head. Very smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baramba (215) - ITALY - DEC 16, 2014
35.5 cL bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, liqourice notes. Flavour is sweet due to chocolate taste. Roasted malt bitterness at the end

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonathonsti (29) - - DEC 10, 2014
550ml bottle. Pours a red-tinged, brown colour with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, liquorish. head is creamy, taste of same as aromas but nicely balanced. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruigo (1270) - PORTUGAL - DEC 9, 2014
55cl bottle. Dark brown colour with a nice tan head. Liquorice, dried fruits and alcohol in the aroma. Average to soft carbonation and medium body. Taste is bitter with a lot of sweet notes and a long dry bitter finish. Some astringency. Overall, a very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Werckmeister (101) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 7, 2014
dark brown, almost black color, filtered. coffee colored head, desolves rather quickly. smelly of roasted malt, coffee, maple, a bit smokey. medium body, tastes of chocolate and a subtly smokey taste. subtle coffee bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
magpieken (71) - - DEC 4, 2014
550ml bottle. Pours a deep ruby brown colour with a creamy tan head which lasted well and left lace plimsoll lines on drinking. Roasted malt aroma with hints of dark chocolate. Initial mild sweetness develops into a moderate roasted character and then into a lingering medium bitterness. Medium body and creamy texture. Very easy drinking. One for those that appreciate dark chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
merbeer (8) - - DEC 1, 2014 does not count
Rich and tasty that needs to get some air before enjoying. A good meal in one bootle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (101) - Bonn, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2014
0,355 l bottle from Kaufhof. Pitch-black with a thick, foamy, stable, tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee with vinous notes in the end. Not very intense though. Taste of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and licorice. Nice. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel, short, light bitter finish. Overall a good beer which lacks a bit of intensity. Considering it has just 5 % ABV, it is relatively complex.

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