OldGrowth (2827) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Good nose, banana/maltball/milky. Great color, orangy/reddish brown clear yet not much light gets through. Bittersweet flavors, baking chocolate, little metallic, grapefruit. Creamy, lite oily, bitter, burnt/ grapefruit, finish. Very nice, little thicker than i think of typically for a porter. Very enjoyable.
pineypower (2635) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Everyone always said this was a good porter, and it is. It pours out dark black with a chocolate fruity aroma. There is little to no head to speak of. It tastes like dark chocolate mixed with a smoky fruit flavor. The finish is very smooth, not too heavy, not in the least bit watery. A great porter!
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2006 Delicious burnt chocolate appearance and taste. Dark, rich, and worthy of a second.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark black with dark brown highlights when held to the light. No Head and not much lacing. Great looking beer and the aroma is amazing. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries, sweet dates, sweet fruit pastries, and a light hint of smokiness (just a hint). The initial flavor is a smooth and velvety roasty malt(initial not bitter), mocha, light alcohol, and a subtle balance of dark dried fruit flavors. The finish is slightly bitter sweet and not overpowering. Wow I’m impressed; this beer actually lives up the hype and 3.9+ rating. Amazing!! Very drinkable and well-crafted porter. Well Done.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2005
Man I want to spoon with this brewery. Lovely Porter. I’ve only had it out of the bottle and it ALWAYS satisfies. Pours a deep dark black. Dark like space dark. Head is tan and luscious like mama’s mashed potatoes. The bouquet is incredibly satsifying. The thing that is most interesting about this beer is that most other porters and stouts characteristically and traditionally are dry, so dry that what comes through is the arid texture of the dark roasted malt. Although I am a big fan of this style, it is difficult for my tongue to get past the dry, cracked, paperlike finish of the malt. This brew however is like chewing on a big ball of burnt black WET paper. Alright kind of gross, however not as dry as other porters and thus beautiful. Roasty, yeasty and satisfying this brew is great after a hard days work.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost completely black body, with a very beautiful thick tan head.
The aroma is very powerful and strong. I can smell licorice, roastiness, soy, coffee and chocolate, just beautiful.
The flavor is very burnt, coffee, licorice. Very crwamy mouthfeel and perfect amount of carbonation. This is a very nice porter... If i were on the Irish Rover, this should be the 7 million barrels of porter which they had on board! (Hint: The Pogues - Irish Rover)
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorites, the beer that introduced me to ’good’ beer. A gorgeous nearly black with a thick diminishing light brown head. Nice aroma of milk chocolate, malted milk balls, vanilla, licorice, roast and coffee with a hint of sweet raisin. Medium creamy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Great flavor of plum, raisin, roast, malted milk balls, vanilla, milk chocolate, drip coffee and roast. Very drinkable, one of my staples. Have I overrated it? Probably, but not by too much.
chispito (21) - California, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Combined impressions, tap and bottle. My Kryptonite. Beer looks good and black, with a small tan head that will remain for most of your drink (on tap) though I poured it a little aggressively from the bottle and received a good inch and a half of creamy Anchor Porter foam for my efforts. Smells delightfully roasted but not burnt in the same way a properly seared steak doesn’t taste burnt. There is an elusive hint in the flavor here that I just can’t put my finger on, but it happens to be my favorite note. It could be raisins, or plums or some other mildly sweet and fruity taste with a satisfying toasted aspect to it. Smooth. Not Heineken smooth, which means shallow white bread, but rather immaculately balanced with subtle complexities smooth. Touch of chocolate, touch of coffee. Alcohol is obvious but not distracting in any way--another note to be relished. Mild dryness is nice, not distracting. Mouthfeel is medium thickness, not at all watery, but not syrup by any means. It fits. I think it just might be a little bit bolder on tap, and the flavor might be oh-so-slightly subdued after a sit in the bottle, but if so, it’s still a pretty close call. Maybe I seem gushy, but this is a good beer that I do not forsee growing past. Goes exceptionally well with hearty food, like a burger, fajitas, chili would be nice... Be careful that you don’t drink more than you planned.
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am a huge Porter fan, and while this isn’t my overall favorite Porter, it deserves a lot of credit. Coffee and chocolate flavors with a nice malty balance. You just won’t go wrong with this.
Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a frothy tan head. Candied Apples and Hops prevail in the Aroma. A very smooth flavour of Candied Yams, Raisins, and burnt Pie Crust. Smoky overtones Define this Beverage. An Excellent Potable, one that I will seek in the future. Bon Appetit.