Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark pour. The color of strong coffee, with just a slight brown red glow. Moderate amount of fine carmel brown head. Very mild coffee aroma. Hints of black licorice and dark chocolate. The body is mouthfilling and satisfying, with just a fine flourish of tanic astringency to give it a clean finish. Very smooth coffee flavors, with a pleasant building bitter roast edge. Rewards slow sipping, and the flavors continue to develope as it warms. I am a fan. This is porter spot-on. Anchor may not make the biggest beer, but they sure make some of the most well balanced.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2005 This pours dark brown, almost black, and has a foamy brown head. It smells malty sweet with an added chocolate aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. It’s very sweet to the taste, but not cloyingly so. There’s plenty of roasted malts, a hint of chocolate, and a touch of licorice. Has a mild, sweet malt finsh.
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FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Second Great Anchor beer I’ve tried. Pours Dark Black. Smells foody and savory. Starts coffee laced with fruit, resolves to seasame seeds and malt. Yummy
SilkTork (5431) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
July, 2003: Bottle. "Wholly superior in every respect." I love the way brewers enthuse about their beers. I bet he also tells his wife he’s got the biggest cock in the world. Brewers, they’re a bit like lawyers - you can’t trust ’em.
This is a damn tasty brew - full of roasty flavours and chocolate flavours, quite smoothly done. Nice winey quality - with just a hint of soft fizz. A very pleasant and easy drinking porter - not complex or demanding, just plain old fashioned tasty. Very enjoyable.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big sweet chocolate aroma. Light fruits too. Medium soft body/feel. Black in colour with small brown head. Tasty chocolate start with a slightly fruity mid. Light coffee and chocolate bitter finish. Nice porter!
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - NOV 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colour, smooth, a great porter, more on the light side, bittersweet flavor, good delicate coffee notes, very drinkable, highly enjoyable
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a good size tan head. Aroma
of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.
Very smooth malt flavor with hints of coffee, molasses and dark chocolate.
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had some on tap at Growler’s in St. Louis and it was excellent. About a week later I bought a six pack and it was good but not as good as what I had on tap. Great appearance. A chocolate coffee thing going on with the taste. I’d put the tap batch I had ahead of Bully Porter but the bottle behind the Bully.
n0kwa (34) - Talisheek, Louisiana, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had a great aroma and moderate head. Dark brown color. It had a litttle bit of a bitter coffee taste. I was a little disappointed overall.
Tejas (937) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2005 Creamy head. Malty aroma. Fantastic brew! Definitely goes into the regular rotation. Doesn’t taste nearly as dark as it pours. Nice roasty but not smoky flavors; hope that make sense? Extremely smooth & drinkable. Some fruity flavors.