brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big chocolate soda like head, chocolately carmel aroma, dark chocolate first taste,creamy mouth feel at firstbut then it seemed to get a little thin, no lousy aftertaste like you get with some porters, good stuff, will buy again
BeerSlacker (34) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque, dark brown hue. Tan, creamy head with good retention. Caramel nose leads to nutty body with cherry notes. Dry finish. Outstanding beer.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2004 Has the smell of delacate fruits that are in the taste in the front. Finishes with a considerably burnt malt flavor. Great beer.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is, as my roommate put it, "dark chocolate to the tenth power." And I would have to agree about the flavor as well. Pure black, tan head, great full-bodied taste. A great offering.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black, but not too dark, with a small creamy head. Aroma is of black malt and a small hint of hops.
Has a subtle chocolate malt flavor with an aftertaste of chocolate or black malt. I guess you can say there is a strange bitterness frm the dark malts.
There doesn't seem to be a whole lot going on in this beer and I found it seems to be very overrated IMO. It seems like a Robust Porter that is missing something, maybe body.
MaBeer1972 (1279) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A very heavy tasting porter. Not as smooth as It could be, in my mind. Nice deep malty flavor, but something is funny here. Can't quite pin it down. Smells and tastes like it's an 7% or 8% beer rather than a mere 5.6% beer. Not the best porter I've ever had...
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a tannish head and nice lacing. Nose is of roast malts and some chocolates, small fruit. Flavor has roast malts with some coffee. Creamy finish. Nice porter.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and hoppy in almost equal parts, a strange combination. Seems too acidic on first taste and not as smooth as some other porters I've tried. Was disappointed with the mouthfeel but its still a satisfying brew and I'd definitely drink again.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. A lively malty aroma. Pours a rich creamy white head. Medium bodied, fairly full flavored. Very mild in the aftertaste. A very good quaffable beer.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a near black light has trouble penetrating with small amount of light caramel colored head that dissipates to near nothing. Aroma is of hops, molasses sweetness. Flavor is of medium hops that is smooth with malt that ends very dryly. Sampled at 73 degrees Fahrenheit.