brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a dark, dark brown with a small tan colored foam on top. There is some nice lacing on the glass as I enjoy this fine libation.
S: The primary aroma is roasted malt, but there are some mild chocolate and vanilla notes in there as well.
T: A fairly sweet beer for a porter. The roasted malt and coffee come through on the finish, but the initial tastes are chocolate and caramel.
M: A medium bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: Like most of the other Sam Adams beers, a very easy drinker. I wish it wasn’t quite as sweet, but it’s still a decent beer and easy to have a few of in a sitting.
chrisv10 (9713) - DENMARK - FEB 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Very dark brown body with big creamy tan head. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.
Lubiere (9328) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear deep dark porter with a huge moka head, with a nitrogen tap look to it (its a bottle though). Nice. Cold coffee and and chocolate in aroma, with butterscotch notes (good in this case). In mouth, rather nice rich bittersweet chocolate with burned coffee bitterness, and a decent medium body. A very decent porter. Bought in Potsdam, NY, early 2005.
rlgk (9037) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, brownish head. Pleasant malty chocolate aroma, creamy notes, some toffee. Malty flavor, but with more hops. A bit roasted, some coffee. Nice bitter finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours near opaque with a huge foamy tan head that slowly diminishes to a creamy rocky film. Caramel malt, syrup (molasses) and dark roasted malt aroma with notes of toffee and fruit (raisin, prune). Yeast (sweat) and very dark roasted malt and dark chocolate creamy flavor with a dry hoppy finish. Dark bodied and smooth, slightly dry palate.
Ratman197 (8869) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clkear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a lightly dry finishj. Flavors of bitter chocolate, carmel, charcoal and light vanilla with a smooth lightly dry lingering charcoal finish.
hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Very dark porter with a small, creamy, lightly tanned head. The aroma is chocolatey and very deeply roasted with notes of light port wine, dark raisins and caramel. The flavor is perfectly balanced. Medium-bitter, chocolatey and medium-burnt with just a dash of salt. Medium-bodied and very lightly creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes burnt, bitter and dry.
daknole (8333) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a pretty nice porter. SA seems to be pretty good at producing some nice porters, regardless of style. Good roasted malt flavor with some coffee tones. Spicey and nice. Warm going down.
NielsenRatings (8114) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2011 Bottle @ home. Pours a black appearance with a light tan/brown head that disappears to nothing pretty quickly. Nose is made of chocolate malts and seems to show a medium to full bodied beer. Dark chocolate malty body that’s lightly carbonated with a good roastiness. Finish is again chocolate and chocolate malts. Somewhat simple but overall very solid beer.
Drake (7848) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Thanks Sean! Pours a very dark red-tinted brown color with a very large tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with a creamy lactic note. Sweet, lactic taste with roasted malts and some hop bitterness. Medium bodied.