GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 18, 2005
[bottle from brewery] Pours a dark brown with a quickly diminishing head. Nose carrys notes of chocolate, smoke, some sweet fruity notes, apple, orange, raisin and faint notes of roasted coffee. excellent body, this is another fantastic beer from sam smith. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2005
excellent excellent beer, my first proper porter. smoky, coffee, vanilla aroma with alot going on. taste though is a little thinner than expected. not as good as thier stouts but still a very very good beer. Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Pours dark brown with off-white head that was thick but, didn’t stick around. Aroma was pretty good and was the best part of the beer. It had several different sweet smells and I didn’t really pick anything out. Taste was just OK nothing much to talk about. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas are sweet roasted malt, dark fruit and raisins. Flavor is a lot like the aroma, but with some coffee too. Body is medium. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2005
Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a thick, diminishing creamy light brown head. The aroma is sugary with roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with roasted malt, it’s quite mild but the roasty flavor lingers a while in the mouth. The body is light with a creamy, dryish texture and moderate carbonation.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - AUG 7, 2005
Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a big tan head. Smells raisiny, pruny, very roasty, and chocolaty. Tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. Fine carbonation. My only complaint is that it tastes a bit metallic towards the finish. I’m not sure if it was a bad bottle, but otherwise it’s awesome! BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 [bottle] Very dark, black color. Aroma is sharp- toasted malt and chocolate. Flavors are VERY complex, and bit stunning at first. Mostly dark roasted coffee, slightly bitter cocoa and some emerging fruit flavors. Kind of sweet for the style. This is very good. JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Drank this bottle at room temp, and it was good. Pours with a huge head, color is deep dark brown with some redness to it. Aroma is of dark dry roast with some mixed dark fruits as well. Taste is lots of dry roast with a fair amount of chocolate, then some prunes make their way through to add some balance. So silky and smooth on the tongue. This beer never fails. Chill it for 5 minutes and enjoy. A trusty beer. 3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Dark brown pour with a finger of head. Toasted malt and cocoa aroma. Extremely smooth to drink and reminded me more of a mild stout but less bitter and with some late chocolate tones and just a touch of hop. Bloody good beer! HogTownHarry (6925) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (375ml). Poured a deep ruby black with a average, quick disappearing medium brown head, no lacing in my glass. Aroma was lovely - dark roasted malt, sweet dough yeast, cinnamon rolls, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee and smoke, with some hops and a bit of fruit. Flavour was not quite as scrummy, but bitter chocolate, burnt toffee, some apple and plum, sweet roll dough and black pepper notes after warming. Very creamy, lively mouthfeel - a touch minerally - and the sweet start ends with a somewhat bitter, average linger. This, to me, is a creamier, sweeter, somewhat lighter bodied cousin of the Oatmeal Stout. I’m still a big fan of the Sam Smiths.