iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz: Thick, opaque darkness; Black. Hearty aroma, thick with smoke, burnt toast, alcohol, raisins, roasted berries, and dark cocoa powder. A bit chalky on the palate, that somehow turns milky and smooth in the finish. Flavours are chocolately nuts, earthy fruits (plums), and alcohol. In all the flavour was a bit one dimensional, but tasty no less.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark black with ever so slight hints of ruby. A medium creamy tan head. The arom is very nice, hppy grapefruit then loads of chocolate and roasted malts. The flavor is more choclate less hops but still very nice. The body is medium-full and very smooth. A slight bit of plastic flavor develops on the palate after a bit, but it does not detract from the overall beer.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown approaching black. Full, thick, brown head. Super roasty aroma. Burnt toast, coffee, bitter chocolate and a caramel or molasses sweetness. Average body. The flavor is strong and intensely bitter and roasted. Burnt toast dipped in burnt coffee. Some hops in the finish to compliment the roasted character. A nice straight up roasty porter.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured nice and dark with light coffee, malt and chocolate nose. Not much lacing to speak of. Worth trying one.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad porter, but it was mild in flavor. There was some roastiness, some coffee and some chocolate, but all of the flavors were on the mild side. This was just a mediocre porter, although it was very drinkable due to its mildness.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice porter.Smells of roasty chocolate and coffee.Nice big head yet quickly dissapating into nice brown lace.This beer is dark yet shows some mohogany around the edges in light.Nice taste.Reminds me of the Ruffian porter my dad and I used to quaff together.The hops are certainly there but only complement this fine ale.The palate is roasty/choc-coffee w/a nice little edge of bitterness given by the proper use of hops.This one hits the spot for a high quality porter.This is very much like the Rogue mocha yet gets a better responce.Gets better as it warms.Bottled on 10/11/03.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much of a head here. The nose is coffee and chocolate. Bitter at first, which is washed away by chocolate, then alcohol, then more chocolate. Very nice palate..
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice black color,medium sized tan head that lasted for a decent amount of time and then faded leaving little behind.Roasted malt aroma,chocolate and a coffeeish tone to it.Very nice roasted malt taste,bitter sweet chocolate and coffee with the hops showing up nicely towards the end of the tasting.Meium heavy feel to it with an after taste that comes off as coffee and chocolate with a nice presence of hops.I can't believe this is my first Smutty,The liquor store here is loaded with them and i figured i had tried them already,well i did mostly at Old Chicago but looks like never rated any until now.makes me wish i had bought the others when i went to Grand Forks,oh well next time.This is a very good brew and worth having a few more around for later.
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out pitch black with a full brown head. Aroma of rich roasted malt with a strong floral hoppiness(kind of like an espresso). Big flavor of roasted malt and of coffee. Aftertaste is dry and bittersweet. This porter is much more harsh than Anchor and Fullers, but it is nearly as enjoyable.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 This my friends, is a top-shelf porter. Rich, black pour with a caramel head that vanishes quickly. Huge roasted malt flavor with hints of espresso balanced with a nice hop presence. Roasted finish that hangs around. Very nice and highly recommended. Next to Anchor, one of the top porters.