Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Molasses, bit of fig, smooth creamy roast and chocolate bitter but smooth aftertaste. Lingering roast and vanilla aroma and taste of the powders. Some wood smokiness DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 (18.7 oz bottle) Yet another outstanding effort from Samuel Smith; The hugely aromatic and distinctive nose on this beer is out of this world, with aromas of lightly roasted malts, sweet butterscotch, and something similar to lightly sour oats and yeast; Lightly sweet, roasted coffee, fruity like not-quite-ripe cherries, with a fairly prevalent sourness that you don't really notice right away; The sweet maltiness fades away as the dry finish is fairly bitter with some smoke; Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel; Nearly black in color, but dark brown and transluscent at the edges; Tan head pours very large, slowly settling to a fairly thick final layer, leaving some lacing behind, but less than expected of such a large, creamy head clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Great nose on this beer, with a hint of molasses in the mix. Has a somewhat dry character to it, very malty, with hints of toffee and butterscotch in the mix. One of the best beers I’ve had in awhile. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 15, 2004
This brew pours black as night with a monstrous dense brown head on top. Aroma is a bit weak- subtle roasted malt. Flavor is great- sweet, chocolate, burnt, rich, smoke and maple. The best part is the body. Very smooth and creamy, coats the mouth nicely with a bit of bitterness. No aftertaste. RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Well, this is certainly the best Sammy Smith product I’ve tried. Pours dark with a light brown head. Fantastic aroma at work here...chocolate, coffee, malts, and fruits. Taste is substantial. Starts malty and ends with a chocolate/coffee twang. Still has that greasy feel that all Sammy Smith products do, though.
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 5, 2004
This is a very good porter.Has Chocolate,coffee,and some cherry flavor in there too.Good mouthfeel,and it just loooks so great in the glass.mmmmmmmm goooood! zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Dark brown color with a light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee with hints of fruit, butterscotch and toffee. Good roasty flavor with an apparent hop presence early on in the flavor. The hops then give way to a roasted coffee flavor with a smooth and slightly bitter finish. Very nice bite at the end. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Tan, creamy head. Pitch black. Intenslely aromatic: rich, roasted coffee, butterscotch, toffee. Great hop presence. but light on the palate. Smooth, well-rounded, a porter full of character, that will remain on the top of my list until the end of time. Absolutely perfect. Light enough in alcohol to stand in as a session beer (but too expensive to actually work that way), and with plenty of body and bite.
SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 25, 2004
The second porter i have had and i realized i dont care for them to much. This is way more toned down in its coffee and chocolate but still it doesnt appeal to me. i had a crazy daydream of having a rootbeer float but instead of rootbeer i was using this and it tasted good. then i snapped out of it and wish i had bought a different pint to try out. PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2004
The pour is almost black, with a well formed light tan head. Smells like rich, dark maltiness. Ummm, tastes like roasted malt, with chocolate flavor, including a hint of coffee, finished with a light , smooth, bittersweetness.