gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours deep brown with a caramel head that is thick and dense. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Coffee flavor is most prominent but also bittersweet chocolate, caramel and toffee. Good sweetness with excellent lacing. Smooth, creamy, thick and rich with excellent hop and malt balance. Very little alcohol bite. Great palate with bitter finish. Excellent beer, a must try.
phiconners (147) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick dark brown with a dark tan head. Bitter and smooth with a coffee undertone. A very nice and flavorful porter.
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly opaque with ruby highlights that produced a small frothy head and very good lacing. The aroma hints of smoke, caramel malts, hazelnut, floral and grassy hops, subdued mocha, plum, and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts with a heavy malt character and major tones of smoke, coffee, and toffee. Good bitter balance and nutty undertones followed by a fruity snap. Good mouthfeel, creamy and soft but still crisp around the edges of the palate. A fine porter indeed. Shows good complexity and depth. This beer is a must try.
sfontain (795) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My 50th rating: Pours a pretty thick, lasting, dark tan head. Virtually opaque black. (This beer's appearance is its best characteristic.) Sweet aroma, coffee and chocolate; some caramel. Flavor predominantly coffee, with some chocolate and vanilla. Feels pretty thick and rich but a bit on the sugary/syrupy side. Smuttynose has not disappointed me yet!
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent roasty porter. Very malty and roasty. Chocolate aroma. Very dark brown with a nice tan head. Flavor is big.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Very dark brown with a tan head. Need a strong light to see all the way through. Roasty aroma. Flavor is big and bold, with lots of hop bitterness and a nice roasty malt flavor. This beer was on the chewey side, robust, and satisfying.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black, dark brown head. Lots of burnt coffee grounds, dark bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of caramel in the nose. Rich flavors of earthy sumatra coffee, dark chocolate, citrus, vanilla, and a touch of wood. Medium to full bodied, nice biting finish. This is a very nice porter.
maeib (8611) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled - bought at Happy Deli NYC. Fantastic aroma of roasty coffee. Big black colour, however let down by a virtually non-existant head. The taste however is excellent. Full, roasty, long, stronger than its ABV. A very very good beer.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beautiful rich looking black beer. Caramel and vanilla and coffee and molasses combine to make a slightly-too-sweet beer that lingers a touch longer than you really need it to....but it's tasty enough to get away with it. Nice.
JorisPPattyn (7817) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black; dark brown head, gone in seconds. Nose of coffee, bit of tobacco-ash, hints of dark-blue fruit. Kahlúa or other coffee-liqueur?
Very tobbacy-o taste - this is remarkable. The palate is quite bitter, the taste isn't. It just seems to beg to have raisins in it, or to be drunk with a smoked sausage or a good Italian salami. I want to taste some hops, but they just don't emerge. Warming up, I do get the taste of bitter chocolate, filled with the raisins and rum. And, of course, tobacco. Very full-bodied, rich, without getting oppressive. Anyway you look at it, this is an impressive beer, the more as this isn't really my style. "Kudo's" as they say. BIG thanks to D. Anderson for supplying me this row of beers, that made up my last few days of rating.