Samuel Smith

SAMUEL SMITH

Samuel Smith is Yorkshire, England’s oldest running brewery.  Established in 1758 and operating out of Tadcaster, England, the brewery has its own cooper making facility and repairs all of its own oak casks.  Their also famous for using the original well at the Old Brewery, which sunk in 1758 for drawing out their water and using it in the brewing process. “All Samuel Smith’s beers are brewed solely from authentic natural ingredients without any chemical additives, raw material adjuncts, artificial sweeteners, colourings, flavourings or preservatives.”

www.samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Below is the list of reviewed beers in order:

IMPERIAL STOUT: 95 Points

Not just for royalty

This Imperial Stout is available year-round in 550 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A rich flavourful brew; deep chocolate in colour with a roasted barley nose and flavour that is a complexity of malt, hops, alcohol and yeast. Fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’”

My Description: The reason this beer is so good is because it takes everything that you think of in an imperial stout and works magic with it. The head is bountiful with a dark beige color and great lacing. The head also retains nicely, it lasted pretty much the whole way. The aroma has a sweet base with notes of dark fruit, caramel, and dark sugar. It smells sweet and inviting. The first sip will give you a roasted coffee taste that is accompanied by dark fruits like dark cherry and raisin. Alcohol flavor will make its appearance but it is very minimal and easily overpowered by the other flavors of the beer. The body is medium to full with a good carbonation level and it is smooth. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a hint of dark chocolate. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with steak, fruit glazed bread, or chocolate desserts.

ABV: 7.0% Color: Black Sweetness: 4/10 Bitterness: 3/10

NUT BROWN ALE: 94 Points

Great Brown Ale

This Brown Ale is available year-round in 550 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Brewed with well water, best barley malt, yeast and aromatic hops; fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ to create a relatively dry ale with rich nutty colour and palate of beech nuts, almonds and walnuts.”

My Description: I can see why this brown ale is known around the world as being in the top of its class. It has a tan colored head that has great retention and leaves some strong lacing. The aroma is on the sweet side with a strong caramel and malty presence accompanied by some nuttiness as well. This beer delivers a crisp, smooth, and refreshing taste that satisfies your thirst. It begins semi-sweet and as you drink it you will pick up on flavor notes of tobacco, roasted chocolate malt, some nuttiness, and notes of malt. The aftertaste brings great balance to the beer by providing a slightly bitter taste that is relatively dry and there is also some caramel notes too. If you like brown ales then you will love this beer, it’s great to have in your fridge at all times. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with spicy foods, roasted duck, or game meat.

ABV: app. 5%  Color: Dark Brown/Red Hues  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10

OATMEAL STOUT: 95 Points

This should be your breakfast

This Oatmeal Stout is available year-round in 550 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Brewed with well water; fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ to create an almost opaque, wonderfully silky and smooth textured ale with a complex medium dry palate and bittersweet finish.”

My Description: Oats add body, sharpness, and smoothness to the beer, not so much in flavor. This beer tastes like a stout and has a body to die for. It starts off with a big and fluffy light beige head with great retention and even greater lacing. The aroma is faint but will give off some roasted malt notes, as well as some grain and roasted coffee. This beer is the definition of easy drinking. It is smooth, medium/full bodied, with a creamy presence. Up front you will taste flavors of grain, roasted coffee, raisins, and a minor hint of chocolate. The finish is slightly dry with a moderate bitter aftertaste that satisfies and complements the rest of the beer very well. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with a heavy pasta, pizza, or gourmet cheeses.

ABV: app. 5% Color: Black Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

ORGANIC APRICOT ALE: 95 Points

Stickler for true apricots? Drink this

This Fruit Ale uses only organic products including organic apricots. It is available seasonally in 550 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Ale brewed with apricot juice and natural flavor.”

My Description: This beer is a great example of how the true flavor of fruit does not need to be comprised in order to create a great tasting beer. It has a great sized, off-white colored head that retains greatly and produces some nice lacing. The aroma strongly resembles the smell you get once you open a bag of dried apricots; this beer has a great scent. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a clean finish. Upon the first sip, you will get a delicious blast of dried apricots that tastes sweet and slightly tarty. The aftertaste leaves a lingering apricot flavor with the slightest hint of bitterness. However, the bitterness is not enough to balance the sweetness of this beer. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with coconut shrimp, fish tacos, or a salad.

ABV: 5.1% Color: Hazy Light Orange Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

ORGANIC CHOCOLATE STOUT: 96 Points

Genuine chocolate flavor

Genuine chocolate flavor

This Stout is available year-round in 12 oz. and 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Brewed with well water (the original well, sunk in 1758, is still in use with the hard water is drawn from 85 feet underground), the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and organic cocoa impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavours and a delightful finish – this is the perfect marriage of satisfying stout and luxurious chocolate.”

My Description: This would be a delicious stout just on its own, but once you taste the chocolate it becomes seductive. It starts off with a great, dark beige colored head that has a good retention level and leaves behind a good amount of lacing.  The aroma is semi-sweet with a deep chocolate note accompanied by roasted malts and vanilla. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The texture is creamy and very smooth. Upfront, there are flavor notes of roasted malt, genuine dark chocolate, and a very faint cinnamon addition. The aftertaste is slightly bitter but not enough to balance out the sweetness. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, grilled steak tips, or cheesecake.

ABV: 5%  Color: Black  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

ORGANIC LAGER: 89 Points

Good and Refreshing

This lager is brewed with malt and hops that did not use any chemical sprays or artificial fertilizers. Available year-round in 550 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A full-bodied lager with lots of malty character; a touch hoppier than many lagers yet perfectly balanced. Brewed using lightly kilned organic lager malt from barley grown in the UK, organic hops, yeast and water.”

My Description: This is a delicious lager that is smooth, refreshing, and the taste reflects the quality of the ingredients that were used. It has a bright white head that is fluffy and fades slowly to a thin film that lasts the whole way. The lacing is nice too as it sticks to the glass. The aroma has that unique lager scent; it smells clean with a hint of grain and zest. Nothing overpowering in the aroma, just simple and inviting. The beer itself is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level. The front of your mouth will get a more malty taste that leads into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter but nothing is overpowering. All the flavors are mellow and smooth. The finish is a bit dry and crisp, which will hit the spot on that sunny day. The quality of the ingredients really do matter and this beer is evidence of that. It is best served around 42°F and pairs nicely with BBQ, pizza, or buffalo wings.

ABV: 5.0% Color: Clear Pale/Straw Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10

ORGANIC RASPBERRY ALE: 94 Points

Strong Raspberry Taste

This Organic ale has been approved by The Vegan Society. It is a fruit beer that is available year-round in 550 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Organic Barley and Wheat blended with pure organic raspberry fruit juices.”

My Description: This fruit ale would be a great selection to have on a special occasion but it isn’t one that can be drank everyday. It has a decent head that is off-white in color with a red hue. The aroma has a powerful raspberry scent that is delightful. The beer is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and is very smooth and crisp. It is a sweeter beer with a strong taste of raspberry accompanied by a tart taste as well. The aftertaste is smooth and slightly tarty as well. You need to be in the mood for something sweet and fruity to drink this beer. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with desserts, salads with vinaigrette dressings, or poultry.

ABV: app. 5% Color: Burgundy Sweetness: 5.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

TADDY PORTER: 94 Points

Porter at its Finest

 This Porter is available year-round in 550 ml. bottles

Brewer’s Description: “A very dark, full bodied ale with a rich, creamy head and an intense dry, tangy character. The type of beer first brewed in the early 18th Century; gained its name from being drunk by porter in this fish, meat and other produce markets.”

My Description: This porter comes from England where porters were invented two hundred years ago and they haven’t lost a step. Once poured, you get a big and fluffy, beige colored head that leaves some great lacing and has a really good retention. The aroma is slightly complex with a roasted malt and dark fruit base accompanied by notes of molasses, chocolate, with a metallic hint. The aroma is pleasing and makes you salivate. As soon as you take the first sip, dark fruits will burst into your mouth with a slight taste of coffee. The body is medium and carbonated at a good level. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with some dark fruit flavors as well. The overall feel of the beer is airy and smooth, very easy drinking. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with shellfish, chocolate desserts, and poultry.

ABV: 5.0%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10

WINTER WELCOME ALE: 86 Points

A warm winter?

This winter ale is is available seasonally in the winter months in 550 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The full body resulting from fermentation in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ and the luxurious malt character, which will appeal to a broad range of drinkers, is balanced against whole-dried Fuggle and Golding hops with nuances and complexities that should be contemplated before an open fire.”

My Description: This is a good beer with delicious flavors, however I was hoping for a little more body and warmth considering that this is a winter ale. The description says that this ale is full bodied, but to me it is medium bodied. It has a nice light tan colored head that provides good retention and decent lacing. The aroma is pleasing with a light malt base accompanied by notes of honey, grain, and spices. The carbonation level is good for this style and the beer is smooth. In the beginning you will taste different spices and fruits like plums and white raisins. There is also some honey and a little ginger as well. The aftertaste has a slight bitter note accompanied by some holiday spices. For this style I was hoping for a little more body and alcohol but it’s a good beer none-the-less. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with ham, roasted poultry, or apple pie.

ABV: 6.0%  Color: Copper  Sweetness: 4/10  Bitterness: 3/10

YORKSHIRE STINGO: 92 Points

Yorkshire Delicious

This English Strong Ale is aged in oak casks and is released in limited quantities in 550 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Yorkshire Stingo is aged for at least a year, matured in well-used oak casks in the brewery’s underground cellars deriving fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slight oaky flavours, before being further naturally conditioned in bottle.”

My Description: The aging process and the use of oak casks create a complex flavor profile that is similar to a Barleywine, just not as big and strong. It has a big and bubbly, light beige colored head that retains nicely and produces a decent amount of lacing. The aroma has a sweet and malty presence accompanied by notes of toffee and raisins. It is roughly full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The taste follows the nose; it has a malty base with notes of dark fruits like raisins, caramel, some vanilla, and oak. The alcohol is apparent but does not interfere, which is true to the style. There is a slight bitterness in the aftertaste, which brings balance and character to the beer. This is a high quality ale and can be aged for several years. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with baked ham, strong gourmet cheeses, or roasted duck.

ABV: 9%  Color: Dark Amber  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 3/10