darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2005
In my mind the perfect porter. Beautiful dark appearance. Hints of coffee, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar. Probably Samuel Smith’s best effort. HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Dark pour, lite head and an roasted pumpkin aroma. Kinda spicy and fizzy on the tongue. Bitter afterfinish. xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Pleasant, 1 inch head that faded nicely, nice lace, palate was full bodied and not too thin, by far my favorite Sammy Smith! pintbypint (3579) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2004
550ml clear bottle. Poured dark brown with ruby highlights, bitter chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Notes of molasses, brown sugar, caramel and roasted malts. A little thin in the finish. green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Best sam smith brew. Compared head to head with the highly rated Fullers london and prefered the sam smith. more interesting hop profile than fullers. not realy a fair comparison as i am an american hop head and not fond of the usualy milder english stuff.
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2004
My favorite porter and hands down the best in the Samuel Smith line of beers. If you have never tried a porter, don’t try this one first because all the rest will taste sub par after you are done. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2004
bottle. poured a rich cola color with a reddish edge. nice lacing. taste of roasted malt, choc. and coffee. a bit of a different nose and finish to this one, OK but not great. ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Apperance: Dark brown nearly no head, just like every other sammy smith.
Aroma: Very light, nutty and malty. Much like every other sammy smith.
Flavor profile: Light, subtle, slightly nutty and malty, much like every other sammy smith, not much like a porter IMO.
Overall: Not bad, but it tastes not the same but very similar to the sammy nut brown and their stout. A brewer thats just not for me maybe.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Now this is an English Porter. A beautiful dark brown ale - not opaque, if you look at it correctly - with a lasting head and a bouquet of roasted malt, chocolate, and (slightly) coffee, this brew goes down quite easily, although you will be tasting it for minutes afterwards: Malt predominates, with some roasted barley and chocolate following, as well as a little cherry ester and some late-arriving nuttiness. Best at around 55 degrees so that you experience all the flavors intended by the brewers. mjg74 (3093) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Pours a nice dark color. Aroma is of malts, smells kind of burnt. Coffee aroma as well. Flavor is dominated by roasted malts. Some coffee and chocolate in there as well. Good porter but not as rich as I would have liked.