Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer as it takes its leave of the bottle and takes up temporary residence in my glass a piceous color with some light ruby high lights, the head mastodonic in size, spumous in texture and a toothsome tan in color, the lace a thick and glutinous sheet to smother the glass. Nose is lightly floral, the sweet malt dominate, fresh, crisp and clean, also noticed some light toasted grain and caramel, a fine nose tis true. Start is lusciously sweet, the malt delightful, the top middling in its feel to the palate, finish is pesky in its acidity, the hops pleasing in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, another winner from a fine brewery, and well worth the sample in my humble opinion.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfectly acceptable and delicious tasting porter - my first Anderson Valley beer in over 20 years of tasting (no reason, just the way it worked out). But I liked it just fine!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have to give this the best rating of all the Anderson Valley that I've had - the brewery is pretty consistent and good, but not outstanding, and this beer is even more so (?!). Perched right on the border between a really roasty bitter coffeeish porter and one with a great deal of chocolate malt, this has a great mingling of flavor. It defines a session porter. Dark dark, with ruby tints, the head is a roiling ecru living thing, and the body is supple, not too thin as some porter s can be - a delight!
jgb9348 (5097) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black in colour with a dense thick brown head. Aroma of cherries, dark chocolate and some roasted malt. Medium-bodied; Watery mouthful-but still full of flavour. Dark chocolate, cherries and coffee nuances are felt throughout the taste. Aftertaste bland but showing some of the malty and 'dark' tastes. Overall, actually fairly respectable for the style, a bit watery, but shows tremendous flavour regardless. A nice find and a good beer to try! I shared this 65 cL bottle purchased at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington with JonR888710. I sampled this one on 29-November-2003.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Perfectly black, no brown or anything else. Bone-white, medium thick head. Smells of hops (NO coffee or chocolate). Taste is medium malt with average hops. Nothing special aout this beer. Purchased at Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor in Washington, DC.
Indra (2707) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant malty aroma, roasty and grainy, with hints of raisin, licorice, espresso and dark brown sugar. Dark brown shade, with a light, creamy head. Roasty flavor, a good amount of semi-sweet chocolate and spicy, lightly citric hop flavors, with a background balanced well between dryer malt toastiness and burnt sugary sweetness, becoming substantially more bitter towards the finish. Medium body, with a smooth, slightly chewy mouthfeel. Solid porter.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A light brown, thick head tops this beer, quite dense in fact. A deep, deep brown to black colored beer. A fruity aroma emanates from the glass, maybe a hint of plum and fig. Then as your nose goes deeper into the glass for a solid sniff, you get the roasted/ coffee malt notes. Beer is dry up front, then you get the roasted flavors, it finishes with a light malty sweetness. A hint of dark fruit. After the beer has left your mouth it leaves it with a dry feeling. A nice amount of body to this beer, perhaps a bit thicker than some porters. Still feels like a good session type beer. Perhaps a hint of alcohol in the finish, but this beer has not real flaws. A well crafted porter that is unassuming and a wonderful workhorse porter.
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a moderate tan head. Rich malted aromas with light chocolate and mild coffee tones. Starts out a touch sweet but, settles into its own with a rich dark chocolate panache. Like most of this brewer's faires a touch hoppy, but I'm not complaining.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark ruby brown. Pale tan head. Roasted grainy nose. Smooth, luscious body, although a bit thin, is lightly roasted, creamy, faintly acidic, light chocolate, coffee, finishing with mild mannered, bitter-sweet hops. A very quaffable porter, but nothing to go streaking through town about!
igneous1 (1515) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very dark, with only a little light shining through at the top. aroma is all malt and grains. flavor is excellent balance of malt and hops. hops are damned subtle though. quite a bit of the chocolate...surprisingly great!