jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 3, 2005
pours a pretty dark red w/ no head....i hope that is not a bad sign ...smells a bit of coffee and smoke/roast... a thicker mouthfeel than other samuels i have had..nice malty flavor with roasted notes..not bad..my favorite samuel smith yet (550 bottle) openwindow (67) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Very smooth porter. Dark chocolate color with foamy tan head. Smell remeniscent of other porters with a coffee aroma. Smooth drink, a little watery and weak on hoppiness for my liking. Still a very good porter. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 2, 2005
Pours very dark brown with a medium tan head. I just realized this now, but I think all Sam Smith beers have the same aroma. This one has the Sammy aroma with some roasted notes as well. Taste is reasonable hops and a charcoal burned taste. Coffee kicks in as well. A great porter. Slight bitter aftertaste. Tmoney99 (14497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Bottle. Poured a dark black with a tan large head. Aroma was complex malt hops sweet. Flavor was the same complex with a roasted grain finish. very good brew. Homebrewerguy (306) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Very easy drinking beer, nicely balanced. Roasted malt flavor is dominant but I also got a distinct taste of smoked malt as in Rauch bier. Is that a secret ingredient?
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Bottle. Very dark black with a rocky tan head and very good lacing. Rich aroma of roasted malt, toffee, brown sugar and vanilla. Flavor followed the aroma with each complimenting the other. A little chocolate sweetness in there as well. Dry finish with just the right bitter note. SilkTork (5738) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2005
Sept, 2002:I like this - it has the warm, roasty toasty, chocolate taste I like - but it is quite light and refreshing. Most dark ales can be a bit heavy, but this is fairly easy to drink and so can be followed by another pint and another and another ...[3.3]ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2005
Jan, 2005: I still like this. It’s flawed, but tasty enough. Too much fizz for my liking, and a flat plastic quality, but an enjoyable black beer which nicely straddles the bitter and the sweet. Muted aroma; initially just the carbon dioxide, then - when worked - strawberry jam and banana. Flavours are also quite laid back, but pleasant enough. Not as many off flavours come through as on other Sam Smiths beers. Finishes a bit rough and unpleasant, and some boiled cardboard notes can be detected. Not a quality beer, but quite drinkable. [2.9]
Black colour with small dense beige head. Roasted malty aroma with a slight coffee touch. Bitter flavor with some coffee and dark chocolate. hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle. Deep black, thin tan head with laces. Smells like molasses, malt and something very strong that i cant figure it out. High carbonation, molasses and something like medicine and a little bite watery. Would have expected more from Samuel Smith.
Biere de couleur noir opaque avec un mince collet de mousse brune qui colle au verre. Odeur de melasses, de malt et quelque chose qui est predominant mais que je suis incapable d’identifier. Elle est tres elever en gaz carbonique, gout de melasse, arriere gout de medicamant, elle est egalement surette. Je m’attendais a beaucoup mieux de la part de Samuel Smith. Foxbush (2029) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2005
This is another beer purchased at the World Market. The porter poured with about 2 1/2 inchs of head. The color was a rich black. The flavor had hints of chocolate and roasted malt. This was the best porter I have had since the Fullers London. I enjoyed the porter while watching the Patroits beat the Colts for the second time this year.