jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, opaque brown/black with a quickly fading head. Mocha, light smoke and light sourness in the nose. Flavor is bold and flavorful; notes of chocolate, caramel, ample roastiness and a light tinge of raisin. Medium bodied but I found it to be overcarbonated which kept me from enjoying it as much as I wanted to. Still solid stuff overall, though.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown body with tan cover. The aroma is roast, cola, light cherry and raisin. The flavor is roast, brown sugar, caramel and prunes. Medium body is soft, but a tad thin. Still a really nice session porter.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with mj. Opaque black in color with nice dark tan head. Swirling leaves head evenly around the glass, which takes its time returning to the beer. Nutty roasted biscuity aromas present along with a good deal of coffee. The flavor is modestly rich, being neither too acidic nor too roasty. Nice and chocolately in the middle, with the finish being dry and having pleasant coffee flavors.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big cavernous bubbles and small compact ones intermingle and form a pretty foamy and somewhat creamy dark tan topper. Slowly and nearly fully diminishing, the head leaves lacing that looks sticky and nearly fully covers the glass. Body is a glimmering super deep shade of cherry wood, not quite opaque. Lovely appearance. In the aroma, caramel and vanilla notes break up the monotony of typical chocolate and roasted grain notes that summarily identify similar beers as porters or stouts. Fresh, lively hops are oddly cohesive with abundant coffee. A simple and elegant, seemingly well constructed porter, as far as the nose would indicate. Flavor has medium-high bitterness, moderate to heavy astringency; both of which heighten the hop oil penetration and signifigantly dry the palate. Low sweetness. Mouthfeel is at first very creamy, then lively carbonation breaks in. Body is medium to medium-full, goes down semi-smooth. Finishes very dry and roasty, with big coffee and light bittersweet chocolate notes lingering. A few sips into this, a pleasant liquor taste develops in the corners of my mouth and on the back of my tongue, nice touch, quite different. Very good.
argo0 (11712) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, thanks mj) Black body with tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, chococoffee, some cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, strong espresso, some chocolate, roast, faint anise. Light-medium body, light crispness.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of mj. Thanks, Mike! Pours a dark, dark brown color; medium tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Roasted malt and hints of dark chocolate in the aroma. Medium-to-full, roasted mouthfeel: plenty of roasted / charred malts, milk chocolate and vanilla; hints of an oily smoky / roasted character. Nicely balanced and well-roasted porter. Lengthy, roasted malt and chocolate finish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ken’s Thirsty Thursday Throw Down - Soft coffee and cream nose with nice touches of mild roasty chocolate. Very well balanced flavors of mild coffee and chocoalte with hints of citric bitterness from start to finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry bittersweet finish. Good stuff that puts their IPA to shame (at least my six pack anyway) Thanks for sharing MJ...
3fourths (8291) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Deep black with a medium brown colored head. Flavor is all roasty, toasted grains and smoke, a bit dry with some oak wood and a nice dose of chocolate and light coffee grounds… this is basically spot-on for robust porter. Smells amazing: creamy, roasted grains, coffee and dark chocolate, very heavy on the nose, very rich smelling. Rich and thick texture without being too viscous. Almost the perfect porter.
Oh yeah, a lot of 2007 bottles are infection or bad...
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark black body with a medium creamy light brown head. Sweet roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Sweet roasted malt flavor with some chocolate and coffee.
DocLock (8086) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours ebony with minimal tan head. Very deep black color here, almost on the level of Yaphet Kotto. The aroma is awesome roasty malt, with big dark chocolate, molasses, almond, Ovaltine. The taste is on the dry side, roasty malty, with some earty hops, molasses, almonds, and tobacco. Stays dry, stays complex and well balanced, and stays damned delicious!