raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown. Firm,creamy,khaki,head. Nice patchy lace. Aromas of malt(tar,roasty),and some leafy hops. Oily,extremely creamy,palate. Great roasty,cocoa,burnt flavors. Bittersweet finish..roasty and sweet. Excellent porter,will buy this more often.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a dark red black with a tan head and good lace. The aroma is of roasted malt and hops. The flavor is roasty malt, fairly hopped, and just overall nice for a Porter with a rich mouthfeel. Overall, a decent Porter, but very much like liquid dark chocolate.
fly (1431) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
How is it that I have so many beers that I have had so many times and never rated? Has anyone got the RWD yet?
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark opaque brown with creamy tan head. malty sweet chcoclate nose.
Taste is sweet, roaty/chocolate with a bit of an anise seed flavor behind it all. fairly dry finish, no notable hop character.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful chocolatey aroma and beautiful appearance, but the flavor was a bit lighter than expected. More fruity than I anticipated, and the roasted notes were not as prominent as I thought they should be. Still a very nice porter, but I would choose Sierra Nevada's version over this.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (355ml). There seems to be some debate about whether this is a porter (a bit rich for that) or a stout (a bit light bodied for that?). What the hell, let's just call it an excellent beer. Black with a hint of ruby. Almost opaque. Malty with sourish hoppy notes on the nose. Pontefract cake (licorice) and bitter chocolate too, which carries through on to the palate. Quite rich, but not heavy bodied. Bitter chocolate (again) and espresso coffee on the finish. No hint of sweetness. Spiffing stuff.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled and on tap at the brewery: dark as night when poured with a tan creamy loose head. some slight hop nose with toffee, toased aroma. taste has the choc, burnt character with a burst of hops as well. this is a top notch porter and one i think of for a good standard in the class. i dont drink much of this but i should drink more...
DanielBrown (4112) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Rai Wines, Harborne, Birmingham. Little aroma, but some choc. Jet black and a nice beige head, displaying a rocky personality. Amazing, fabulous smooth coffe cream taste. This is a brilliant, rounded pint - sweet smooth, creamy, balanced. All the flavours are in there, and there is a nice hint of bitterness in the mouthfeel. Top notch.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lightly winey aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavor, good mouthfeel. Rides the line between a sweet and robust porter. Fine, but nothing exceptional.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really liked this basically black Anchor offering. Malt and chocolate with maybe some mild coffee visited my nose before my tongue was treated to a smooth, sweet, roasted mocha, almost stout-like texture mouthful. Left with a slightly bitter but mostly understated sweet wave goodbye. A must have for porter lovers.