brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Poured very dark, plum, raisin, chocolate cake aroma, nice cocoay first taste, soft, coffeish backtaste, a little to energized as all S. Smith brews seem to beno heavy alcohol taste common in many porters, an outstanding brew
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another very dark one. Tan colored head. Coffee and dark roasted malt aroma. A bit astringent aftertaste. Overall, a very decent brew.
fly (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head on this is a sight to behold. Actually took me a while to work past just looking at the thing. Sour/tart and mildly roasted, with caramel and other enjoyable qualities. Thin? maybe, but not so as to bother me.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black, with a brown head. The nose is rich in chocolate. Flavour brings roasted malt, chocolate and some fruit. Medium bitter. Full-bodied.
larsniclas (6145) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drak brown with a creamy head.
Salty aroma with notes of chocolate and coffee.
Smoked and burnt flavour from charcoal and chocolate.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2010 Bottled. An excellent beer. The aroma is a sour roastiness and more reminiscent of a stout. The beer is very dark - as near black as damn it. The taste is sheer roastiness, some smokiness and some chocolate. A pleasure to drink. If I were tasting this blind I would have said Imperial Stout and a higher ABV as the flavours are so good. Score 4.0
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Average becomes 3.9
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful appearance, dark, with large initial head. Sweet and smokey, with chocolate and fruit to boot. I couldn’t believe this is nearly as good as the Sammy Smiths Oatmeal Stout.
motelpogo (7244) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
classy stuff. mudcake aroma. not a massive amount of flavour but it’s all good - splice ice cream, molasses, asphalt and chocolate crackles in the finish. mellow and tasty
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite dark but clear, reasonable head retention (head was rather brown-yellow). Aromas of licorice, roastiness, malt like a caramel milkshake, chocolate and currants. Great fresh malt flavour (esp. considering the journey), quite a strong charcoal roast flavour and light bitterness but it’s all balanced very well. Quite creamy body, moreso than their Oatmeal Stout in my book. Good - my favourite of this brewery’s range so far.
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A tart finsih with the best of smokey flavor you would expect from a porter. Maybe slightly overcarbonated but still a very good effort!