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!
eRenner (11) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a fine example from what we expect from the folks at Anchor. Great initial flavour, smooth palate, pleasant aroma and the presence of hops (perhaps understated for me). I will agree that the viscosity is a bit thin, however the does not detriment the overall impression too severely.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At first, a sweet sting, giving way to a understated bitterness that continues. Very nice indeed.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2007 I’ve had this beer many times over the past few years, but never rated it. This is the defining beer for many a young person, I think. First off, I think it is very true to style; a bit thin, fair to great carbonation with a thin lasting head, quite dark (rubyish with intense light) in the glass. Chocolate malt sweet/nut aroma and flavor, dark malt roasted coffee and bitterness, some (although not a lot) hop bitternes in the close. All in all, an exceptional package. The only beer I know so closely that I waited this long to rate. And, this will be one of several beers of honor at my birthday party the 28th; the hostess (a professor colleague) loves it, we’ve got this year’s seniors travelling back into town to celebrate, and students of mine over the past two years will be coming from far flung places such as Boston and Providence. I’m a lucky man.
RichardGretton (4449) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee flavour and aroma is prominent with this lightly hopped beer. Overwhelmingly smooth palate on the palate. A brilliant beer.