IndianaRed (3483) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bit fuity of an aroma for a porter. Definite grape componant. Even when poured carefully, a persistant dk tan head makes itself known. Very dark. Fist impression is buttery, smooth, and woody/smokey like I think Porters should be. A bit more fizz than I am uesd to for the genre, fuitiness is not here anymore and a bit more bitter trailing aftertaste. Soft and smooth going down. I definately wont mind finishing this 19ouncer.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just what Iím looking for in a porter. Deep brown in color with a khaki head. Nice nuttiness on the nose and in the taste, along with a kick of liquor. Very smooth on the palate, and warm going down. In the middle of summer is not the best time to drink this one, but what the hell, itís still a great beer.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a great beer. very full body, with a dizzying intense taste that makes you feel drunk after the first sip. wonderful palate, great look.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Lots of chocolate in the nose. Black colour, with red hints. Poured rather creamy, very stout like. Flavour is more chocolate with appropriate roasted bitterness. Is this ever smooth going down - it is like a nitro, only there is lots of flavour! I had the imperial stout the night before, and this doesnít compare, but on its own this is a really nice beer. But I still think this is an obvious stout.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - very nice roasty aroma with just a hint of smoke. Deep, dark body with a somewhere more stout-like head. Itís a bit darker than most porters and tightly bubbled. Flavor also has a bit of smoke. I get more smoke than roast. Nice mouthfeel and a very nice beer!
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
roasted coffee nose, nutty flavor, dry roasted chocolate, not too sweet, and a little thin, nothing too special
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I took a chance since I havenít had good luck with Sam Smithís beers (all of the ones iíve had have been skunky). Nice smooth roasted aroma over a dark dark beer. Pleasant barley flavor, but the mouthfeel is weak or watered or thin.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2005 This beer looks better then it tastes. The tan head and deep dark body are as inviting as ever, but the initial taste was flat. There were notes of fruit among the chocolate, and a bitter bite at the end.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Roasted malt abounds - chocolate and liqourice. Carbonation masks insipid body, dull and lifeless.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black in color with a tan head. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt. Nice malty forward taste, with a bitter chocolate finish. Slight hints of dried fruit in the background as well.