Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Good Reason to Visit Tadcaster, England...

I have been surprised at how much I like Samuel Smith's beers.  I'm currently five beers into my attempt to try all the brews at Samuel Smith's Old Brewery.

It started when we reviewed Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout on the show.  I was so inspired that I went looking for it later that week at the grocery store.  Then, out of curiosity, I tried Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout and that was even better.  Now add Nut Brown Ale, India Ale and Taddy Porter to the list.  These are all great beers.  In general, they are full-flavored malty beers, and boy, are they delicious.

Here are my BBA Ratings so far...

Oatmeal Stout - 10 - the oats add a nice creaminess
Imperial Stout - 9 - great sipping beer, good night cap
Taddy Porter - 8 - delicious roasted barley
India Ale - 8 - this English India Pale Ale is not hoppy at all, reminds me of golden ale
Nut Brown Ale - 8 - nutty flavor and probably the thinnest mouthfeel of the group

A couple more to go.  I'm not sure what else is available locally.  If anyone has any suggestions on other Samuel Smith's offerings, then leave them in the comment section.  Also, let me know if you love or hate these guys.  I want to know if other people out their are as excited as I am.

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