stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled with the Mad Indian. Pours dark with a large cola colored head. Aroma of roast, nuts, and coffee. The flavor is smooth, sweet upfront, roast, coffee, nice light finish. This beer i thought had the best body of the sampler pack, and in my oppinion was the best of the four.
beerbomb (175) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Licorice molasses porters are not bad. Pours with solid tan head, dark brown body. Smells sweet, musty, and a little smokey with a twinge of licorice. Flavor is not thick but presents each element sharply-smokey, molasses sweetness, mellow but sharp vegetative licorice, followed by woody sweet bitterness. Not the strongest brew ever but quality nonetheless. Historical points also. Overpriced though
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of licorice with some molasses. Looks nice though, dark brown or black body with tan thick head. Tastes off licorice and coffee and molasses... Not as strong as some porters, but I would not go so as to say that it is watered down. Iím not a fan of the licorice in a porter, though I know that it is not uncommon. This would be better without it in my opinion. It is not overpowering, but it would be better if it was a bit weaker. Itís an okay beer, but not worth the 2.50$ I spent (10$ for a 4-pack), but worth trying once.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
botttled. Wow, what an improvement over that last "root beer" shit, but that molasses carryed over and may have effected this rating. Still, I quite enjoyed it... great rocky cap and lasting lace. Heavy scent of malts, molasses, and a bit of smoke. Interesting combo, makes me want to brew a molasses porter. Would I have to add licorice to achieve the same result? Hummm, cause its there. Good shit that should be produced in a larger scale, IMHO.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very dark brown in color, opaque probably from the yeast with a thin, but reddish-brown head. Vegetal aroma with some pan roasted pepper seeds and Liquid Smoke (fake). Flavor and aroma are one, but in this case I would not necessarily call it a complement. This tastes horrible. The roasted pepper seeds I mentioned in the aroma seems to balance the sweetness in the beer but they hang on far too long. I know this would probably pair well with a Thai dish or even some obscure Szechuan food, but to drink it alone, I do not recommend.
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown color, roasted smell. I picked up something sweet, and now I realize it was the licorice. Interesting, I guess, but its not that great. Watered down tasting, not worth the 4 pack price. Id drink any other regular Sam Adams over this, any day of the week.
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. S,e;;s malty with licorice and some hoppy elements. Tastes of coffee, molasses, pepper and licorice. Watery and one dimensional.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a big creamy tan head that stayed very well and laced the glass in sheets. Aroma of dark roasted malts and a bit of molasses and just a touch of licorice. Flavor is lots of roasted malts, some molasses, a touch of coffee, and licorice. Some hops on the finish give it a touch of bitterness. Palate is light and airy for a porter. I believe that this should be a porter and not a traditional ale.