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RATINGS: 1344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
A hearty ebony colored ale that starts with a rich malty palate finished with clean hops and notes of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Beautiful solid black in color with a 1/2", frothy, tan head. Really a beauty to behold. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, cocoa butter and bitter. Flavor is dry oats and dark chocolate overridden by deep roasted coffee. Not pulling any surprises but pulls everything together oh so well. Creamy at first, then transitions to a waxy resonance on the palate. Heavy hopping leads strongly to bitterness, but heaps of roasted and chocolate malts help to balance it. Bitter chocolate carries over to the finish, and then the beer just slips away, thinly diffusing. Solid. Thanks tpkenned!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 Bottle, both Aug. and Oct. are marked. August has a bigger snip so let’s pretent it’s from that mont. A huge head on this guy, but I did pour it kind of fast. Earthy, malty aroma: raisins, potting soil, cigar wrappers, and a touch of sour, the mixer stuff. The flavor has the same dry earthy notes but with dark fruity malt under it and coffee on top. Target-y hops are in the finish, but they take a far backseat to the earthy malt. Full-bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation; fits the beer very well. If I had this stuff at a festival I bet it’d score in the low 3’s. This really is a sipping/savoring beer, the chocolatey / earthy malts linger on the palate making for a small malt nirvana.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pours dark dark brown with a big rich creamy chocolate brown lacy head. Smells of big malt and milk chocolate. Taste is very smoky. Strong coffee flavors with biter chocolate lurking beneath the surface. Dry bitter finish. Big bodied witha strong bitter aftertaste. Lots of big flavors in this brew but it is really smooth and extremely drinkable. This is my kind of beer. Could put down a six of this without thinking about it. Chocolate silk.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
12 oz bottle with a bottled date of March 04. This poured out with a black body and a large light brown head that I had to quickly sip before it went overboard. Roasted malts and coffee were strong in the aroma with a good bit of bittersweet dark chocolate present as well. Overall the smell was pretty darn strong and good. The taste followed suite with strong coffee and roasted flavors stirring about and a nice chocolate staying in the background. The after taste was a lingering roasted one. About medium in body with a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. Very drinkable porter overall that goes down very easy and is flavorful enough to keep from getting boring. A great one for any one to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2005
Bottled. Black color with a beige head. The taste is sweet with light coffee flavors. Hops dominate the palate with a slight dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
a bottle from RichlikeBeer. dark brown with a quickly fading tan head. a medium bodied porter with a bittersweet chocolate flavor. on the finish, the hops are mild and there is a hint of a coffee flavor. there seems to be an underlying acidic taste that just doesn’t sit right on my palate. not bad by any means, just not right for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (24402) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2005
Bottled. Black colour with a beige head. Extremely complex aroma of coffee, grass, hops and chocolate. Flavour of chocolate, coffee and grass. Thanks Ivan for sharing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 4, 2005
This beer poured a beautiful ebony in the glass and you did not have to put your nose to the glass to smell the roasted coffeee and dark cocoa. A small, but thick tan head, that quickly dissapates to a dirty ring that clings to the glass all the way down. The beer has a medium texture with a taste transition from sweet to hoppy and bitter. Somewhat syrupy on the palate, with a hoppy bitter finish. One great Porter and triumph from Smuttynose.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2005
Dark brown body with a dense light brown head. Very nice aroma with roasted malts, coffee notes and a nice sweet touch. Roasted malty flavor, but really not that complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2005
Bottle. Black colour with a medium baige head. Roasted coffee chocolat aroma and a soft roasted malty hoppy coffee taste. Medium body and a roasted dry finish.

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