SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The taste of this beer was a little more acidic than I expected but still very satisfying. Think Iíll have another.
Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I dont think this is a very good tasting beer. But that does not say a whole lot coming from me because i do not like too many porters.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2008 This beer was the shit. I would buy this again anyday of the week if I could find it in South Dakota. It is very dark with a creamy head and a smooth ass taste.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Though I like this, thereís something a little weird about the flavor, maybe the black licorice combined with some acidity; it has a nice chocolate nose and looks beautiful in the glass with a large, creamy head- some lacing present; it has a well balanced bitterness complementing a somewhat thick malty palate; I like it, but this is overrated, and I prefer other porters.
OldGrowth (2906) - 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 (2722) - 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 Iím 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. Iíve 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 mamaís 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)