Choos (680) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vinuous winey aroma with a generous amount of coffee, prunes and a hint of malt made me want to sniff this for hours. Appearance is fabulously black with a dark brown head, looks oily. Flavour was mochery and fortified wine fruity with a hint of yeasty balancing flavour. This was thick and smooth and incredibly balanced only loosing points because of the weird clear bottle.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled from happyydeli NYC- Smells and of coffee dark color brown head taste strong good shit thinner than i thought
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Uh, erm......prune and licorice juice. Little bit of coffee. Mouthfeel thin but intensely oily. Distinctive Sam Smith’s yeast. Rummy. If this were crystallized into candy, my grandma would love it. Of course, she’s into prunes and licorice and rum. I’m not.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet black with small loose capaccino head. Vinuous and slight coffee aroma. Intense heavily roasted malt flavour, very nice at the beginning but then the burnt aspect takes over. Just too roasted for my taste. Didn’t enjoy this as much as the Taddy Porter.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark, black. incredible nose. Sweet, chocolatey, raisiny, like an incredible port wine. Heavy mouthfeel with swirling flavors of malt, chocolate and mollasses. Smooth. easy finish. Outstanding beer.
Rupp (13) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Higher alcohols in aroma. Flavor has butterscotch some chocolate, malt disappears into a dry finish. Could use more body and malt flavor, diacetyl detracts, but has a good bitterness.
Sammy (9826) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glad to have shared it as I couldn't get through the pint. Beautiful dark colour and barley wine taste. Chicory roasted and not too coffee was a plus. Creamy and bit chewy-was that supposed to be? Nice carbonation. Judging by the label, its been brewed for over 100 years so it was nice to participate in a tradition. Not the best Samuel Smith.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
(on bottle)Sometimes I get confused about "porters" and "stouts". This one pulls a nice 7%, as a imperial stout, but has the thin, clearnes in the side of the glass, as a porter. Anyway, the aroma is very heavy on berries and nut, some caramel too. The taste is smooth, but not as full/creamy as a heavy stout and ends slightly bitter; get ready for the next sip.
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 Beers like this one is the reason I drink. Pours black with an outstanding aroma (almost red wine like)rich berries. Taste of malts takes over this beer. Finish is just enjoyable as the first sip. Drink at room temp you most certainly will enjoy it more. Doesn't have that American punch but a great Imperial stout to start a non-drinking beer fan out with.
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black color that is topped by a creamy head. Thick aromas of molasses, coffee, chocolate, and dense dark malts all are found in the nose. Surprisingly any roast malt character is pretty subdued. This beer has a light creamy mouthfeel, with a finish of roast malts. The taste is reminiscent of malt balls, with molasses notes up front. The finish is sweet but it is balanced by a burnt acidity, the combination of the two is quite good. I also get notes of espresso and burnt raisins. This is pretty good, I haven't had one of these in years, and hopefully I will revisit this one sooner rather than later.