DrunkCaleb (69) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown body, good head retension, thick mouthfeel with plenty of roasted flavor. A good porter, although not a favorite.
hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
good beer with a light tan head that is small. dark almost opaque in color with a malty start and coffee aftertaste. it has a medium body all in all a good beer.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite smokey in smell but didn’t come out as much in the taste. Great dark color. Commercial description pretty dead on.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-rate 04/12/02: An ultra deep purplish garnet to almost brown color on the pour, with a stupendous in size head that is the consistency of marshmallows, the lace in hulking thick sheets that cling to the glass like glue. Nose is malt, sweet, hints of caramel and yeast, and quite a pleasant quaff. Front sweet, the top skimpy, the finish has a boisterous hop presence, the carbonation demonstrative, with a droughty somewhat bitter aftertaste, that lingers on. Among my porters, a favorite of the favorites, and I should say I keep a plethora of Samuel Smith Beers on hand, can’t be a bad day if you’ve had a “Sammy Smith’s”. Ranks #135 on my current 1000 beer master list.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 The aroma was that of a typical porter...very roasty, coffee and nut smells. The taste was not surprising or exceptional, but just that that you would expect from a good dark porter. The fact that it was only 5% ABV was dissappointing and was apparent as we downed one after another. It leaves a happy palate however and is a smooth drink.
RE-RATE.... this pours a brownish fairly black color with a big tanned head and huge lacing. The aroma is nutty with big malts, nuts, cocoa, coffee, molasses, vanilla, and dry twigs. The flavor is prickly with active carbonation and is all over the place with cocoa, tangy dry leaves...acetic but absolutely delicious. Chocolate and hints of vanilla...drying but not cloying. A hint of cardboard in the finish as it warms, but the aceticness takes care of the rest. Thank god for re-rates... i must’ve been stoned when i rated this 3 years ago.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mine was a little skunked (Hint: put it in brown bottles. DUH). I would describe this as a light porter. Nutty and banana-tasting. Lacks the bitter finish that I’ve come to expect in a porter. Overall very good, but not worth the expenditure required. Not as good as some of Samuel Smith’s other beers--this beer is too thin for the style. Try Boulevard’s Bully! Porter for a better (and cheaper) beer.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Bottled. Going on pitch black in colour with a loose, cream coloured head. The aroma is very ’roasty’ Dry, with a sweet flavour of roasted malt and slightly coffee-like. My last bottled of Samuel Smith’s.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good, but too watery. Subtle chocolate flavors, nice aromas. Too thin.
Rib Eye (147) - USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 Scrumptious! A delightful mix of nutty and earthy flavors. Nicest light body of any porter I’ve had with plenty of delicious malts.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2003 (8/14/03): Ruby dark brown with big creamy tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, nutty, light roasty, plum. Taste is medium sweet, light roasty, malty, wine-ish. Medium watery body. (11/12/02): Dark brown, with a light brown medium foam. Chocolate-coffee aroma, makes it seem almost like a kid's drink. Very pleasant taste, the malts dominant, with a smidgen of bitterness mixed in. Oddly enough, I couldn't detect any aftertaste. Fairly light-bodied. (7/3/6/4/13)