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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
motelpogo (7173) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 3, 2004
bottle@brickskeller. they sure don´t have much of a tap selection there. anyway, pretty dark and full, quite a nutty coffee aroma. glad to have a dark american beer that has a bitter finish but isn´t ridiculously dry. lingering dark chocolate finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2004
Bottle@Spiesys. One of the beers i bought back from the US. Such a tasty porter, really smoky roasted malt flavour, bitter chocolate to finish, burnt, roasted, some espresso. Nice dry finish, well made, very tasty indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Well, this isn’t exactly the most robust-bodied porter, but it is flavorful. The oily, rather thin body pours chestnut brown, topped by a thin light tan head. Licorice, molasses, and plenty of roasted, burnt malt in the aroma. Chalky notes complement brown sugar and raisin as well. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt, molasses, a hint of vanilla, woodiness, and a surprisingly bitter hops aftertaste. A bit dry with a touch of soy. Good porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2004
Beer #12 at Spiesy’s. Deep reddish/black colour. This one screams out "coffee" at every turn. Chocolate too and very opulent and sumptuous in feel. Silk might be right in describing it as one-dimensional, but I like it. Perhaps I’m just a simple guy. The only let down was that, in common with a number of the other US beers we sampled, the flavour was nowhere near as intense as the aroma. But perhaps it might have got a bit overwhelming had the aromas carried through - a bit like gorging on rich Belgian chocolates. I thought it was more like a stout too. Bottled.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Another first tonight. First New Hampshire beer. Smuttynose Robust Porter is a very powerful beer with lots of chocolate and coffee flavorings. Very potent. Great beer!!! Dark volcanic glass liquid thats gets you attention and keeps it throughout the experience. Great beer courtesy of Ross.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5359) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2004
Bottle @ Spiesy’s gaff. I can’t remember who brought what, but a lot of the American stuff was supplied by Duff. This was a very decent round in which we got into some of the heavyweight darkies. Huge coffee aroma - soft, creamy yet very coffee. Decent, though it was more about impact than quality. Coffee again in the flavour - and little else. A touch of cream and a hint of vanilla. Another one-dimensional coffee stout - I had a bunch of these at the Reading Festival. They’re nice and I’ll drink this one again, but it really needs something extra to make one of these stand out. Moor’s Old Freddy Walker is one such exceptional beer I’ve had recently.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUN 24, 2004
Deep Garnet out of the bottle turning to pitch in the glass, Big oily mocha head leaving tons of lacing down the glass. Thick firm mouthfeel full of coffee and coco powder. Touches of anise, thick chocolat malts, and a little hoppyness. Long malty cold coffee beans with a touch of sweetness and slight herbal, earthy hops. Wow, just wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2004
Bottle pours black with dark brown hues, medium frothish tan colored head, with attractive lacing.   Heavy aroma of roasted malts and slight coffee.   Forwardly coffee like, faint taste of bittersweet chocolate, finishing with hop bitterness and roasted malts.   Slightly chalkish and dry on the finish.   Body and mouthfeel are a tad thin, at least I was wishing it would be meatier.   Otherwise, not bad.   Thanks goes out to ross8425 for the trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
Roasted malt and licorice in the aroma. Opaque dark brown, almost black, with line of tan head that lasts very nicely. Extremely roasty flavour with sweet malt base that never quite manage to connect. Roasty and chalky in the finish. Medium-full body but very dry. Bottle (sampled at Mondial 2004).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2004
black as night. Roast coffee aroma and taste, with cookie chocolate smoothness. Good balanced stout, between malt, carbonation, not too bitter

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