HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (650ml). Pours almost black, incredibly lively with a big light brown foamy-creamy head. Does the "guiness pour" settle-out thing wonderfully - head lasts forever, rocks out and leaves a half-decent lacing - top marks. Aroma is roast malt, somewhat vinous, stewed prunes and apple cores, slight hops, and tasty coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes as well - quite darkly fruit sweet on the nose. Flavour is like heavenís own semisweet belgian chocolate with nuts and raisins bar - with dark roast malt, sourish wine overtones, other steeped fruits, coffee and cream. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, only lightly carbonated. This is one of the nicest porters Iíve ever had. Terrific blend of bitterness (coffee, chocolate, touch of hops), sweetness (fruit, malt and chocolate) with enough tartness to keep it all together.
norlem (8) - DENMARK - SEP 4, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This tasty porter is so round, sweet and fresh that it is almost not a porter anymore. Paradoxically there is no doubt, however, that this is one of the best porters on the market.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate roastyness, just what youíd expect with a hint of sour. Taste is the same, itís very smooth - smoother than I expected. Over time some extra flavors came about - more chocolate and less roastiness. Body is medium - not cloying at all. Nice porter aftertaste.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle pours black. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, caramel. Flavor is good choclate base, some coffee bitters and a decent hop finish. Palate is medium bodied and fairly well carbonated for a porter. Creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and silky. A great porter!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet maltiness, perhaps a touch too sweet, but not cloying. I think the mouthfeel seems a touch thin. But I do like this very much, VERY drinkable, just not in the mood to jump on the near-unanimous bandwagon.
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark, almost black color from the bottle. Nice beige head didnít last, but good lacing. Chocolate and malt dominate the aroma. The taste is not as full as I would have hoped - good, but not that good. Chocolate and malt also dominate the flavor. The carbonation is awfully strong for a porter. This one is characteristic of a pilsner. Its distracting. Overall, a very drinkable beer, but with flaws.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - AUG 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
jet black w/ brown head. coffee aroma w/ a hint of plum. full bodied, explosive flavor of caramel and chocolate. creamy, malty and tasty. one great brew from the anchor brewing co.
johndoughty (4950) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not up to the very high standard of their superb Liberty Ale but nevertheless an excellent porter.Black with traces of liquorice and a few other things.Complex but simple and very easy to drink..
SudsMcDuff (7976) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this was a treat... What a beut!! Nice dark black color with a great head, it glimmers! Good sweet taste that i could drink alll night! Now for the rest...
delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reach for the stars creamy head in a tan color...long lasting. Aroma like a fine perfume. Ink black color. Bitter chocolate with strong coffe mouthing then some hops to hold onto ones aftertaste. A great porter. If thereís better,I canít wait to find it!!