Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 2220   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Pours a dark, dark brown with virtually no head. Smells a bit sour with notes of chocolate and hazelnut. Tastes tart with cocoa notes and some smoke, has a medium body and finishes with low bitterness. Virtually no hop character. What is it with the "tangy" thing that most of the SS ales have? Distinct, but not my favorite porter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Bottle. Purchased at Pittsburgh Bottleshop cafe. Poured a nice dark ruby color with a soft puffy head. Cannot see through this one. Head leaves quite quickly with no lacing. Nose is like cough syrup... not much excitement for this one. Taste is of slight coffee - almost like a cheap red wine - not much to cheer in this one. Thin and big bubbled carbonation with no real signs of life. I dont understand how this beer is rated so high. I havent found many of these Samuel Smith beers that are worth a damn. Not great at all. Im not even going to call it good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Dark brown pour with tan head looks good. Aroma of roasted malt and hops also nice. Rich flavor with coffee and the roasted barley coming through. Dry and a little tart with some hop bite. An excellent, easy to drink porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Dark brown, not opaque, looks quite a bit like a cola. Nose lightly roasty, bit of coffee, some chocolate. Similar flavor, some vinous richness, nice light coffee finish. Body is lighter than the typical brewpub porter, not thin, just easy to drink. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Pours a dark brown/black with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee and a hint of winelike qualities. Flavor is mostly dark roasted malts, almost a burnt flavor actually. Also notes of hop bitterness, coffee and dark chocolate. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2004
This poured very dark brown with a fizzy light brown head that dissipated very slowly. The aroma is smokey with scents of roasted coffee and caramel. Medium body. The taste reflects the aroma with just a touch of hop bitterness added. Very dry, tart finish. Good drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Bottle. Dark body, with an inch head that slowly dissipates. Modest lacing. Subtle and mild flavor, good roasted barley presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2004
More and more Im really liking porters and have been trying to get as many as possible. Not the best porter Ive had but pretty close

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Bottle: Do not drink this beer when its cold, you will really miss out on lots of flavor and aroma. Pours dark brown/black in color with a small, light brown head. The head quickly diminishes to a tiny ring around the outside of the glass that will stick with you till the end. Aroma: Lots of dark roasted barley, burnt chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, wine, dark fruit, caramel, and just a touch of hops. The flavor has a lot to live up to, and it struggles to do it. There is a nice smokey/mocha/roasted malt taste here, a tiny amount of coffee that fits in just right, a hint of hops give it some spice and tartness, and the carbonation is just about right. However, it really just seems a bit watery and lacking something that I cant put my finger on. This beer has a lot going for it, and is definitely worth your time even though I doubt it will make your top 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopnpop (73) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Really improves as it warms up and becomes incredibly complex. Just enough coffee and chocolate overtones to satisfy. Perhaps a little sweet and medicinal, but otherwise near perfect.

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