harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with ruby highlights, foamy tan ring that is elsuive and disappears. Big berry nose that evolves into some roasted coffee and cocoa. Almost smoky in the nose and on the palate while drinking with lots of roasted chocolate and just a hint of jumiper. Finish lingers dancing uniquely on the palate. This is great stuff.
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown in color with a smokey sweetness in the aroma. The first sip starts with a chocolate coffee and finishes with a smooth bitterness that does not over power you. I liked the stout better, but this is certainly worth having a pint or two!
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft: Alameda Brewing Co. in Portland, OR) The flavor and nose of this porter is smoky, chocolaty, roasty, somewhat sweet, and moderately bitter, certainly one of the best beers on tap at this brewpub. While not exceeding the craft industry standard, itís capable enough. Deep, dark brown, not quite opaque at the edges. The medium body does seem a bit watery. Very dark brown in color, slightly translucent at the edges, and topped by a long-lasting light tan head that leaves only a few traces of lace on the glass. Decent, and though not an exceptional porter, given the mediocrity of what Iíve had here so far, Iíll definitely take it.
gristman (4) - USA - MAR 31, 2005 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iíll give a non Deja Vu comment! Nice dark brown in color. Aromatic hints of a touch of roast and some chocolate. Body is thin to medium, could be a little more viscous. Flavors are direct and to the point. Some med to large caramal malts, some chocolate, some roast and some hops to balance. This is a text book Porter, but nothing more. OH!! The Juniper!! Yes, it can be tasted! Youíll find a slight juniper berry spiciness and ginny flavor at the very end of the finish, just before you exhale.. Itís there!
jsquire (2953) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the pub. Dark beer with a thin brown head. Roasted grains in the nose. Lots of roast coffee beans, molasses and brown sugar sweetness. Fairly dry finish. Nice porter, but I didnít taste the juniper either.
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2004: Ruby with a light brown head. Chocolate grain aroma, starts and ends llightly bitter with a dry ending. Sweet aftertaste.
argo0 (10384) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(RBSG04) Black body with tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, roasty, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, roasty, some chocolate. Watery, light-medium body.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought that this was a pretty nice porter. If there were supposed to be junipers in the flavor, I didnít notice t hem, though.
Sham (1846) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask: Very dark brown pour, opaque. Tons of head comprised of big bubbles and awesome lacing. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts blend into a great mocha aroma. Very nice. Mocha flavors, with some chocolate, fruit and hops. Hints of wood, perhaps oak. Some maple as well. Very creamy body and palate. Nice bitter finish of hops. This simply rocked. This was a damn fine porter.
BŁckDich (5467) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Numbers are for the cask version)
Black color with light head & lacing. The aroma is very roasted, almost smoky with some of the juniper showing through. Tastes very good, lots of oak & smoke here with a touch of coffee & chocolate in the finish. Well crafted & tasty. Interesting flavors, unique.
CASK:head is more defined and resistant. Oak & maple jump out more in the aroma. Absolutely delicious on cask. I WANT MORE!!!