Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very early favorite of mine and a classic to this day. Love grabbing a few for a night by the fire. Goes well with brautworst.
ALLOVATE (2911) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted this from the 55cL bottle, my only sample, seemed to have held onto it for so long in the hope that someone in Perth may stock it again. Kicking myself for not buying at least a dozen when I could. Poured, cool but not cold, into a tall stem glass, a tight short tan head formed atop an opaque black body with only a hint of brown in the lights. The head was steadfast and sat around for the length producing lovely rings of lace down the glass. Initial waft of leather and marmite in the nose, subsided to reveal burnt grain, molasses, dark chocolate and some low cherry notes. Rich, creamy and smooth in the mouth, the aroma plays credit to the flavours as it glides across the tongue with incredible ease. Medium bodied and light in carbonation, it showed a lovely balance of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and toasted ’bready’ grain. Finish is long and chocolaty, yet dry and a little yeasty that leaves you wanting a little more. A truly outstanding Porter and definitely another credit to this extraordinary and quite secretive Tadcaster brewer. A wonderful drop!!!
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 Near black with dense light brown head. Heavy roasted aromas, burnt chocolate, dark coffee. Smells rich and has a creamy mouthfeel, but carbonation is light, perhaps due to immense density. A whole lot going on here, the definition of what a porter should be.
novedyarg (55) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Creamy head with a slight tan hint. Dark brown boardering black body. A very sweet and roasted aroma with a hint of barley and coffee. Smooth malty finish with an underlying of hops. An excellent beer.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big billowy layer of creamy tan head on top of a deep brown/black pour. Just a glimmer of light makes it through holding the glass to a light. Aroma...wow, this is some fragrant stuff. It’s so cool when I can start smelling a beer when it’s poured and still several feet away. Butter, toffee, dates. Coffee, but not that outright coffee roastiness--more like coffee with a shot of Scotch. Some of the clear bottle skunking there, but with all the the other aromas going on, it’s not that distracting. Bittersweet chocolate flavors, with some dry, chalky coffee bitterness. Much lighter bodied (though still substantial), and much less sweet than the color and aroma would indicate. Not as balanced as some of the rest of Samuel Smith’s ales, but bombastic and unique, and I like it.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Nice dark brown color. Flavors are very well done. Roast malt, nuts, and sweet flavors lend this to be a great example of a proper porter. Smooth and refreshing and no hint of being stout-y. Well built beer, if you want to know what porter should be. Try this.
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice roasted malty nose, Mild chocolate, creamy coffee and caramel. Velvet like texture in the mouth. This is a nice, well rounded porter.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small fast dissapearing beige head with a rich dark body,chocolatey coffee sweet nose and wonderfu bitter-sweet chocolate tase.I really like Porters and this doesnt let us Brits down!!
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium brown head with a dark as night body. Big time caramel, vanilla, bitter chocolate, and coffeee aroma. Also I coulda swore I noticed a cookie like aroma. Very smooth drinking, with some cool acidity. Very full flavor. Nice blasts of coffee and chocolate, with a little bit of dried figs at the end. This beer reminds me why I love porters so much. A classic
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an amazingly deep, dark black. Wow. Taste isn’t nearly as dark as I thought it would be judging by color. Very sweet, but the sugary taste is restrained by charred and burnt flavors throughout. Caramelized sugars, maple syrup, milk chocolate, coffee, burnt grains, and some light fruits; melon and peach. Body is full, a bit sticky and definately thick.