pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark body, with an inch head that slowly dissipates. Modest lacing. Subtle and mild flavor, good roasted barley presence.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
More and more Iím really liking porters and have been trying to get as many as possible. Not the best porter Iíve had but pretty close
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Do not drink this beer when itís cold, you will really miss out on lots of flavor and aroma. Pours dark brown/black in color with a small, light brown head. The head quickly diminishes to a tiny ring around the outside of the glass that will stick with you till the end. Aroma: Lots of dark roasted barley, burnt chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, wine, dark fruit, caramel, and just a touch of hops. The flavor has a lot to live up to, and it struggles to do it. There is a nice smokey/mocha/roasted malt taste here, a tiny amount of coffee that fits in just right, a hint of hops give it some spice and tartness, and the carbonation is just about right. However, it really just seems a bit watery and lacking something that I canít put my finger on. This beer has a lot going for it, and is definitely worth your time even though I doubt it will make your top 10.
hopnpop (73) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really improves as it warms up and becomes incredibly complex. Just enough coffee and chocolate overtones to satisfy. Perhaps a little sweet and medicinal, but otherwise near perfect.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like grapes, wine, coffee, and chocolate. Pours dark brown with mocha head. Tastes smokey, mocha, and is light bodied, maybe even watery. I am not getting much from this. It is drinkable and smooth though. There is a strange taste though from start to finish that sticks in my mouth. I donít think this is as good as people rated it, maybe I got a bad bottle, because I tried this once before when I wasnít rating it and it was much better.
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 (11047) - 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 (3051) - 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.