HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark bitter sweet chocolate aromas and flavors. Roasted coffee notes in the nose. Pretty robust, but somewhat sophomoric in the blending of flavors.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was really looking forward to this beer as I still pine for the Honey Porter and yes I know this is not it.
Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head. Smells of smoky chocolate, roasted/burnt malt. Very rich nose. Lightly bitter and hints of almond.
Tastes as rich as it smells. Smoky roasted malt. A chocolate flavor that vasilates between bitter and milky. A nice hoppy finish, kind of spicy bitter hops instead of floral flavors. It is just so damn good. Wel-balanced and full flavored. Creamy mouth. Oh so tasty and goes down easily. This is not a huge knock-you-over-the-head style porter. Just well crafted and well balanced. Tasty as all get out and just a real honest, straight-forward brew. I love it. It’s been awhile since i’ve enjoyed a porter this much. Bravo! Hope to see it regular.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very hearty porter. One of Sam Adams best beers. Some chocolate and sweetness.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle poured an almost opaque black beer that had garnet highlights in strong light. The head was off-white and smooth, about a half inch thick. It dissipated slowly leaving good lacing on the edge of the glass. The aroma is strongly influenced by caramel and sweet dried fruits. There is also a nice malty undertone. The initial impression is of sweet malt and chocolate and sweet dried fruits. The middle matures and begins to bring out some of the hop character with a slight bitterness. The finish is long and semi sweet having a slight alcohol warmth about it.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Thx to elnadeau for sharing
Pours w/ a huge head and a brown body. Nice roasty aroma, light/medium body, with dry roastiness. The finish is dry and clean. A good porter
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle from brickskeller (tasted in may, so a little past intended drinking time). smooth, pretty mellow porter. aroma is a little chocolate-y. flavor is watery thin and slightly roasty.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12 oz bottle: Variety case at Costco in San Diego/Morena Blvd, CA) A lot of strong flavors doing battle amongst themselves in this beer as the flavors seem to clash rather than mesh. Strong, up front spiciness maintains solid presence from start to finish. Quite roasty, malty, caramely, and sweet. Oh yeah, and pretty bitter too, mostly from the spice, but also from the roast and hops, and the bitterness borders on astringent, especially in the stubbornly long-lasting finish. The nose is mostly sweet and caramely. Surprisingly, a spicy aroma is not really all that prominent. Medium-fo-full body, a bit sticky on the palate from the sweetness. The very dark color is roasted chestnut, mostly opaque, but slightly translucent and ruddy brown at the edges. The tan head is pretty small out of the bottle, and then fades away to a thin rim in short notice. Scattered patches and lines of lace decorate the glass. Not a bad beer at all, but the astringent bitterness really wears on you after awhile, so I liked this beer a lot more during the first few sips.
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very dark almost black body with dark amber highlights. A thick light tan head. Rich aroma of apples and caramel with some fresh bread crust. The taste is roasted nuts with caramel and toast. The body is thick and rich. An excellent winter time brew that will warm you up.
GonZoBeeR (3048) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance:dark with good brown head...
Beaver (1612) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a big fluffy tan head that retains well.
The aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee with some sweet cream and a little bit of dark fruits.
The flavor is bitter roasted chocolate with a big chalky metallic/acidic taste and a finish that is much more bitter (and metallic) than I expected. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.
Overall, the flavor just didn’t jibe with me - too metallic and bitter causing it to be unbalanced and not very appealing.