pivo (2621) - GERMANY - NOV 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chocolately nose with a hint of sour milk. Dark black color and big foamy tan head. Atringentness in the flavor profile. also toasted malt and a little butter. Bitter espresso finish. Med-full body, cream mouth and a decent balance of complex flavors.
YogiBeera (2533) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet malt, roasted coffee flavor. Wonderful black body with a nice medium hazelnut brown frothy head. Flavor like chocolate with 50 % cocao beans. Roasted malt. Numbs your tongue but has a watery finish. Nice though
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 pours almost black with huge tan head, nice roasted coffee taste
DrunkCaleb (69) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown body, good head retension, thick mouthfeel with plenty of roasted flavor. A good porter, although not a favorite.
hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
good beer with a light tan head that is small. dark almost opaque in color with a malty start and coffee aftertaste. it has a medium body all in all a good beer.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite smokey in smell but didn’t come out as much in the taste. Great dark color. Commercial description pretty dead on.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-rate 04/12/02: An ultra deep purplish garnet to almost brown color on the pour, with a stupendous in size head that is the consistency of marshmallows, the lace in hulking thick sheets that cling to the glass like glue. Nose is malt, sweet, hints of caramel and yeast, and quite a pleasant quaff. Front sweet, the top skimpy, the finish has a boisterous hop presence, the carbonation demonstrative, with a droughty somewhat bitter aftertaste, that lingers on. Among my porters, a favorite of the favorites, and I should say I keep a plethora of Samuel Smith Beers on hand, can’t be a bad day if you’ve had a “Sammy Smith’s”. Ranks #135 on my current 1000 beer master list.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 The aroma was that of a typical porter...very roasty, coffee and nut smells. The taste was not surprising or exceptional, but just that that you would expect from a good dark porter. The fact that it was only 5% ABV was dissappointing and was apparent as we downed one after another. It leaves a happy palate however and is a smooth drink.
RE-RATE.... this pours a brownish fairly black color with a big tanned head and huge lacing. The aroma is nutty with big malts, nuts, cocoa, coffee, molasses, vanilla, and dry twigs. The flavor is prickly with active carbonation and is all over the place with cocoa, tangy dry leaves...acetic but absolutely delicious. Chocolate and hints of vanilla...drying but not cloying. A hint of cardboard in the finish as it warms, but the aceticness takes care of the rest. Thank god for re-rates... i must’ve been stoned when i rated this 3 years ago.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mine was a little skunked (Hint: put it in brown bottles. DUH). I would describe this as a light porter. Nutty and banana-tasting. Lacks the bitter finish that I’ve come to expect in a porter. Overall very good, but not worth the expenditure required. Not as good as some of Samuel Smith’s other beers--this beer is too thin for the style. Try Boulevard’s Bully! Porter for a better (and cheaper) beer.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Bottled. Going on pitch black in colour with a loose, cream coloured head. The aroma is very ’roasty’ Dry, with a sweet flavour of roasted malt and slightly coffee-like. My last bottled of Samuel Smith’s.