badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 Original Rating Oct 23, 2002: Mmmmmm... Anchor Porter. Cold espresso with some roasted malt added. Very fine. 9/5/8/5/18 Re-rate Aug 9, 2008: Ah early ratings... It’s about time I got back to this one. Dark brown color with a large, long lasting head. Sweet malt and lightly toasted aroma. Bitter roasted malt taste, almost astringent. A little bit of coffee and chocolate. Still a staple Porter, but nowhere near "the shit" that I originally thought this was. But who could blame me? It was one of my first real beers!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 18, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a fiery ruby core.Thick tan head fades quickly.Nose of roasted malt,some coffee and bitter chocolate.Nice full palate with a velvety texture. This is the one I would offer to someone as a representative of the style. Cant go wrong with this.
Slovak34 (99) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good tasting porter. Has a nice dark color and a good coffee/chocolate flavor.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very very smooth with an interesting mix of hops/burnt hops and malt. Definite coffee and chocolate flavors in there too. Great porter.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head. The nose is dominated by licorice and black coffee. The palate is rich, but medium in body. The hops are there, but not overwhelming. Much of the bitterness seems to come from dark malts. The finish is long and full of bittersweet chocolate. A good bottom fermented porter.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark brown to black beer is topped with a thick head. The coffee like malt aroma is laced with hints of chocolate and licorice. the flavor is slightly smokey with coffee and licorice and the finish is dry and full of coffee flavor.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black color, large thick creamy head. Roasted malt aroma. Deep rich roasted malts and flavor. Coffee and chocolate flavor. Slightly sweet. Good hop to malt balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and slightly hoppy. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a very slight metallic tinge. Nice tasting porter, smooth and very drinkable.
Nate (3549) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Chocolate and roasted malts, sweet with bit of vanilla though slight metallic nose. Dark brown-black with big, lacing frothy light brown head. Medium-light oily body with low-med carb. Mellow roastiness with mild coffee-like bitterness. Sweet to start followed by smooth sweet nutty after. A very nice porter.
Updated on 2008-02-02: Either the recipe has changed a bit or I’m just not as impressed as before; Downgraded my numbers to 3.8 from 4.2. Still a nice porter, but not as "wow" as I thought in the earlier days.
Nuffield (3636) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely balance of port and mocha-like flavors. Warm and rich, lovely color, too, although a slightly thin body. Very much won my approval. (on tap, Flying Saucer, Addison, TX)
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2003 pours black with a billowing tan head (not sure how that happened) aroma is a light coffee, and roasted malt. flavor is kind of sweet, with a licorice flavor. not as robust as I remember it being the last time I had it. my tastes may have changed since then, but this is still a wonderful porter.