RE: Samuel Smith Beer
With all the microbrews out there, both domestic and import, I find Sam Smith's to be a little expensive, although it's an excellent beer. At times, it can be found on sale, in which case I pick up some bottles and savor their dark beers. The Taddy Porter, however, is my measuring stick to which I measure all other Porters. Rare that one is found to be as good. I've found other beers that equal or surpass (IMO) their other beers, but the Taddy Porter is tough to beat. In fact, most of their heavy beers, like the Imperial Stout and Oatmeal Stout are hard to beat, so it can be worth the extra expense. On the other hand, I find their Lager, Nut Brown, Pale and India Pale Ales to be very good, but surpassable by several beweries, and that's not even comparing value, which I don't think their lighter beers are a good value; of those, however, I'd pick the Nut Brown and find some other English and India Pale Ales and Lagers.