muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Smooth creamy tan head tops a lustrous black caramel body...licorice and tobacco make inroads into the huge malty nose, offering complexity and fun...cry cola-esque nose, tarry and chocolaty, with late sweet herbs and lasting dry cocoa, strong bitter long finish. Near the top from this brewer, excellent.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Starts with a roasted, chocolate malt taste and finishes with a crisp hop kick to keep the palate clean. Another solid beer from SA.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper in color with a large tan head. Aroma of roasted malt,sweet malt and hoppy. Flavors of toasted malt,chocolate,roasted malt and caramel.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured nice and black. Kind of coffee flavoured - overall not a bad beer but it seemed to lack either texture or feel that I like in a darker beer. Perhaps if I let it sit it might develop some complexity - as it is the flavors seemd not to mingle.
PorterPounder (6894) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Habersham Beverage Warehouse - Savannah, Ga. Coffee colored pour with a light mocha head. Aroma has some chocolate and bittersweet coffee - quite nice. Flavor has bit of chicory, bittersweet chocolate and a wee bit of creamy caramel. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Excellent for a lager. Goes down smoothly.
Panzuriel (1689) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown-black clear liquid wiht a thin tan head. Nose is of a dry roasted malty flavor. Almost reminiscent of a good beer batter. Taste is a light but very pleasing roasted flavor. Light texture, fluid and clean. Aftertaste is pleasant and lightly roasty grain. A very nice beer.
pkbites (823) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like hot cocoa with alcohol added! VERY chocolaty! Nice deep color. Thick, but smooth. Impressive.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, best before JUL 05 drank APR 05: Deep chestnut, with a nice off-white small-bubbled head, light sweet grasses in the aroma, mild carbonation, dry ending, one of the better beers that I’ve had from Sam Adams.
Bailz316 (228) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer with small tan head. Roasty aroma. Chocolate and coffee present. Very flavorful beer. Give this one a try.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ummm, black color... not much head, aroma is sweet with cocoa. Flavor starts out quite sweet, mouthfeel becomes noticibly dry, some chocolate, smoke and bitterness comes on to finish. Strange beer, not bad though - I think it would make a good barbeque sauce.