Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque Dark brown to black body topped by a thick creamy light brown head with lots of lace. Sweet winelike aroma with a hint of coffee and alcohol. Slightly sweet strong malt flavor with raosted coffee and chocolate notes and a slight hoppiness. Full bodied, slightly dry and warming.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2003
1.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2003 Light and fluffy with a strange, but overwhelming fish nose. Roasty. Pasteurized. Too much fish in the aroma of this beer.
Crit (3334) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown with huge, lasting tan head.Carmel malt nose. Flavor starts with sweet carmel malt and ends with a lingering dose of hops. A bit on the thin side
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite a pleasing drink, even more so than discovering buried gold in your dead grandmother""s forehead. Dare i say this is top notch. the hops to me werent too terribly noticable. However this soft molasses blanket was, as it wrapped around these smokey bursts that explode on your tongue. Excellent with a side of cow.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great Porter! Dark purple black in color, big head taht leaves like its late for work. Sour malty aroma. Flavor is sweet and sour malt/molasses. Finish is bitter and sweetness leaves. A top notch porter if that is your style.
crazyvin (1929) - New York, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
this porter was very balanced between its sweet taste and hops taste. Nothing distinctive, but still very enjoyable
nlanza (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I havenít had a bad beer yet from Sam Smithís, but this is the closest Iíve come. Nice pretty dark pour, decent taste, but somethingís wrong here that I canít quite figure out -- every time I drink one I feel like I *should* like this beer a lot more than I actually do.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a ruby heart. Tan head that is very frothy.Medium/thin body with some deceent roasted flavor and a little sweetness.A good but not great porter.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was nice porter, but not the best. Pours dark brown with a touch of red. The head is persistant and thin. The aroma is slightly roasted and slightly sweet. The flavor is similar, but also has resemblences of an oatmeal stout. I always want to describe that as oily, but Iím not sure if thatís totally right. Itís pretty good, but not the best. The Imperial and Oatmeal stouts are so much better.
Choke (96) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20