Fightfire4beer (132) - Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. ark, dark brown with a thin off white head. Chocolate malt smell. coffee and vinegar taste. bitter at the end. Not my favorite style of beer but I can appreciate the complex effect on all my senses.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, one of the best selections I’ve tried from smuttynose. Recommended from my man at Colonial Spirits in Acton. Lets get to the beer. This beer pours a magnificent dark chocolate brown, and leaves a very thin tan lace that continues with the beer as you drink it. The smell is chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark fruit, and a piney leafy essence. As this beer hits the palate it hits you with a kick of espresso hopped chocolate bitterness and finishes with a smooth caramel fruit blast. This is one the best and most complex beers I’ve had from Smuttynose it is great and def recommended.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 When I first rated this beer, I felt that the hop bitterness overcompensated for the malt sweetness/body. I know my palate has changed, and maybe the beer has as well, but I can’t find fault with this beer as it currently stands. If I were to be executed, my last meal would be an appetizer of raw oysters, an entree of spicy hickory barbecued ribs, and dessert of some kind of dark chocolate. Each course would be served with this beer, or something damn similar!
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a large tan head on a dark brown body. Strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Coffee flavor with an intense licorice bitterness at the end. Good body.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 Bottle on 03/21/2011. Dark black body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet roast, chocolate and dry caramel aroma. Sweet roast, chocolate, coffee and dry caramel flavor with a firm bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. - 7/5/7/4/15 - 3.8
01/21/2006: Pours a thick dark black color with a large creamy brown head that lasts a while. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Rich coffee flavor with chocolate and nutty tones. 7/5/8/3/16 - 3.9
Lubiere (12384) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark black porter with a thin moka head. Sweet chocoalte malts and light hops in aroma. Sharp crisp chocolate malts with coffee notes, roasted and pleasant. Rich nuts and nice hops in finale. Rich and sharp. On tap at Clark’s Ale House, Summer 2005.
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great! I’ve heard some have had bad bottles of this. I’ve never had a bad one, so it remains a top of the line porter for me.
mkgrenwel (604) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks beautiful in the glass with a big brown head and rich brown body. Tastes like peanut butter and malt. Creamy texture. A bit sweet, but not too much. Nice dry roasty bitterness in the finish. A slight touch of alcohol. Really nice beer for the fall or winter. Just feels goo to drink.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours black with a soft tan head. Aroma is roasted, malty, spicy. Taste is roasted dark malts and coffee
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark black pour, large dark tan frothy head.
Lactic cocoa and pine
Earthy sweet coffee taste.
Very good qualities, though, a lot of the forefront had a piney quality that didn’t seem to fit.