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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 1978   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2009 pours black like black gold texas tea with a thick tight brown head. you can smell the robustness of the roasted barley and taste the malts along with hints of java and chocolate afull body of flavors but lacking on alcohol content along with being a little sweet very very smooth porter i like


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (5876) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
thinner than i like, but thatís what the style calls for, and SS does it well. much better (no skunky beer) now that theyíve done away with the clear glass...not spectacular, but worth a shot. more like a brown

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UrbanCaveman (16) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Poured from a pint bottle into a Paulaner dimpled stein, at about 50 degrees F. A: The pour is a deep, dark, clear brown, with light evident through it. That light vanishes once itís in the glass, however - holding it to daylight reveals only an opaque wall of 90%+ dark chocolate, with a faint ruddy tinge of light along the bottom. This beer forms a beautifully thick ecru head, which takes some time to die down to a ring around the glass. Virtually no lacing forms during drinking. S: The nose opens with rich earth and roasted grains, shot through with a light coffee note and a touch of raisin. The usual suspects of caramel and toffee are present as well, at the same level as the raisin. T: Several different notes of dark roasted malt, mostly bitter with torched caramel and toffee. The earthiness swells in towards the middle, reminding me of "chocolate cake"-grade garden soil. What raisin fruitiness is present is muted and faint, a very slight counterpoint to the earthen and malt bitter flavors. The finish lingers as roasted malt and soil. M: Light and verging towards watery, without quite degenerating all the way there. O: Iím a fan. This doesnít strike me quite as complex and tasty as an Edmund Fitzgerald, but it is a solid porter, and enjoyable. I think thatís due to the heavy focus on the earthen flavors, which threaten to overpower the malt at times.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (990) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Pours a clear dark brown with ruby glints in the light. A nice looking rich caramel colored head forms and retains well making for a good looking beer. It has a clean, unassuming medium roasted barley aroma. Thick for a porter; nice and creamy-smooth. Dates, roasted malt, and a smidgen of coffee. Hard to be Sammyís quality and consistency.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (3695) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 19, 2014
Dry cacao, brown bread, cracker. Eloquent malts, not sweet at all. Dry ending, woody. Not quite as rich as I wanted, especially in mouth feel. Simpler ending. Low abv thins this down too much for me. Well made though. (33cl bottle from Saveur BiŤre)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aumentm (44) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Wonderful beer. Well bodied and a very nice taste. Good mix of hops and malts as well. its famous for its history and taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4153) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Goes down smooth and tastes like the epitome of what a porter is supposed to taste like outside all the innovation. Pours black with good mocha head and lacing. Dark chocolate and light roast. Creamy texture. Light sour mash finish and a small dose of bitterness. Bottle from Chevy chase.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a chalice. A: Beautiful bottle art, first of all. Pours a deep brown almost black color forming a medium creamy brown head. Some lacings are left S: Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Great T: Roasted in the nose too. Notes of coffee and roasted malts. Quite dry and bitter as it should be with a light sour end M: Light to medium body. Medium to low carbonation. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Could be a bit more creamy like the Imperial Stout version O: High drinkability. Delicious Porter. Highly recommended [ BA Review @ 4/30/2010 ]

2.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie Says nutty and malty but not much there. Julie gives a. 3 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3466) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2014
pours black with a half inch of khaki foam. leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. has some solid molasses on the nose. has a lot of malty sweetness on the tongue. finishes clean. solid example of style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cenzura (60) - Warsaw, POLAND - OCT 5, 2014
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, dark bread and little bit of roasted malts. Taste: Dark bread, coffee, dark chocolate, classic english porter. Long finish with dark bread and plum flavour. Dark brown colour, brown head, nice lacing and average carbonation. Medium body and really creamy. Price [Warsaw, Poland] 17PLN


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