TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Deep black with a large fluffy head that slowly settles down. Aroma of roasted malt, and yeast. Medium body. Roasted malt dominates the flavor and finish. Not bad, but not as complex or enjoyable as the imperial stout. richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Beautiful when you pour it, dark brown/black with nice tan head that turns into a light layer on top of the beer. Aroma is a bit strange...roasts come through strong, but there is an odd, almost fruity scent in the nose that I couldn’t nail down. Flavor has the same thing...almost tastes like orange??? All that considered, I found this to be an enjoyable beer. Not quite as good as the oatmeal stout, but better than the imperial. Palate lost a point on the tangy part of the aftertaste...not what I look for in a porter. balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Pours a dark brown color with a thick fluffy tan head. Chocolate, hazelnut, and bourbon aroma...slightly acidic and leathery as well. Creamy smooth body with a strong roasted nut flavor...the "tangy" or astringent roasted barley turned me off a bit, not exactly what I would look for in a porter but better than average. (perhaps a bad bottle?) 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 (3732) - 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.