Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer took a while for me to appreciate, and Iím not sure why. The aroma is kind of weird--really sweet in an odd sort of way. The flavors are nice, chocolate, coffee, a touch roasted. The flavors are mild and pleasant, if the nose was nicer it would rank much higher with me.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
eh. itís a completely acceptable porter, but thereís not much special about it.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 aroma was sweet chocolate and coffee...HUGE tan head, dark brown color,. roasted coffee flavor with a malty coffeeish finish and lots of bitterness..very nice porter although i found it too bitter for the style.
bbrock81 (297) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 This is seriously just about the best beer Iíve had. It is certainly the best porter Iíve had. You will definitely not regret gettting some of this.
(Couple weeks later) Iíve come to the conclusion that this is currently my favorite beer. The balance of flavor is just awesome. There isnít really any one aspect of the beer that overpowers, itís just wonderfully smooth and even. Definitely worth the premium price. Delicious roasted malt aroma, with some chocolate and coffee notes. The flavor follows the nose, with chocolate being the strongest flavor, along with coffee, malt and a nice, restrained hoppiness.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick black and viscous. There are tons of coffee and chocolate notes in the aroma. Very robust, yet smooth with a general roasted coffee flavor throughout. Plenty of sweet malt upon first sip and a nice balance of bittering hops. The finish is slighty dry and flavorful leaving you thirsting for more.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Close to being great, but slight lack of head keeps it down in rating.
Alittle heavier body would help, but great roasted malt hits you at first taste. Slight raisin aroma at first pour. Very drinkable on cool fall evening.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Re-Rate 11/13/02: The beer pours a deep brown, with garnet hues; the head is Herculean, spumous, light chocolate in color, and the lace in large clumps. Nose is malt, caramel, light toasted grains, somewhat sweet. Start is malt and ambrosial, the top skimpy, the finish has a germane hop presence, pointfully acidic with a dry malt aftertaste. Quite the decent porter, not overpowering, or under whelming, just plain ďGoodĒ. Ranks #272 on my current 1000 beer master list.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
oh yah heres a porter with some character nice flavor and balance with a slight but distinct choclate over tone well made.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. I can remember actually disliking this beer--what a fool. This is a tremendous porter. Dark fruit and chocolate in abundance in the nose. Flavor of chocolate and dark fruit, trading dominance again and again throughout the swallow framed nicely by dark malt dryness and hops. Truly wonderful.
madsberg (9530) - SÝborg, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice colour. Almost black, with a light brown creamy head. Aroma of coffee and alcahol and hints of chocolate and spices. The flavour is roasted and have notes of coffee, chocolate, burned almonds and spices. Complex and challenging. Has an excellent aftertaste of bitter chocolate, and in the dying stages i have some apple notes. This is a great porter.