overall
96
99
style
Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Porter
Tadcaster, England

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
akaufman (16) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2007
gold standard in porfter category. carbonated with lighter mouth feel. lower in alcohol compared to pac nw bombers. very dank taste


3.6
LazyPyro (1198) - 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.

3.4
Scipio (1075) - 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.

3
GoddamnNoise (158) - 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.

4
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.

3.2
koleminer20 (3591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2017
330 or 355 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. I’m not sure of the bottle or can size, but here it is. The pour is a darker brown, very clear with some amber shining through. There is a decent khaki colored head and a nice bit of lace left behind. The aroma is light. There is a chocolate and sweet caramel to this one up front with a light roasted malt, and a touch of nuttiness. Everything is just light, and I wish there was more depth. The flavor is much of the same. The roasted malt comes through first with a light chocolate and a hint of some caramel. A metallic component takes over the finish. The mouth feel is decent with a softer carbonation and a malty, bitter nuttiness, and a hint of metallic on the finish. It’s really quick fading as well. This isn’t bad, but it’s going in a decent direction. 6 4 6 3 13

3.5
ebone1988 (1917) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Bottle from Merchants. Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, slightly nutty, nice. Appearance is dark brown, light brown head, clear. Taste is roasted malt, nutty, dark chocolate, metallic, falls off quick. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, roasted malt and slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, it’s pretty good, though I wish it was more robust. Samuel Smith beers always fall off quicker than I want.

3.4
tricksta_p (4629) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2017
Bottle from Speciaalbierpakket. Aroma is dark malt, caramel, some roast and quite some liquorice, bit sugary, touch of dark fruits, raisins and dark chocolate. Flavour is medium sweet and moderate roasty bitter. Body is medium. Nice classic Porter, very drinkable.

3.5
ehaak26 (518) - - MAY 4, 2017
On tap at The Pub. Pours a nice dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and some coffee.

3.7
MelvinKalksma (1536) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2017

Aroma:
Slight/medium aroma of malts, caramel, liquorice, chocolate and roasted malts.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a slight/medium beige/brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts.

Overall:
This beer is intense and balanced, but lacks complexity. Really flavourful and especially for its abv, but it is all thanks to that abysmal cane sugar again. Perfect appearance and a great palate, but the aroma could have been a lot stronger.

4
matzou (188) - SPAIN - APR 21, 2017
Vinous aroma light roastiness. Black body with 1 finger white head. Taste is vinous slightly barrel like. Medium light body medium low carbonation. Light sweet opening with dry finish


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