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RATINGS: 1285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2004
Pours a thick dark brown with a dark tan head. Bitter and smooth with a coffee undertone. A very nice and flavorful porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6394) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2004
Nearly opaque with ruby highlights that produced a small frothy head and very good lacing. The aroma hints of smoke, caramel malts, hazelnut, floral and grassy hops, subdued mocha, plum, and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts with a heavy malt character and major tones of smoke, coffee, and toffee. Good bitter balance and nutty undertones followed by a fruity snap. Good mouthfeel, creamy and soft but still crisp around the edges of the palate. A fine porter indeed. Shows good complexity and depth. This beer is a must try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (834) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2004
My 50th rating: Pours a pretty thick, lasting, dark tan head. Virtually opaque black. (This beer's appearance is its best characteristic.) Sweet aroma, coffee and chocolate; some caramel. Flavor predominantly coffee, with some chocolate and vanilla. Feels pretty thick and rich but a bit on the sugary/syrupy side. Smuttynose has not disappointed me yet!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2004
Excellent roasty porter. Very malty and roasty. Chocolate aroma. Very dark brown with a nice tan head. Flavor is big.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2004
Tap. Very dark brown with a tan head. Need a strong light to see all the way through. Roasty aroma. Flavor is big and bold, with lots of hop bitterness and a nice roasty malt flavor. This beer was on the chewey side, robust, and satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2004
Deep black, dark brown head. Lots of burnt coffee grounds, dark bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of caramel in the nose. Rich flavors of earthy sumatra coffee, dark chocolate, citrus, vanilla, and a touch of wood. Medium to full bodied, nice biting finish. This is a very nice porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
Bottled - bought at Happy Deli NYC. Fantastic aroma of roasty coffee. Big black colour, however let down by a virtually non-existant head. The taste however is excellent. Full, roasty, long, stronger than its ABV. A very very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2004
A beautiful rich looking black beer. Caramel and vanilla and coffee and molasses combine to make a slightly-too-sweet beer that lingers a touch longer than you really need it to....but it's tasty enough to get away with it. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8331) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2004
Jet black; dark brown head, gone in seconds. Nose of coffee, bit of tobacco-ash, hints of dark-blue fruit. Kahlúa or other coffee-liqueur? Very tobbacy-o taste - this is remarkable. The palate is quite bitter, the taste isn't. It just seems to beg to have raisins in it, or to be drunk with a smoked sausage or a good Italian salami. I want to taste some hops, but they just don't emerge. Warming up, I do get the taste of bitter chocolate, filled with the raisins and rum. And, of course, tobacco. Very full-bodied, rich, without getting oppressive. Anyway you look at it, this is an impressive beer, the more as this isn't really my style. "Kudo's" as they say. BIG thanks to D. Anderson for supplying me this row of beers, that made up my last few days of rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Pours opaque, with a slight reddish hue. Nice big frothy tan head. Aroma is mildy sweet. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Freshly ground coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and wood. Nice dry hop finish. A pretty damn good porter.

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