vinivini (2582) - Gomel, BELARUS - AUG 20, 2017 KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Right away it is easy to tell this is yet another carefully crafted beer from Samuel Smith’s. With a firm but gentle pour, a beer fills the glass that is dark brown in color with a bit of a ruby tint, more so in the edges. A dense, thick mocha cap rests on top of the beer and leaves a nice amount of lace stick down the sides of the glass.
The aroma blends smooth dark chocolate, roasted malt, and cocoa together, with a bit of earthy nuttiness as well.
The blend of the flavors is definitely one of the strengths of this beer. Each sip starts with a fair amount of roasted malt and chocolate flavor that ranges from soft, semi-sweet cocoa to dark and slightly bitter. There is a bit of caramel and fig flavor in the middle that gives a gentle sweetness, and finally a blend of earthy hops and light coffee notes create a moderately bitter finish. The beer wraps up cleanly, although I wish the flavor was a bit more full and robust.
One aspect that could be improved is the body. Although 5% for a porter may have been the standard in the past and Taddy Porter drinks slightly bigger than that, there are just too many amazing porters coming out with a much deeper and more textured flavor to have this one stand out anymore.
The obvious brewing skill and small touches show why this beer (like most from Samuel Smith’s) is a classic. However, with the speed of innovation in the porter style and in craft beer in general, this beer may be relegated to more infrequent consumption. When I have this, though, it is very drinkable and disappears quickly.
Bottle. Deep brown. Almost clear. Moderate off-white head. Aroma: toasted & roasted malts, dried fruit, chocolate. Light to medium body. Medium dry rich malty taste. Roast & chocolate. Light ending bitterness. Good. Lonick (2194) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 18, 2017
Bottle @home. Pours, black tan head. Nose is malty, chocolate, slight coffee, molasses. Taste is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, fruity. ironcontra (335) - POLAND - AUG 2, 2017
Light bod, some grapes, winey things there, a bit of fruit and apples I feel among the licorice, fairly carbonated scanovajr (706) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JUL 30, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2017 Very solid porter. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted with caramel notes. Dry and malty. mmmeinike (223) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2017
Dark brown almost black with a tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, nutty and som coffee aroma. Taste of chocolate, malt, nutty and licorice.
mrjez (636) - Osaka, JAPAN - JUL 21, 2017
355ml bottle from BeerMa. Pours a deep cola brown, big tan head that stays around. Chocolate and roasty aroma, a little nut or oat. Great full taste as it warms, roasted barley and chocolate. Simple yet very pleasing. Good smooth feel, medium bitterness with a dry finish. Not huge in flavour range but you can’t fault the execution in the slightest. LazyPyro (1293) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2017
550ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma: light roasted malt, liquorice, raisin, chocolate. Taste: light roasted malt, liquorice, caramel, hint of chocolate and a slight sugary sweetness, finish is bitter. Medium body, soft carbonation. Nice smooth easy drinking porter. Scipio (1116) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2017
Pours a very deep brown with a medium, foamy, tan head that settles pretty quickly. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, lesser raisin, and hints of nuts. The taste is dry, mildly bitter, and kind of underwhelming actually. The chocolate along with a fairly heavy caramel are the most pronounced flavors, while undertones are barley, licorice, and hints of coffee. Weak chocolate aftertaste. Light in body, smooth in texture, and a bit softer in carbonation. This isn’t bad at all, but I get the feeling that this one is lacking something. GoddamnNoise (163) - Pontevedra, SPAIN - JUL 7, 2017
355 ml. bottle @ Home.
Aroma: not very intense but pleasant aromas of prunes, raisins, porto wine, sherry. Hints of caramel, malts, toasted and roasted malts, yeast.
Appearance: brown to dark brown color. It’s hard to see, but it seems quite clear. High head thickness. Light brown foam made of mid sized bubbles and very creamy. High retention. Low to medium Brussels’ lacing.
Taste: low to medium sweetness, low to medium bitterness, no sourness. Very pleasant and not very intense flavors with hints of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, caramel, raisins, prunes, spices, dark fruits. Very well balanced. It seems it needs more flavor intensity.
Palate: medium body, silky texture, low carbonation, quite long finish slightly sweet finish with a lot of not very intense flavors: dark chocolate, dark coffee, caramel, toasted malts, malts, roasted malts, prunes, raisins.
Overall: pleasant and subtle aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, dark coffee, roasted and toasted malts, prunes, raisins, caramel. Very well balanced. There is no astringency at all despite of the roasted malts. Good Porter. Well brewed. Very high drinkability, one of the most drinkable Porters i’ve tested so far. I miss more intense flavor and aromas. Perpignan73 (42) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2017
Chocolate and roasted malt upfront. Med body. Chocolate, spice and liquorice palate balanced well with bitterness. Excellent, easy drinking porter. Another winner from Sam Smiths.