tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Nice coffee and baking chocolate arome. Pours pitch black with a medium, lasting beige head. Tastes of coffee with roasted flavors. Rich and bittersweet. Decent hop presence; somewhat dry. Very good.
DuffManOhYeah (133) - USA - MAR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth with a nice beginning. Tastes almost like Newcastle, but much more bitter. The finish and aftertaste are both strong, but that is a good thing because the aftertaste is great. I highly recommend it.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled: dar blach-brown hue. tan head. dark roasted malt aromas full bodied palate, dried fruit accents with hard malty finish. some sweetness evident as well. not as good as the more full flavor of fullers
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
compared versus Fullers, and without question, Fullers was better. Sam's was lighter, fizzy, and not as heavy as a porter should be. Taste was a bit off...perhaps this bottle had soured.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very thick and substantial tan head on a dark body with a reddish glow. Not the heaviest aroma, some roasted malt, fruit and yeast. Flavor is fruity with a slight lemon sourness. Malt, bitter chocolate and Samuel Smiths characteristic yeast. Quite carbonated but still a smooth mouthful. Not as flavorful as Samuel Smiths stouts but still a great and easy drinkable beer!
shearmadness (2) - Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Carmel aroma. Very thick creamy head. This beer is smooth with roasted coffee\nutty flavors. The finish is very smooth.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium/Strong alcohol nose. Poured beautifully, with heavy carbonation for a porter. This on is on the dry/roasted/nutty side, but still manages to maintain its smoothness. This is a "portlier" porter. The dry finish is lacking a little.
jde123 (768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A decent enough porter. Great color looked like coffee very nice. Smelled great, but Perhaps a bit too carbonated for my taste.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown in color. Terrific smell of roasted barley, smoke, and yeast. The flavor does not disappoint. Smokey, slightly dry aftertaste leaves you wanting more.
jtw (1148) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
the nose is mostly dark chocolate and licorice, great opaque black color with a medium frothy head. creamy roasty body with a bit of balanced bitterness. very smooth, but the finish is a little too dry and thin. overall, good porter!