Brad (363) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
I really enjoyed this beer. Nice pour, head, aroma. This is a beer that turned me onto porters. SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2005
A superior porter in all respects, dark and rich without being overly bitter or burnt, malty, risidual sweetness for good balance SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 smell of chocolate and roasted ingredients, and coffee come to mind. not much head and very soft carbonation. has an oily texture. tastes like it smells but not as robust. i like it. BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2005
pours a colour of soy sauce. not very thick. somewhat metalic. some raosted nuts and chocolate. why not just drink the imperial stout? well, i "had to try it" Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2005
Off-white cover tops a dark brown hue. Aroma is of growing distaste. Lactic soy beans soaked in yogurt a bit too long. Sweet chocolate and roasted bread fights the palate dominance over with a strong anise component. Sweet vanilla is barely mellowed by an unpleasant vegetal touch. At the same time, the palate is pretty light and proposes dull mellow carbonation. A bit disappointing compared to their stouts..
jbrus (4988) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2005
Chocolat aroma. Very very dark brown color, light brown head, good lace. Light sweet, chocolat start but more coffee and roasted bitterness in the finish. Sparkling, medium body and a little sandy in the finish. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
Nutty marzipan, salty, soysauce, sesame, sweet aroma. Opaque brown with thin tan head that recedes to ring with some lace. Soured raisins, soy sauce, sweet sesame, almond, salty flavour with some chocolate and lactic acidity. Somewhat papery oxidation. Medium-light body with mild carbonation. The more I sample this one, the less I want another sip. Bottle (Winooski Beverage Warehouse - Dec. 2004) sampled with DumDum, Nicholas, Olivier and Rastacouere. 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.