Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out of a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark, though when held to the light there is a slight reddish hue. A short head that quickly retreated to the edge of the glass.
Before even breathing in I can smell it. Amazing dark malt and coffee, but the coffee is more of a burnt smell and there is a little cocoa.
Taste: Roasted malt, bitter, and the taste of chewing on a coffee bean. The bitterness clings to the back of my mouth for awhile afterward. These are all good characteristics. The taste matches its appearance.
Light for a porter, but very pleasant. A bit of creaminess to it. I usually expect a little more body to a porter though.
Very good. My first Smuttynose and based off this great beer Iíll be trying to find some more.
ROBC3366 (596) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good assertive hops in the profile, that plays well with the roasted malts. It’s one of my favorite beers from Smuttynose.
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cards04 (1707) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my new favorite porters. Pours black with tan head. Aromas are beautiful roasted nuts and coffee. More nuttiness in the flavors as well as coffee and chocolate notes. Yum.
zaxtreme (10) - - AUG 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance is a slightly transparent light brown/deep deep tan. Pours a nice tan/creamy head. In the nose, I get roasty coffee with a bit of chocolate. The taste is a very nice, if slightly thin robust porter. Chocolate and coffee notes are there. Has a very light finish...not a dry one, which I personally donít like in this style. Leaves a lingering bitter coffee taste, not unpleasant though. A really nice beer overall.
BlackHaddock (3598) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11th July 2014 on-tap at the Crow Bar, Orange County. Very dark body, might even be black, difficult to tell in the downstairs of the Crow Bar as it is fairly dark. Deeply tanned head. Coffee and chocolate aromas and taste dominate the brew a really malty roasted feel to it. Semi-sweet overall and a decent beer to finish the night on, as was the case this evening.
jottis140 (18) - - JUL 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As good a robust porter as you are ever going to fine, deep roasted malts, assertive hops... smooth, just a bit more fullness desired.
JMerritt (1786) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Black with a large, thick tan head. Rich aroma: milk chocolate, cocoa powder, dark roast coffee, wet soil, light mint leaves. Mildly sweet at first, turning mild-to-moderately bitter as coffee beans and chocolate malts come to the forefront. Roasted pecans, light black tea, slightly charred wood notes flow in and out during the flavor profile. A rather flawless porter.
MadRobin (1882) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap 5 oz. sample at Judges' Bench in Ellicott City, MD.
Opaque, near black with a creamy tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of smoky roasted malt, caramel and roasted coffee.
Taste of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood duff and burnt sugar.
Full/medium body and low/medium carbonization.
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drsandman (243) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black/brown with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma is coffee, smoked wood chips, chocolate, grassy hop. Flavor is bitter hop, roasted / smoked malts, some dark fruit & licorice. Finish is lightly bitter, definite ash in the taste. Very solid all around, med body / avg carbo.
PhatB420 (623) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz into a pint, pours a thick black and burnt brown shade of darkness, taste is midly hoppy, carbination is delicate and direct, malt presence is a main stay as it fortifies the brew in the porter sense, dry to the tounge, coca, old coffee, dark fruits, a full bodied porter here with a backbone to support it. Not really a porter fan, so one is enough, but a good one it was. Sampled from a variety pack Julio brought over.
bobberger40 (7) - largo, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black, mocha head. Aroma of coffee. Taste is chocolate, caramel, espresso, very complex, great finish and mouth feel. Just the right carbonation. Love it!