Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
After the lovely aroma and appearance, the taste of it was almost a letdown. Nice bright smell, with the hops right up front. Color is quite dark, and resistant to light. The hops are evident in the taste, almost overly so. The problem with this is it drowns out the natural mocha and coffee flavors inherent in a porter. Still a great beer, and a real treat. Think of the voice of Ally McCoist, thatís how smooth it is.
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the very first porter i drank, but i had no clue what a porter was and thought it was another ordinary beer that would be easy drinking like Anchor steam. I didnít really enjoy it that much and i was getting a big stomach ache trying to polish off a whole 6-pack on that 4th of July night of 2004. Now the tables have turned, and i have a bigger understanding of porters, so iíve bought another six pack this week to re-visit it. The nose is a light presence of chocolate added with a slight whip cream aroma. A dark black that in actuality is a brown color accompanied by a little rocky topping of head while it will leave behind a major amount of lacing down the glass. The flavor might possibly be the most smoothest porter i have rated so far even though it isnít the most flavorful. What does cross my tastebuds is a moderate bitterness level with a dark toasted malt back bone. As strange as this may sound, but when i take a sip while inhaling the aroma i swear it reminds me of red licorice candy ropes. Although i admit that this may not be the most richest and tasty porter out there; however, i will proudly say that this is in my favorite top 5 list of the porter style.
btowles (2) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Anchor porter is one of the definitive examples of robust porter. The head is thick and creamy, as is the texture. There is no roasted barley character, and no bite from over use of black patent. The hops are present, but not overpowering. This is exactly what I expect when I order a porter.
thebigpopper (7) - USA - MAY 27, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím impressed by the drinkability of this beer; for a porter, itís not excessively thick. A good balance between hops and malt. Jet black and creamy appearance, with quickly disappearing foam. If youíre in the mood for a porter, this one wonít let you down
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a pure, dark brown with a nice, foamy tan head. Aroma of nice chocolate and coffee. Very malty. Taste is pure smoothness. Nice and creamy with a great finish.
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 18, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black with beige head. Aroma is divine, with raisins, toffee and christmas galore. Full mouthfeel and a taste to match. One of the best beers Iíve ever had.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark dark brown, large foamy light brown head, sticky lacing. † Roasted malt nose, loads of apple skin. † Rich malt flavor, roasted of course, with quite a bit of light fruit (apple, pear) skin. † Very simply, but elegant, clean, and tasty. † Full bodied, medium to full mouthfeel. † Low hop presense, no real heavy coffee or chocolate, just good ol fashion roasted malty goodness with a pale fruit kick.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like motor oil. Christ, itís beautiful! Black with thick creamy brown head. lacy. Settles a la Guinness but more quickly. A perfect looking brew. Smells smoky and lightly of chocolate. Very nutty smelling.
Taste has lots of that nutty flavor to it as well. Malty with coffee flavors. Also some hints of bitter chocolate but the nuttiness rules this beer. Bitter-sweet finish. Smoky with a thick mouthfeel. Damn this is a good porter. Complex and just plain tasty. Very drinkable for me.
Havenít picked any of this up in years. Not the best but a great robust big porter.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with beige head. Aroma rich with chocolate and coffee which carry through to the flavor also. Well bodied and balanced.
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong coffee aroma with chocolate undertones. Not too thick for a porter, which is good, because I couldnít stop drinking this stuff. Rich mocha flavor with a subtle hops kick. A little more carbonated than I expected. Could be the best porter Iíve had yet.