Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very devious, bottling your oatmeal stout under a different name, Sammy! Everything about this beer can be found in my review of the oatmeal stout. Sweet, malty, and roasty sums it up. Yet, strangely, why did I know exactly what this would taste like before I poured the bottle? Seems this way with all Samuel Smith products...
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2004 A good beer that is very filling. It has the Chocolate-walnut taste. A bit biter but not unbearably so. I think it is a lot like two brothers stout. In saying that I think its really good. I cannot discern the major difference between porter and stout. Woodsy feel and not for the timid. Oatmeal is still this companies best, this needs a more creammy mouth feel.
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark brown, nearly black beer of course, with a lovely lasting brown head that leaves remarkable lacing. The aroma is roasty malty and a bit sour. The taste follow suit with a roasted maltiness that evolves very widely towards something dry and hoppy and finally a lasting bitter finish. This is a great benchmark for the porter style I think.
egajdzis (5458) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Roasted aroma with a smooth chocolate, coffee, roasty flavor.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich brown-black color with a tan head that left a bit of lacing. Smell is dark roasted malts; taste is malt, caramel and coffee with a tiny touch of liqorice. Very smooth, very good. The first porter ( as I opposed to a stout ) I've really enjoyed.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This porter is of a similar style to Guinness or Murphy's, but is better tasting without being bitter. It has a full taste, malty & chocolatey, which fills your mouth and makes it happy. My favourite porter thus far.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty choco goodness. Has that distinctive Sam Smith subtle tangy malty sweetness. Silky texture with mild carbonation. Best porter I've experienced to date.
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost completly opaque. Full strong flavor. Malty, chocolate. Samuel Smith hasn't let me down yet.
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is a wonder to behold and rates high for both its appearance and its taste. It appears in the glass with a rich, nearly impenetrable dark brown body, and a huge foamy tan head. Unfortunately, there was little head lacing as I finished off the full 550 ML. The aroma is subtle and, not surprisingly, malty, a tad smoky and somewhat coffee-like. The palate is initially gently sweet with overtones of raisins and plum in the roasted barley base. My initial perception was that the beer’s body and texture is somewhat thin. But that judgment quickly changed as it spread over the palate as a creamy, and then pleasingly dry and warming nectar. Carbonation is just right.
maxwellplum (54) - USA - JUN 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark color, nice head, plenty of caramel, another good one for Sam Smith.