krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cream headed slab of onyx; reddish cuts along the edges glow like the coils in a space heater. i’d hardly hefted my glass when the fragrance met me halfway: like someone trying to kindle a pyre of black licorice with stick matches; plus notes of hemp or burlap rope, and a fresh pungence of some raw smell of a fruit stand: melon rinds or seeds. yep, a strange melange, but rather nice. smooth, and the sweetness is entwined with the bitterness for gentle balance. very tasty, but it’s true that it has a little superfluous margin of extra ’water’ there where some additional flavor should be.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good and somewhat dry porter. Associations of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate - maybe even cherry (or did Sam Adams Triple Bock mess up my taste buds?).
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge coffee/chocolate nose. Deep brown colour, hint of purple, cappuccino head. Medium coffee taste, roasted malts, with some liquorice and smokiness toward the finish. Smooth as can be. Typically fine Samuel Smith product!
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A solid porter, but maybe a touch thin. Hints of smokiness, perhaps. Very good, but not my favorite.
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 (3891) - 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. . .