Gorbalev (2988) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Lots of chocolate in the nose. Black colour, with red hints. Poured rather creamy, very stout like. Flavour is more chocolate with appropriate roasted bitterness. Is this ever smooth going down - it is like a nitro, only there is lots of flavour! I had the imperial stout the night before, and this doesnít compare, but on its own this is a really nice beer. But I still think this is an obvious stout.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - very nice roasty aroma with just a hint of smoke. Deep, dark body with a somewhere more stout-like head. Itís a bit darker than most porters and tightly bubbled. Flavor also has a bit of smoke. I get more smoke than roast. Nice mouthfeel and a very nice beer!
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
roasted coffee nose, nutty flavor, dry roasted chocolate, not too sweet, and a little thin, nothing too special
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I took a chance since I havenít had good luck with Sam Smithís beers (all of the ones iíve had have been skunky). Nice smooth roasted aroma over a dark dark beer. Pleasant barley flavor, but the mouthfeel is weak or watered or thin.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2005 This beer looks better then it tastes. The tan head and deep dark body are as inviting as ever, but the initial taste was flat. There were notes of fruit among the chocolate, and a bitter bite at the end.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Roasted malt abounds - chocolate and liqourice. Carbonation masks insipid body, dull and lifeless.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black in color with a tan head. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt. Nice malty forward taste, with a bitter chocolate finish. Slight hints of dried fruit in the background as well.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Dark brown with a good sized tan lasting head. Malty with a strong roasted barley and coffee flavor. This moght be too strong for a porter. Good mouth feel. A good effort.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
May have been a little skunky...Iím pretty sure it had been sitting in the light for awhile. Other than that, it pours, smells, drinks, and feels good. Will drink and enjoy again. Yummy!
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown beer with a large tan head. Choclate aroma with a bit of coffee. a great beer.