This beer is hands-down a solid, pleasurable pick. Brewed in England by Samuel Smith Old Brewery, this porter packs a smooth finish — graced by hints of creamy caramel — without any harsh edge or unpleasant aftertaste. Even when enjoyed with a cigar, the beer held its own, with a crisp flavor that paired well with a mild Macanudo.
The amber-hued beverage had a pleasant, citrus scent without any overpowering hint of alcohol, and the bubbles were well-formed and consistent, providing a slightly fizzy palate. This is the sort of beer I could drink one after another without a second thought.
Personal verdict: A.
BeerAdvocate overall review: A- (942 reviews as of August 2010).
Note: This review was originally posted to the author’s personal blog.