morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aggie80 (776) - Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, creamy head, bubbles are a bit big and it fades quick. Good flavor, bit on the sweet side. Nice dark color and some good malt flavors.
hopscotch (8393) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer rocks.
The nose is moderately malty with hints of toasted malt, dark bread, dark chocolate and mild coffee. I also detected a touch of raisin, smoke and licorice. This beer is pitch black with a small, creamy, off-white head. The flavor is a nice balance of lightly bitter, lightly malty and a touch sour. Coffee, chocolate and licorice abound in the flavor. The mouthfeel is full with lively carbonation. Finally, this porter finishes dry and long. Another excellent beer from Sam Smith.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good malty aroma, both roastiness and slight sweetness come through...Darkest brown with red edges, topped by beautiful tan rocky head and thick fingers of lace. Flavor is robust but with the SS trademark of fine balance of elements--malts and restrained hoppiness in fine balance...mellow coffee notes...Roasty medium-dry finish...A very fine all-around issue by one of the "old reliables" of the brewing universe.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overall a good porter, and im not a fan of porters for the most part. Very nice color and decent head. Deep reddish brown on the edges and black in the center. Nice chocolate and roasted flavors like coffee. Easy to drink although it is a large bottle(550ml). Very good but i think anchor porter has more full flavor.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good. Initial roasted flavor with tangy sour aftertaste. Despite its self-proclamation of fame, it seems a little too weak when compared to some of the better porters. But still good.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2009 Mild, kinda sweet. Nothing special in my book (But Iím also not fond of porters).
(Re-Rate) Bottle from BevMo Mira Mesa: Dark brown pour with an initial medium, but fading light brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate with a hint of smoke and maybe some coffee. Flavor starts lightly sweet with a little dark chocolate, some coffee, a little smoke and a milk chocolate finish. Light-medium body is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great porter. Sweet, smooth, and full bodied flavor. Wonderful aroma, great appearence, nice head. A great great beer.
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i was a bit drunk already when i had this, so it doesnít clearly stick out in my mind... but it was a great porter, with all the roasted barley goodness one can handle... not sure about the dry tangy character
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20