IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, brown head. Thick-looking pour but not as thick as it seems. Roasty, malty and chocolaty aroma and flavor. Bitter finish. A very good porter on all fronts.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black...Nice strong roasted aroma. First sip you get a bitter coffee chocolate mocha taste. The bitterness wears off as you drink and turns almost sweeter. To me it is a little watered down, could be a little thicker. Overall not bad at all
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black brew, thick in appearance, but not on the palate. Thin tan head, with decent lacing. Aroma is that of roasted grains, with hints of alcohol. I taste bittersweet chocolate, maybe some coffee in the background. It finishes with a nice bitterness, that is clean and refreshing. I like this brewery, at least from my experience with the Brown Ale and this Porter.
DYCSoccer17 (3155) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark opaque black with a dark tan head that's about 1-2 cm. There is moderate lacing. Aroma is typical of a porter. Start is a little bitter and maybe a tad watery, but it ends with the typical roasted coffee flavor. This is a very good porter, and after just drinking Fuller's London, this is not much of a step down at all. A solid brew. From my experience so far, the Smuttynose guys have this stuff figured out.
fishonmyplane (276) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Very dark; almost pitch black, with a very small tan head. Nice malty aroma. The flavor is very complex. There’s some coffee and chocolate in there, along with an almost candylike sweetness. There’s also a nice hop finish to it-more bitterness than I expected. A very good porter.
chronictonic (462) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - think and dark. Very creamy. Dark malt and chocolate flavors. Excellent hop finish to cleanse the palate.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, dark brown black with tan head. Aroma of malt with plenty of hops, spice, and I caught a whiff of cigarette smoke (?). Nice roasted malt, dark chocolate, medium to full body. Dark bitter finish, with some coffee and chocolate hanging around. A solid and delicious porter that might comments cannot do justice to. Whatcha think, August, a good time to get into porters? Do I need to be warmed up any more than I already am? Great beer.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, almost black, and almost opaque like a porter or stout should be. Taste of bitter chocolate and coffee, more complexity than I expect from a porter, but I would have preferred more dark malt taste. Good hoppy finish.
jgb9348 (4278) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark dark brown colour with a nice light brown head. Roasted malt smell with a slight aroma of grapes. Flat taste, even with noticable head. Bittering tastes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The aftertaste is very bittering and a bit hoppy. A good porter, but I don't think it ranks up there with the best. I bought this 12 ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.
1more4dessert (315) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very deep garnet-red ochre color. Beautiful balance, complex and crisp, dry, hoppy finish