GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque with a dense milk chocolate head. It is not particularly thick or heavy, but rather dry and refreshing. Its malted body is roasted nicely, nutty in flavor and smooooth. As far as Porters go, I really couldn’t ask for more… except for maybe a Fullers.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A strong, dark porter that is satisfying and perhaps too heavy for its taste (which was very earthy and oaky). Not as good as the Oatmeal Stout but another decent beer by Samuel Smith.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the world’s best porters, along with Fuller’s and Anchor. It is very smooth and has the trademark Sam Smith taste of butter.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poars great. Looks perfect, very dark with a light head, typical Sam Smith aroma. And then the taste bland. What a let down, not a bad beer but not up to par for Samuel Smith.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby-black color, nice creamy head,rich roasted malt flavor.
ClarkVV (3761) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2006 I get the feeling Sam Smiths beers dont always travel well. some bottles i get arent amazing, have problems with sourness and carbonation. but then, some of the bottles i get, leave me wanting nothing more out of a beer. id imagine back in the day on tap this beer couldnt have been beat. If you get it right around 56-58 degrees, it is unbelievable. smooth, velvety roast taste. even chocolate tones throughout. almost a rich dark fruit taste as well. one of the best porters ever made. . .in my humble opinion :) Aroma is of sweet alcoholic plums, some drier brown sugar, prunes, tad bit of dry roast. Appearance is a very dark purple-black, with some deep deep blood red tinges, BUT, no bottle conditioning and not opaque. I just cant give clear beers a 5 for appearance. . .
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Plums and grapes laid out on mint leaves…Pouring molasses in your coffee…Licorice sticks and grilled malt…
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 7, 2002
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
All the Sam Smiths beers used to be MUCH better when the Samuel Smith brewery was independent and you could find Sam Smith pubs throughout London. The new brews from Tadcaster just are not the same: they are pale imitations of the original.
jsradcliffe99 (6) - USA - JUL 4, 2002 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A dark beer with a heavy impression, in fact, it is not heavy at all. It has a light taste with a dry follow thru. The first Sam Smith that I haven’t been to impressed with.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful dark brown with ruby edges. Has the nose of a quality dry sherry. This is one example of the commercial description being very accurate, dry and tangy with the roasted character being the prominent flavor. I disagree with the ’fairly full’, I’d like it a bit thicker.