Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 2208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Dense black color. Very smooth and creamy taste. As like other Sam Smiths offerings not bitter. A very smooth porter. Available at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25699) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2005
Bottled. Black colour, mediumsized brownish head. Aroma of smoked wood and a bit licorace. Flavour similar but also with hints of caramel. Great palate, overall a nice porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2005
Lets get three things straight at the outset. I am not a great fan of Sam Smiths brewery (the fact that theyve bought a number of London pubs and turned them into keg only outlets doesnt endear them to me), Im not a great fan of Sam Smiths beers and Im not a fan of pasteurised bottles. So I wasnt expecting a lot from this beer. In fact, it was quite pleasant. Inky black with a big frothy beige head. Slightly woody aroma with licorice in the background. Cooking chocolate, roasted notes and more licorice on the palate. There is an overall bitter-sweet feel. Not very full bodied. Nice enough but still over-rated in my view. Bottled at the Princess Louise, Holborn, London, February 2002.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Black in color with just the slightest hints of red at the outline; head is a dark tan color that sustains itself and is dense. Chocolate aroma with strong licorice, chocolate, dry malt, dark friut, even charcoal. Body is creamy, dextrinous and med/full. Finish is long with complex dry malt, fruit, and chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Very very dark brown almost black with a brown head that dissipated quickly. Real strong alcohol aroma coming off this. More of a coffee flavor, with slight chocolate but with a bitter aftertaste. I really didnt care for this ecspecially over the $3.99/6-pack porter I bought the same day tasted better. I wont buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loeffler (16) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2005
I loved this beer! I found it very creamy with lots of chocolate, a touch of vanilla or milk hiding under the surface, and a delightful espresso aftertaste. The great thing was that the espresso really didnt come out until after all of the initial flavors had gone away. So it was its own dessert coffee! It also had very little carbonation, making it smooth and unintrusive to the mouth. Smooth as silk, this was. Kind of earthy and warming. The head was average and disappeared quickly with a light brown color. The body was black as night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2005
Very dark, almost black beer with a dark head. Smell pleasant, not much but you can think of not trying to taste it. A marveless wonderfull taste so smooth and harmonish. There are something speciel of Samuel Smiths beer, there great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
A very early favorite of mine and a classic to this day. Love grabbing a few for a night by the fire. Goes well with brautworst.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2958) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2005
Tasted this from the 55cL bottle, my only sample, seemed to have held onto it for so long in the hope that someone in Perth may stock it again. Kicking myself for not buying at least a dozen when I could. Poured, cool but not cold, into a tall stem glass, a tight short tan head formed atop an opaque black body with only a hint of brown in the lights. The head was steadfast and sat around for the length producing lovely rings of lace down the glass. Initial waft of leather and marmite in the nose, subsided to reveal burnt grain, molasses, dark chocolate and some low cherry notes. Rich, creamy and smooth in the mouth, the aroma plays credit to the flavours as it glides across the tongue with incredible ease. Medium bodied and light in carbonation, it showed a lovely balance of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and toasted bready grain. Finish is long and chocolaty, yet dry and a little yeasty that leaves you wanting a little more. A truly outstanding Porter and definitely another credit to this extraordinary and quite secretive Tadcaster brewer. A wonderful drop!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 Near black with dense light brown head. Heavy roasted aromas, burnt chocolate, dark coffee. Smells rich and has a creamy mouthfeel, but carbonation is light, perhaps due to immense density. A whole lot going on here, the definition of what a porter should be.

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