Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like cookie dough, chocolate with some coffee hints. Pours black with nice light brown head. Tastes sweet at first following the chocolate theme but the bitterness of the hops takes over quickly and fades just as fast. Leaves a strange aftertaste in my mouth.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Smells like chocolate chip cookies. Notes of cookies, chocolate malts, and coffee come through. Sour aftertaste with a bitter finish. A decent drinkable porter.
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with a tan head. chocolate aroma smells like malt balls. watery chocolate flavor with a bitter cinnamon finish. not bad, very drinkable.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Body is black, 1/4 inch tan head. Aroma is caramel, butterschotch, chocolate, nice sweet aroma. Taste is heavy coffee, then fades into chocolate and caramel. Very nice for a Sam Adams brew.
ClarkVV (5249) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 2004 bottle. Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with light tan tinges on the sides and a yellow head. Aroma of hops, light roast and some strange acidity. Nuttiness and light caramel. Flavor is lightly roasty, moderately sweet, with a good musty/dusty English feel to it. Must be the chocolate malt. No alcohol apparency, moderate bitterness on the end. Amazingly, this beer did not lose flavor on the end, and was quite medium-full bodied throughout. No wateriness, good flavor. I was shocked. Typical Sam Adams sharp, fizzy carbonation though.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Somewhat bitter. Tasted herbal like a strong Ricola cough drop. Could use more flavor. Seems like a nice base, a first attempt to ply into something impressive with experimentation.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark ruby, black from a distance, tan head. Burnt coffee aroma, light cocoa. Slightly roasty flavor, not quite as burnt, light bitterness. It also has that Samuel Adams house character which is tough to describe but seems to be found in all of their beers. Medium bodied. Not bad, an average porter.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark opaque reddish brown appearance, decent head formation. Malty, fruity charred coffee and cocoa aroma. Roasted coffee malt flavor, mildly chocolaty. Fairly heavy hop bitterness that detracts from some of the traditional porter characteristics.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad porter at all, I just wish the flavor was a bit more stong,it fades fast. I liked the old fuzziwig and winter lager too. Good effort from Sam Adams.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad porter at all. Not in the league with Anchor, mind you, but good. Pours an opaque dark brown bordering on black with a medium tan head. Malty aroma, tastes of chocolate and a hint of fruit. Not unlike Sierra Nevada Porter, but not quite as rich as I would’ve liked. Still, a good beer.