apost8n8 (123) - USA - NOV 15, 2004
Dark almost opague with ruby edges, foamy brown head with excellent lacing. Nutty nose full bodied mouthfeel with a dry but sweet finish. a bit bitter. I was hoping for a thicker more chocolaty porter. Good but not my thing esp. for $10 for four. PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Bottle. Pours a dark brick reddish/brown, with a thin tan head. Very mild beer, faint aroma of brown sugar, sour roasted barley, and mild smoke. Really no flavor, some spice, the tangy character really stands out, pretty thin mouth feel. Not the robust porter I thought it was going to be. beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
Nice molasses, chocolate, spicy vanilla aromas from a rich ruby brown beer with minimal, but lasting tan head. Was perhaps a little thin for my taste, but then had a nice lingering bittersweet finish. midwestdrifter (5) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2004 does not count
has a touch of nuttyness and caramel in aroma. thick creamy head. dark brown body. creamy feel and slight carbonation. a warm roasty taste. a little bitter at finsih. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Pours a clear reddish black with a fluffy brown head. Nice chocolatey roasty aroma. Taste has more of the aroma qualities plus notes of coffee and roasted malt. Moderately sweet with a slightly burnt aftertaste. Medium body with a smooth texture but could use more body and thickness. Great head retention, nice porter.
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2004
Looks the part of the quintessential porter. Mellow aroma, and a funny but complex taste of roasted barley, cocoa and pears. Definitely having this one again. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Pours a dark, dark brown with virtually no head. Smells a bit sour with notes of chocolate and hazelnut. Tastes tart with cocoa notes and some smoke, has a medium body and finishes with low bitterness. Virtually no hop character. What is it with the "tangy" thing that most of the SS ales have? Distinct, but not my favorite porter. pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Bottle. Purchased at Pittsburgh Bottleshop cafe. Poured a nice dark ruby color with a soft puffy head. Cannot see through this one. Head leaves quite quickly with no lacing. Nose is like cough syrup... not much excitement for this one. Taste is of slight coffee - almost like a cheap red wine - not much to cheer in this one. Thin and big bubbled carbonation with no real signs of life. I don’t understand how this beer is rated so high. I haven’t found many of these Samuel Smith beers that are worth a damn. Not great at all. I’m not even going to call it good. yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Dark brown pour with tan head looks good. Aroma of roasted malt and hops also nice. Rich flavor with coffee and the roasted barley coming through. Dry and a little tart with some hop bite. An excellent, easy to drink porter. MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Dark brown, not opaque, looks quite a bit like a cola. Nose lightly roasty, bit of coffee, some chocolate. Similar flavor, some vinous richness, nice light coffee finish. Body is lighter than the typical brewpub porter, not thin, just easy to drink. Very nice.