BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep earthy dark brwon with an initial HUGE rocky and creamy head with very good lace. Too huge, overcarbonated. The aroma hints of caramel and burnt malts, bittersweet chocolate, used coffee grounds, berry, light piney and floral hops, and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts twangy and bittersweet. The mocha and malt nature is present with a mild hop undertone. The finish displays the standard smoky and coffee characteristics found in many porters. This medium to full-bodied beer has a lively and rich mouthfeel, chalky after a while. Not too shabby indeed, this porter is quite drinkable AFTER the head settles down.
hershiser2 (1800) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Paid $2.99 for a 1pt 6oz bottle.
JEZUZ, this brewery knows how to have a good head. I've had two from them now, and the heads were equally incredible! This one is again fluffy and tan, sitting atop a gorgeous black liquid.
Not much of a smell here... I really wish here was.
Smooth bittersweet taste, that's actually kinda plain and thin. Nothing compared to the appearance of this brew. Not bad, but not even the slightest bit original.
I'm still going to look for more from this brewery. They make beautiful beers!
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I like it when a brewery makes a porter with a decent amount of hops present. Very nice balance in this warm beer.
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 (5434) - 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 (2711) - 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 (4125) - 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.