Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee, smoke, espresso, and gas in the aroma. Heavy coffee with cream, caramel, and mettalic.
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 19, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a deep chocolate brown, with a faint, tan colored head. Aromas are subdued. Malts, coffee & chocolate come thru somewhat. Flavors are of too much coffee, way too much chocolate malt too. Medium mouthfeel. Needs work, & needs to be better balanced.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured a dark brown (almost black) with a very good tan head. Good lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma was roasted malts and dark fruit (dates or raisins). Flavor was a very good roasted malt and coffee flavor with a bit of a hop finish.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with Lou18 - Thanks Lou! - Pours black with a nice big creamy tan head that stays well and laces the sides of the glass in patterns. Aroma is roasted malt, big coffee, and some nice milk chocolate as well. Flavor is nice and roasty as well. Definitely some smoke in this one. Coffee, lots of coffee, and some sweet milk chocolate shows through in the middle then gives way to the coffee flavor again and a slight bitter dry finish. Creamy and mouthcoating on the palate and very smooth to drink. Very well done.. Just my style of porter..
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fantastic milieu of colors in the head, a sheen of rich coffee w/ a dark black hued body. Taste is of a prevalent roasted malt barley w/ some sweetness & obvious coffee. Solid medium body, enjoayble on the palate, smooth w/ a touch of crisp btterness on the finish.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
02.05.06 12oz bottle. Not only have I missed rating this until now, I’m pretty sure I’ve never even tasted it before this six pack. I wish I had. Pours nearly black with glowing ruby highlights, hefty and rich looking, and with a thick and lasting brown head. Lovely hoppy aroma is floral and resinous over top of deep and rich chocolate and (mostly) coffe malts. As the beer warms, the coffee becomes the major player, pungent yet pleasant. A smoky, grilled meat flavor emerges, sweet and caramelized, which compliments the persistent resinous hops. I only wish it had a drier feel. Finishes long with lingering roastiness and smoke, coffee, and sticky bitterness. Excellent.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quickly diminishing brown-orange head that is of medium body before diminishing. Very dark body, black as far as can be determined, slightly too dark in my opinion for a porter but better than most others. Heavy coffee tastes combined with a very sweet malt make for an interesting effect on the balate. Bitter sweet like dark chocolate in the ending. Very enjoyable.
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
a very dark robust porter. has a richness that’s somewhere between chocolate and coffee hinted. very slight head when poured. lovely beer I don’t have regular access to.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smuttynose Robust Porter pours to a deep, deep brown to black color with a creamy tan head that fades and a moderate to soft amount of carbonation. The nose is packed with lots of big citric hop aromas paired with lots of roasty and dark chocolate malt aroma. The palate is firm, with a big body of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, and some burnt currant fruitiness that coats the tongue. Smuttynose Robust Porter finishes with more chocolate and roast up front, then ends with a burst of piney/citric hop bitterness.
This is a very impressive beer with intense flavors, and lives up to the name robust. I love this beer, and this beer style, you really get lots of big flavors, and you can really work on this beer.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like a porter and looks like a porter. Tasts like a porter, except with a sour aftertaste. That doesn’t make me happy at all.