Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 2213   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
r464 (2348) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Extremely smooth. Very dark, rapidly vanishing head. A roasted coffee flavor. Medium bodied without a hint of the alcohol within. A bit of sourness, like a deep red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5333) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Rather light for a porter. Drinks smoothly and has a little roasted coffee taste. Nothing extraordinary about this, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Poured an opaque dark brown with little head. Rich, roasted flavor yet light feeling for a porter. Nice hints of roasted malt and chocolate. Very tasty beer. Excellent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Super smooth, a roasty and sweet intermingling. Bit of a watery finish, but overall, very nice indeed. Finish is pleasantly unsour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (4121) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2003
I was stunned by this beer. I half expected it to be riddled with skunkiness due to so many reports of the clear glass problem. But it poured with impressive carbonation and a cream-colored head over a 90% opaque dark brown body. The aroma is rich and complex, showing cofee and chocolate, and the flavor is full and rich, with a graceful roasted quality. The body is as thin as you might expect from a porter but it keeps a decent life. Overall an excellent porter worth coming back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Bottled. Poured with no head and had a grassy / wheatgrass smell. The taste followed suit, with some coffee flavors. This is a very unusual porter due to its vegetal nose and taste. It isn't one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Dark, almost black. A little bit of a chocolate smell, taste is nutty and a little creamy. Not much carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2003
550 ml Bottle pours a red-black color with the red only showing with sun back light. The head is a tan color and rather nice and rocky leaving lace as it diminishes. The aroma is chocolate and coffee and toast. The flavor starts out malt sweet and progresses into roasted malt, and finishing with a minor hop showing - additionally, some fruitiness that I can't pinpoint; this produces a dark chocolate sensation that is quite pleasant. The palate is nice for the flavor, being somewhat rich and not very carbonated. Overall, I like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Beautiful rich coffee coloring. Nice toasty malt aroma with hints of chocolate. Taste is smokey with rich malts reminiscent of dark chocolate. Nice dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Pours deep dark brown with a tawny head. Rich malt aroma with chocolate and toffee. Possesses a silky smooth texture with the flavor of chocolate, a little smokey, a subtle touch of fruit. Dry chocolate malt finish. There are some strong similarities to the oatmeal stout.

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