molarade (2) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 Pours a beautifully opaque near-black with a two-finger tan to light brown head. There is an immediate chocolate and, surprisingly, raspberry nose which relaxes after about half a minute to a nutty, coffee aroma. Definite hop presence. As it warms, burnt toffee prevails. Taste is upfront molasses and coffee with a nice hoppy bitterness. Sweet malt is always present but never shouts. A solid mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The long finish favors bitter over sweet. The head dimishes to a fine layer but never leaves. Smuttynose has nailed a porter with a lot of character that could easily be a session beer. Very well-balanced and thoroughly enjoyable. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2006
dark black pour w/ a thick cream of wheat looking brown head. Well roasted notes, tons of semi sweet chocolate chips lots of malts some light bitter coccoa powders. Palate is well coated, lightly oily and chewy. Flavor is lots of bitter chocolates a good roasty malt flavor and a dry finish. A very nice porter. TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Everything you expect in a porter: roasted chocolate and coffee, big on the malt, a little bit of bitterness. Except here it’s all balanced beautifully. Excellent. grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Beautiful fall night, just got back from a walk with Wally. Pours a thick black with medium head, very nice lacing. You picked a pretty one OG. Or maybe I just poured it right. Strong roasted malt aroma, chocolate as well. Heavy maltiness, some bitterness. Nice thick palate. radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Very brownish and dark color, nearly black. Roasted aroma, with a malty, coffee and chocolate flavor.
BigBen2120 (687) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Wow, this looks like a robust porter. Half an inch of light brown head, with a black completely opaque body. Smells roasty and malty with a hint of hop. Tastes roasty and malty, coffee-like with a hint of hop. This is an excellent porter. Medium to full in body and extremely tasty. One of the best porters I’ve ever had. thornecb (6060) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha micro head leaves lacing as it recedes. Deep espresso and chocolate aromas. Upfront crispness with a cream chocolate middle and a lasting coffee hop finish. Very nice. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Bottle (courtesy of NachlamSie). This looks remarkably like maple syrup when pouring, with a small brown head. The aroma is sweet and chocolatey with hints of vanilla and roasted barley. The flavor is much roastier than I was expecting, reminding me a bit of a stout. But there’s some dark chocolate, vanilla, and some noble hops to counter it. It mixes into a taste not unlike a cappuccino, but more bitter. The finish is woody and pleasant. I enjoy this beer. skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2006
12 oz bottle into an English Pint (thanks to acertain!!!). The Smuttyness pours a rich and silkly looking dark blackish color with an extremely thin amberish tan head that quickly retreats. The aroma brings out a hugely dark and robust roasted cocoay coffee (more on the cocoa side) nose. Amazing aroma!! The flavor is also very toasted bringing out a silky texture on the tongue at first with the tastes of roasted chocolate and malts. It progresses slowly into a more coffee hopped finish, where the roasted coffee lingers on the palate for a bit. Has a small lean towards a stout. A seriously solid porter. Would drink this over and over again!! aracauna (3680) - Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2006
This one really hit the spot. Dark, dark brown with a respectable head. The aroma is rich cocoa maltiness and slightly overdone toast. The flavor is satisfying chocolatey with a nice hoppy finish. A touch of cappuccino in there as well. I really dug this one.