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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Heavy sweet roasted aroma hovers above the richly opaque body coated in a thick tan head. Body is sweet with lots of dark malts and as the name says, is very robust. Very smooth and flavorful with a sticky chocolatey finish. One of the best porters I've had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Bottle: Roasty, chocolate nose and flavor. Big. Very stout-like and a very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2003
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (446) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 27, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Bottle - think and dark. Very creamy. Dark malt and chocolate flavors. Excellent hop finish to cleanse the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2003
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.

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