ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
sweet, winey, fruity aroma; slightly smokey, sweet ín sour mocha flavor, slightly bitter finish, not much hop flavor; lighter bodied and quite drinkable and tastey.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Inconsistant! I bought a 4-Pack of this about a month ago and had one left for a review. Some strong recommendations about this one before the purchase as well...unfortunately it certainly did not live up to its expectations.
It poured a dark muddy brown near black with hints of cherry shining through. Modest sized head with lacing that fell apart and fell back into the liquid.
The nose was confused. Loads of bitter chocolate, coffee, hops, caramel, fruits but it didnít blend well together at all.
The flavor was full of burnt grains which I am usually quite fond of but not in this one. Black licorice, mocha, and a poor hop bite were also apparent. Every bottle seemed to be a little different.
Perhaps my entire 4 Pack was tainted from the use of clear bottles? I was confused cause this beer has such a good rating from other users and I simply just do not get it. I am going to make a point of finding this beer on tap when I am in England this summer and re-reviewing it.
Sammy (10681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Molasses, bit of fig, smooth creamy roast and chocolate bitter but smooth aftertaste. Lingering roast and vanilla aroma and taste of the powders. Some wood smokiness
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 (18.7 oz bottle) Yet another outstanding effort from Samuel Smith; The hugely aromatic and distinctive nose on this beer is out of this world, with aromas of lightly roasted malts, sweet butterscotch, and something similar to lightly sour oats and yeast; Lightly sweet, roasted coffee, fruity like not-quite-ripe cherries, with a fairly prevalent sourness that you don't really notice right away; The sweet maltiness fades away as the dry finish is fairly bitter with some smoke; Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel; Nearly black in color, but dark brown and transluscent at the edges; Tan head pours very large, slowly settling to a fairly thick final layer, leaving some lacing behind, but less than expected of such a large, creamy head
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Great nose on this beer, with a hint of molasses in the mix. Has a somewhat dry character to it, very malty, with hints of toffee and butterscotch in the mix. One of the best beers Iíve had in awhile.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew pours black as night with a monstrous dense brown head on top. Aroma is a bit weak- subtle roasted malt. Flavor is great- sweet, chocolate, burnt, rich, smoke and maple. The best part is the body. Very smooth and creamy, coats the mouth nicely with a bit of bitterness. No aftertaste.
RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, this is certainly the best Sammy Smith product Iíve tried. Pours dark with a light brown head. Fantastic aroma at work here...chocolate, coffee, malts, and fruits. Taste is substantial. Starts malty and ends with a chocolate/coffee twang. Still has that greasy feel that all Sammy Smith products do, though.
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good porter.Has Chocolate,coffee,and some cherry flavor in there too.Good mouthfeel,and it just loooks so great in the glass.mmmmmmmm goooood!
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Dark brown color with a light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee with hints of fruit, butterscotch and toffee. Good roasty flavor with an apparent hop presence early on in the flavor. The hops then give way to a roasted coffee flavor with a smooth and slightly bitter finish. Very nice bite at the end.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tan, creamy head. Pitch black. Intenslely aromatic: rich, roasted coffee, butterscotch, toffee. Great hop presence. but light on the palate. Smooth, well-rounded, a porter full of character, that will remain on the top of my list until the end of time. Absolutely perfect. Light enough in alcohol to stand in as a session beer (but too expensive to actually work that way), and with plenty of body and bite.