Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark with a thick, long lasting head. Coffeeish smell, and taste. A bit of chocolate taste as well. Slightly acidic.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, tan foamy head. Fresh fruit and light roast in the nose. Body is roasty with hints of light chocolate. Finishes hoppy and long. Not really my type of porter, not well balanced and lacking in complexity. Not bad, but not a stellar example.
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black with brown head. Chocolate malt nose. Rich malt flavor with mild alcohol heat
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice porter. This was much better on tap than in the bottle. Nice beige head. This beer had more carbonation than most porters which was great by my accounts. Excellent flavor....sweetness, fruits. Went down smooth without a wince. RERATE: A New Year’s ’03 treat! This beer reminds me of talking to that hooker in Vegas for some reason. Anyways, I cant get over how great this beer pours....the way the thick head rushes to the top while the dark liquid cascades down through the head like water through a rocky stream. This run had notes of whiskey in the nose which I didnt catch last time. A very full and creamy brew which will always be welcome in my fridge.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite a warm, full, tasty
porter. Really good with
food in winter.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium, creamy, tan head. First taste is malty and mildy sweet with a slightly bitter stout-like finish. Tastes of wood, chocolate, nuts, and fruit... Surprisingly, it also finishes with the strangest smoked beef jerky taste that seemed a bit out of place. Very satisfying low-profile hop finish that wasn’t too strong; something that most American brewers could learn a lesson for when brewing similar beers. Overall, I was pretty impressed, but I didn’t care mch for the smoked taste, but it gives it character. Anchor continues to impress me. They have some fanastic brewers.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This porter was dripping with roasted barley, with malty, coffee and chocolate undertones in the aroma. The pour was a glacial black, with my reflection still evident even in light..a true jet black porter with a creamy beige colored head that lasted throughout...a nice touch for a porter. The taste begins with an all out malt assault on the front and sides of the tongue, followed with a carbonated tickling of the middle of your tongue, and then the bittering dryness of those thinly spread hops and the real attack of those roasted barleys hitting the roof of your mouth, the back of your throat and the back of your tongue. A nice creamy head adds to this enjoyment. My only knock on this is the intense ending bitterness is probably a bit too much here, and the aroma is not anything i would call unique in any respects. Overall however a good staple for around the house and another must try again for the list.
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the one I was waiting for. It was the one I kept drinking while we talked about wyat a great tour they run and how much fun the place is. It took a while to warm to its best temperatures but it was nice and dark and has great nose (warm) and taste.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slowly diminishing, frothy, tan head. Subtle chocolatey-malty aroma. Very nice. Very dark mahogoney color. Smooth chocolate-malt taste transitioning into a delicate coffee finish. Anchor does it right, once again.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2003 2J1 bottle code (October 2002 tasting). Withstood one of the hottest summers on record in non-climate controlled warehouse. Enormous rocky oily head. Huge flavor profile; alternating hops, chocolate and traces of coffee. Long, dry finish.
2G? bottle code (December 2002 tasting). Huge rocky head; intense, molasses-like, then choclate, then subtle coffee, wow, when fresh, the definative example of the style!