Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 2186   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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Kevin (2217) - Montana, USA - MAR 20, 2005
bottle. pours a matte black with a light khaki head. aroma of a plastics factory. light notes of caramel and paint thinner...err alcohol. something ashtray like, not like a smoke beer but like a salem light put out in a heineken. taste is meaty, like a rack of spare ribs with a tomato and molasses based sauce. the hops are on the ass end, but they are very subdued. so much so i will not mention them again. fruity hints throughout this one. like a cheap rum or cheap tequila. but with a grape flavor that carries through. nice roast notes in the finish. wow, this is an attractive beer. i like the lacing, color, the something i can’t put a name to, it really appeals to me like a mondrian painting or something else similar. i love neoplasticism, and i like this beer. i could drink quite a few of these in an enjoyable session. might be a bit grapey overall but it is still a nice porter.

joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2005
Dark brown, almost black w/ tall, rocky brown foam. Roasty, chocolaty aroma w/ a slight vinous sourness & notes of coffee & plums. Full-bodied & chewy. Roasty, malty, christmas cake flavour of chocolate, dried fruit, & zesty, earthy hops. Finish is sweet & slightly sour.

Eructoblaster (4453) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
Pours a perfectly opaque black body topped with a thin but lasting frothy brown head. Exhales a robust coffeeish/roasty aroma with notes of brown sugar, hops and ginger. Taste is quite interesting since it is far from being as sweet and fruity as most of the porters I’ve been tasting. Here dominates roastiness and hoppiness that reminds me some East German dark lagers (which I love). Mouthful starts with lively carbonation and ends with a long bitter finish. Pretty nice stuff!

noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2005
What a treat! By far the most complex Porter I’ve tried. Gorgeous dark color with mahogany highlights. Nice head burnt flour colored. Aromas? Where do I start? Citrus, malt, berries, herbs, coffee and cream, chocolate. The flavor is well-balanced coffee, butterscotch, oatmeal, fig and grapefruit, medium roasted malt. Consistently flavorful from swig to swallow. Solid mouthfeel. It will take several more to get both hands around everything in this one. Buy it if you can!

Apellonious (53) - USA - FEB 27, 2005
Looked good in the clear bottle...dark, rbuyish color...Overbearing barley taste, almost tasted like it had gone bad (anyone who has brewed beer and had a batch "go bad"" knows what I am trying to explain). Maybe my taste buds were out of whack, but was expecting much more. This was one of the few beers that earned a "DNF"....did not finish.

DUBWICHT (7) - CANADA - FEB 25, 2005 does not count
Heavy, bitter and tasted like Sherry or Port. Maybe I am a beer luddite but did not like this one.

dwyerpg (6494) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2005
This beer is beautiful - dark color, tan head, good smell. This is definitely the best porter I’ve had to date. That is probably because this is the least sweet porter I’ve had - of course, that is what keeps it from being truly great.

asheft (3125) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
Dark black with a light brown head of not tiny bubbles that dissipates not too quickly. Some reddish brown can been seen if one places the beer in front of a strong light. Aroma strong in sherry and roasted malt--burnt like a stout. Tangy black patent malt flavour with a lot of wood smokiness and sweet malty finish. Not very fruity but some grape flavour that mingles with the smoke to gives a sherry or port-like note. Next to no bittering. I think I would like this beer a lot more if there was some bitterness to offset the sweet-and-sour finish. Medium body with a clean finish, but not crisp. Pleasantly oily.

Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Pours the nice deep color expected of a porter. Nice coffee bean nose. Taste is similar to the nose, with strong coffee and some roasted taste coming through. Quite smooth and well balanced. Very good

wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Poured a dark brown, almost opaque, with a nice tan head. The aroma was quite unexpected. It was like burnt coffee, you know the smell when you leave coffee on the burner a little to long. The taste was good, lots of chocolate and coffee notes with a mild fruitiness in there somewhere. Thick texture, not quite as thick as the oatmeal stout, but up there. I liked this brew, and while it is not the best porter I have had, I will most likely try it again down the line.

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