Again from the Smithy

Samuel Smith

“The Old Brewery Tadcaster”

From the traditional gravity-fed brewery to the unique slate “Yorkshire Squares” fermentation, Samuel Smith delivers styles not common on this side of the Atlantic.


SamSmith IndiaIndia Ale

This gives an amber glass with a generous vanilla cream head. The nose of bakery malts come with mild earth & spice hops. It delivers rich malt on the palate with a hint of caramel immediately banished by hop bitterness. This is no hop bomb but still the hops assert themselves, a British IPA recalling the roots of the style. Moves to a long lightly hoppy finish. 5.0% ABV

SamSmith ApricotOrganic Apricot

“Brewed at Melbourn Bros ancient brewery in Stanford, Lincolnshire” then it proceeds to Tadcaster for bottling.
It is gold tinged with apricot with a brief medium white head. There’s a light apricot nose, a tiny bit sour, over cracker malt. Then comes clear clean apricot flavor with a creamy texture. This avoids sweet and avoids bitter, delivering fruit but not sugar, real fruit not artificial. Ends with a smooth fruity finish. 5.0% ABV

1sam_smith_organic_raspberry_ale_smOrganic Raspberry

I reviewed this before, and I’ll quote myself: “the Organic Raspberry Ale is . . . really intense, like raspberry preserves on the nose and palette. This one and the Organic Cherry were my intro to their fruit beers, and the Apricot takes its place in a strong lineup.

SamSmith Imperial StoutImperial Stout

Opaque darkest brown in the glass with a medium tan head. Starts with a roasty, slightly boozy nose with a ton of malt. On the palate comes a full mouthfeel with layers of malt, bready and cake-like and especially dark. There’s a note of spicy hops that comes in on the lingering malt finish with a hint of dark fruit. 7.0% ABV, strong by their standards.

SamSmith ChocolateOrganic Chocolate Stout

This pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a brief tan head. The serious chocolate aroma is like walking into a chocolate shop, then this resolves into an aroma like a chocolate malted shake. The first sip starts like cocoa and slides darker like semi-sweet chocolate. It has a relatively light body and even a certain crispness beyond the chocolate. Some roasty notes emerge on the finish. This is a chocoholic’s beer! 5.0% ABV

A fine session for Anglophiles and those who appreciate traditional styles.


Images courtesy of Samuel Smith Brewing
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