beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice molasses, chocolate, spicy vanilla aromas from a rich ruby brown beer with minimal, but lasting tan head. Was perhaps a little thin for my taste, but then had a nice lingering bittersweet finish.
midwestdrifter (5) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
has a touch of nuttyness and caramel in aroma. thick creamy head. dark brown body. creamy feel and slight carbonation. a warm roasty taste. a little bitter at finsih.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear reddish black with a fluffy brown head. Nice chocolatey roasty aroma. Taste has more of the aroma qualities plus notes of coffee and roasted malt. Moderately sweet with a slightly burnt aftertaste. Medium body with a smooth texture but could use more body and thickness. Great head retention, nice porter.
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks the part of the quintessential porter. Mellow aroma, and a funny but complex taste of roasted barley, cocoa and pears. Definitely having this one again.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark, dark brown with virtually no head. Smells a bit sour with notes of chocolate and hazelnut. Tastes tart with cocoa notes and some smoke, has a medium body and finishes with low bitterness. Virtually no hop character. What is it with the "tangy" thing that most of the SS ales have? Distinct, but not my favorite porter.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Purchased at Pittsburgh Bottleshop cafe. Poured a nice dark ruby color with a soft puffy head. Cannot see through this one. Head leaves quite quickly with no lacing. Nose is like cough syrup... not much excitement for this one. Taste is of slight coffee - almost like a cheap red wine - not much to cheer in this one. Thin and big bubbled carbonation with no real signs of life. I donít understand how this beer is rated so high. I havenít found many of these Samuel Smith beers that are worth a damn. Not great at all. Iím not even going to call it good.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with tan head looks good. Aroma of roasted malt and hops also nice. Rich flavor with coffee and the roasted barley coming through. Dry and a little tart with some hop bite. An excellent, easy to drink porter.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, not opaque, looks quite a bit like a cola. Nose lightly roasty, bit of coffee, some chocolate. Similar flavor, some vinous richness, nice light coffee finish. Body is lighter than the typical brewpub porter, not thin, just easy to drink. Very nice.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown/black with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee and a hint
of winelike qualities. Flavor is mostly
dark roasted malts, almost a burnt flavor
actually. Also notes of hop bitterness,
coffee and dark chocolate. Dry finish.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured very dark brown with a fizzy light brown head that dissipated very slowly. The aroma is smokey with scents of roasted coffee and caramel. Medium body. The taste reflects the aroma with just a touch of hop bitterness added. Very dry, tart finish. Good drink.