drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer begins surprisingly modest, slightly roasty and a touch sweet. But as it warms the beer takes on a wonderful cedary quality that is backed by an intensely roasted espresso malt that is almost rauchbier in character. Despite these very strong flavors, the beer maintains its wonderfully well rounded nature throughout all temperature changes.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black in colour. Aroma was of sweet chocolate, slight grains and malt. Flavour was sweet with some chocolate and a little roasty. Finishes sweet with a clean medium bitterness.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet aroma with a slight maltiness to it. Offers a robust chocolaty roasted flavor and finishes with a nice toastiness. Very delicious.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opened the bottle and was greeted by a robust bitter chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Poured jet black with cola colored head. Carbonation was mild, and the mouthfeel was smooth. Flavor was much like the aroma, bitter chocolate, toasty flavors, and hops. Dry, bitter, but clean finish.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured a deep rich dark brown with a nice brown head. toasted malt and chocolate aroma. wonderful mixing of chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, sweetness, with a just a touch of hop bitterness to satisfy the taste buds. wonderful full mouthfeel, outstanding.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great balanced(slightly complex) porter.Reminds me of other brews(great ones)but...this one gets the crown for porters.What a great creamy head(total choco-tinted)let it sit and it almost starts to caramelize.Roasted/malt/chocolate/licorice.Nice hops profile> dry finish.A true american? classic!
EKGoldings (629) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ron once played a trick on Bob by mixing Falstaff light with molasses and putting it in an Anchor Porter bottle and recapping. On opening it at the tasting, Bob simply noted it was sweeter than the Sierra Nevada porter we had just tasted. Well, the real thing tastes a heck of a lot better than Falstaff light and molasses I can tell you. Nice dark roast malt flavors and hop bitterness. A lot more enjoyable than I would have expected given that I seldom drink dark beers. This one I drained dry and licked the last drop from the upturned bottle.
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 Boy is this good beer... pours black with a brownish head. Sweet, bitter, huge mouthfeel and a bitter finish. A riskier combination of flavors than other notable porters, and good because of this.
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A satisfyingly rich, complex porter. Firm, creamy body with chocolate and fruit (subtle banana character) in the aroma and flavor; nice bitter hop/sweet malt balance mid-palate; mild alcohol warmth in the finish followed by a host of flavors in the aftertaste: coffee, molasses, yeasty dark bread, and a pleasant hop bitterness. Best to let this linger and let the aftertastes develop before taking another swig.
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - AUG 3, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black licorice dominates the aroma, building anticipation for tasting. At least three flavors run a relay-race during the swallow: an initial candy sweetness, a strong hoppy middle, and a final and enduring roasted taste. Not to be wasted on unsophisticates.