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 I’ve 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.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The second porter i have had and i realized i dont care for them to much. This is way more toned down in its coffee and chocolate but still it doesnt appeal to me. i had a crazy daydream of having a rootbeer float but instead of rootbeer i was using this and it tasted good. then i snapped out of it and wish i had bought a different pint to try out.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is almost black, with a well formed light tan head. Smells like rich, dark maltiness. Ummm, tastes like roasted malt, with chocolate flavor, including a hint of coffee, finished with a light , smooth, bittersweetness.
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very dark brown/black colour with medium sized beige coloured head, no lacing. Malty, roasted aroma. Taste is chocolate and roast malts. Mouthfeel is pretty good, slightly carbonated. A very drinkable, well balanced porter.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Mostly a roasted coffee-ish aroma. Like Sam’s other brews, velvety smooth. Flavor lacks a bit in the hop bite of other porters, but maybe I’m just too accustomed to some of the hoppier US versions. Roasted and sweet flavor, medium body.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m rather surprised at the consistently good ratings this beer gets. To me it tastes like a watered down version of another brewery’s porter with little to distinguish itself from the rest of the lot. Dark color, but too transparent and the head doesn’t leave much lace on the glass. All the traditional roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and toasty flavors you find in a porter but scaled down a notch. I’m sitting here with a nice baltic porter and I can definitely say, Sam Smith’s doesn’t match up well.