hopscotch (8544) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks!
Pours very dark and thick. Small, creamy, well-tanned head. Not completely diminishing. Decent lacing. Only when held up to very brightl light can one see the lovely, clear ruby hue.
The nose is full of milk chocolate and coffee, vanilla, toasted cashews and allspice. Burnt flowers as well. Very nice!
The flavor is of espresso and bittersweet dark chocolate up front. Moderately bitter on the backside with hints of buttermilk and warm alcohol.
Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Medium-length, dry, bitter finish with a hint of capuccino and freshly mown grass at the conclusion. A very hearty, well-hopped porter! World Class!
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great porter. Very rich malty body. Taste is sweet - chocolate - with a dry finish.
DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is roasty liquorice, alcohol. Like a tropical stout, but a bit dryer. Colour's alright ... great mouthfeel, wafts about the nose. Very sweet. I have an old bottle (December) but still quite good. Reminds me very much of a tropical stout.
raymow (780) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good porter. Looks great and tastes great. I'd definitely drink this again...and again...and again... Highly recommended.
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - APR 6, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I've had several porters so far, and this one was another excellent one. It's defining characteristic is it's abundance of hops flavor and roasted flavor, with the typical hints of coffee and chocolate. A winner!
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
this beer looks absolutely gorgeous in the glass, deep, dark amber-black with a light brown head. aroma is fantastic as well, roasted coffee and chocolate as well as something else i can't place, something sweet. perfectly hopped with a bitter finish. this is an intensely great beer and i applaud the brewers at smuttynose for putting this one together.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very dark beer in appearance. but it's wicked creamy and tasted so dam good. I say, "Yum!"
Balthazar (86) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little Hoppier than I would prefer,but not too bad. Nice malts - the smokiness was a little too burnt tasting for my taste. The beer is better than I make it sound - Robust indeed
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good heavens, this is excellent. Dry and bitter, this is nearly black, with ruby highlights. This has every dark ale flavor--fruit, bitterness, chocolate, espresso, toastiness, sweetness--put together wonderfully. Excellent hop aroma. Less hop flavor, and more bitterness, than Avery Porter. One of the best I've had.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nicely done. Dark brown with an antique white head. Fairly light bodied. Not thin, but light. Heavily roasted with a good hop bitterness within. Hints of chocolate, black coffee, and a touch of fruitiness. Wonderful stuff.