Dorwart (2370) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent brown head with dissipates into soe very nice lacing. Aroma of predominently roasted coffee with a bit of dark chocolate. Color is basically black with some black cherry red around the edges. Flavor is smooth with more coffee and malts. Finish is smooth and a little bitter (nice) from the hops and leaves a lingering bittersweet chocolate and coffe taste. A good porter and as with all porters, not a beer for the feint of heart.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin but foamy head. Taste is malty and chocolaty with hints of coffee. Mild bitter finish. Nice.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown/black, nearly opaque. Roasty nose with coffee, licorice, motor oil. Super blast of flavor--licorice and chocolate, medium sweet, with a good bitter hop kick at the end. Like a liquified rich chocolate torte.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown, almost black, decent head and lace. Nose of seared, roasted barley, coffee, hints of chocolate and more. Medium bodied, lots of black malt character, somewhat burnt flavors, coffee bitterness, an underlying sweetness to balance things out. Dryish finish to round out a very good porter, wish I had taken better notes. Will try again for sure.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 bottle-RBSG-6/28/03. Definately one of the suprises of the night. This porter is one of the best around! Roasted, peat and choclolate aroma. Very black/dark for a porter-just a hint off of stout-like. palate was full of roasted notes(malt), some chocolate and a good hop bite on the finish. maybe Volgon can hook me up with some more of this :)
ReRate-bottle-Its been a long week and I havent had a beer in about a week. I have been stressed with finals. I decided to crack this one open from my secret santa box. Like in the previous rating, it pours very dark for a poerter-about 92% black i would say. Tan head that leaves a rim around the glass. Its more viscus than many of the ilk. Big chocolate aroma followed with hits of burnt char, earthy tones, chocolate chip cookies, and dark malt husks-wonderful! This beer has a great mouthfeal. the finish is long with lots of char, chocolate and those malt husks. This is one under-rated porter. As the beer warmed, the aroma became even better, showing maple surup and a slight butterscotch note (and it wasnt diacytl) it has awesome balance and is a big beer for its style and abv. I need more smuttynose beers!
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow is this beer black! Smokey vanilla nose with hints of gourmet coffee and chocolate drink powder. Bitter chocolate at first sip, incredible body carries waves of flavor. As it dries at the end a wonderful hoppy flavor, an almost IPA like grapefruitty hoppiness, comes through. Awesome porter with one of the sharpest labels I've seen in a long time.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This brew pours a small head of large brown bubbles and an opaque black body. It has a mild malt coffee aroma. Initially it is smooth and mild but comes through in the end with a tingly coffee flavored mouthfeel.
Panzuriel (1295) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice thick dark brown liquid that is opaque. Good rich roasted aroma with hints of happiness. Rich coffee taste with nice bitters and smooth full mouthfeel. Lovely finish. A wonderful beer.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff is primo, absolutley great. Thick heady aroma of chocolate, coffee and blackberries. Liqueur coffee taste comes in thick and strong surrounded by more roasty flavours, magnificently balanced bitterness and a superb body for something of such modest abv.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good pour, comes out thick like used motor oil. Looks similar too, until hit by light and then you can see reddish/copper hues. Smells of chocolate, coffee, slight hops and faint sweet spices tickle the inside of my nose. The creamy bone white head is appealing, though it dissipates rather quickly. First sip is a pointed attack of the hops on the tip of my tongue. I can then feel the limited bubbles wash over and off of my tongue and leave behind chocolate, toffee and coffee flavors. The aftertaste is dominated by espresso and chocolate, however smoky oak and toasted coconut make their presence known. The aftertaste lingers on until you lift your glass again, seemingly no matter how long you take; this is pleasurable. All in all, the Smuttynose is one of my favourite porters. I will definitely purchase it again.