Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Really fantastic porter, it’s a brew that is complex in it’s taste and easy to drink. Excellent smell of malt, caramel and chocolate. Nice smooth finish and a wonderful beer to drink, even when it’s not cool outside. DarkMagus (560) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Poured a dark black with ruby highlights. Creamy, frothy head which dissapated fairly rapidly but left behind some gentle lacing on the glass and on the surface of the brew. Deep malty, roasted grain aroma. Flavors similar to aroma: roasted grains, malt, wheat, a hint of nuttiness, and a mild hoppiness. A real "serious" porter...Smuttynose always pulls through with excellent brews. MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Wonderful brew. Dark black body with a small tan-colored head. Aroma was not complex, but gave hints of a wonderfully roasty and malty experience. Taste was very malty and rich. Burnt notes, strong flavoring and a small hoppy twang in the finish. As it warmed, there were some earthy notes to it. Very unique, and definitely the break-out porter that I was looking for on the particular day. This one will stay in regular rotation in my refrigerator, especially in the winter. JoeMcPhee (9549) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Black beer with a thin off-white head. Aroma is quite simple, black malt, herbal hoppiness as well as some dark caramel. Low chocolate character, but a very prominent anise/licorice aroma. Flavour is very herbal, licorice, toast and a lingering earthy hoppiness. Light roast, but the earthy and herbal notes drive the show here. Tasty and quite distinctive. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Black color small white head. Aroma is smokey, roasted w/ some chocolate. Flavor is roasted coffee w/ some chocolate and caramel help to lend a bit of depth.
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2006
dark brown/black pour w/ slighty tan head and lacing. coffee and chocolate notes all over the place, hop notes come though nicely, and balanced through and through. one of the best all around porters i’ve had, and would be a ’classic’ example of the breed. wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2006
pours dark brown with a tan head. fantastic aroma. rich mocha with some vanilla and cherry. beautifully balanced flavor. bittersweet mocha and hops. medium body. finish smooth bittersweet slightly acidic mocha. fantastic drinkable porter. everything a porter should be. this might just be a new favorite. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 12 Oz Bottle. Aroma is unique, with flowering bouquets of heavily roasted caramel, expertly blending with Lindt Hazlenut chocolate and a shot of Kahlua. A delicate sea breeze salt and great roasted character. Deep black pool of liquid, with a rosy glint of North Carolina star sapphire, topped with a frothy swirling tempest of tan Stellwagen sea foam. Flavor continues along the lines of the aroma, but is a major dissapointment. The rich creamy malts soon fade into a watered down love. An alacrity of sewage pond vapors and angry bees cacophonates a incestuous steam train of weak coffee grounds, drippings from a melted Hershey bar, and a Margarita glass edged in Kosher salt. The oaky hull of a sloop fades into the distance of this beer, with biting cinnamon and lacksidasical roasted beet sugars. Palate maintains oak dryness. A slow let down. User37895 (3085) - - JUN 11, 2006
Well, if you like porters, this is a fine example. Poured the dark brown to black color with some mahoganey edges. Two finger head and pretty good lacing. The aroma was mostly roasted coffee. This wasn’t that complex and I didn’t pick up on all the nuances that some others have: pretty much roasted (not smoked) coffee was the feature, and there were some citrus hops in the somewhat bitter finish (but certainly not assertive). Mouthfeel was moderate to heavy within style and somewhat carbonated. puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Superbly chocolately and rich porter. On tap at Hop Devil in NYC. Clean roasty nose with a slight bitter edge. The bitterness works well in the flavor to complement the smooth chocolate. A wonderful porter.