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 haven’t had good luck with Sam Smith’s beers (all of the ones i’ve 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.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Dark brown with a good sized tan lasting head. Malty with a strong roasted barley and coffee flavor. This moght be too strong for a porter. Good mouth feel. A good effort.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
May have been a little skunky...I’m pretty sure it had been sitting in the light for awhile. Other than that, it pours, smells, drinks, and feels good. Will drink and enjoy again. Yummy!
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown beer with a large tan head. Choclate aroma with a bit of coffee. a great beer.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice appearing beer pouring dark brown with a big fluffy dark tan head that exhibits excellent retention. Aroma is nice with chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Initial flavor is initially malty sweet though moderately so and the finish is strong coffee. Seemed a bit on the thin side, but this maybe consistent with the style. Good beer.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Poured very dark, plum, raisin, chocolate cake aroma, nice cocoay first taste, soft, coffeish backtaste, a little to energized as all S. Smith brews seem to beno heavy alcohol taste common in many porters, an outstanding brew
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another very dark one. Tan colored head. Coffee and dark roasted malt aroma. A bit astringent aftertaste. Overall, a very decent brew.