Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bittersweet chocolate, anisette aroma. Thick tan head. Deep ruby-black hue. Oh what a palate. Vinous fruit, chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel accents, burnt grain, licorice, brown sugar. Thereís so much going on here, molasses as it warms. Medium bodied, and the finish is oh so delicious. Long and sweet, turning to a hint of bitter hops. I love this prter, one of my favorites, a masterpiece, always available, and always excellent.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer has a light tan head that doesnít stick around for too long, and a very drak red-brown color. As for taste, think of dehydrated fruit covered w/ dark chocolate. I canít say much for an aroma, Iím not picking much up even w/ the beer warmed up a bit.
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, dark mahogany color. Large creamy head. Big chocolate aroma with some hops in the background. Light bitterness. Full malt flavor. Chocolate flavor dominates. Creamy. Nice!
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with ruby tones shining through. Excellent espresso smell, i think I smell anise. Head is rolling back to a thin slick of bubbles. Coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. Heavy bodied coffee feel on the palate. Smokey hint on the tongue. Long bitter chocolate finish. Yum! This could be great for breakfast.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very strong, crisp coffee flavor. Quite good!
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 Original Rating Oct 23, 2002: Mmmmmm... Anchor Porter. Cold espresso with some roasted malt added. Very fine. 9/5/8/5/18 Re-rate Aug 9, 2008: Ah early ratings... It’s about time I got back to this one. Dark brown color with a large, long lasting head. Sweet malt and lightly toasted aroma. Bitter roasted malt taste, almost astringent. A little bit of coffee and chocolate. Still a staple Porter, but nowhere near "the shit" that I originally thought this was. But who could blame me? It was one of my first real beers!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 18, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a fiery ruby core.Thick tan head fades quickly.Nose of roasted malt,some coffee and bitter chocolate.Nice full palate with a velvety texture. This is the one I would offer to someone as a representative of the style. Cant go wrong with this.
Slovak34 (99) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good tasting porter. Has a nice dark color and a good coffee/chocolate flavor.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very very smooth with an interesting mix of hops/burnt hops and malt. Definite coffee and chocolate flavors in there too. Great porter.