In a nutshell: Dark and rich Porter from Sam Smith's of Tadcaster, North Yorkshire.
The lowdown: Brewed with water drawn from the brewery's own well in Tadcaster which was sunk in 1758 this is a bold and full-bodied traditional dark porter with a layer of rich chocolate and coffee flavours underlying a pleasingly clean dryness. Good witrh food and pairs well with rich stews and casseroles.
One of the few remaining old independent regional brewers, Samuel Smith's was established in 1758 and makes claim to be the oldest in Yorkshire. The brewery is still based in Tadcaster which is the region's brewing capital.
They brew a wide range of tradtional English beers some of which are one of the last breweries to retain coopers for their wooden casks and stabling for dray horses that still undertake local deliveries.