FlacoAlto (4152) - 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 (5657) - 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 (1532) - 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!
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Typical porter with some roastiness in taste and aroma but I found it had an odd watery taste. As if water had a taste.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, dark black in color, nice lasting creamy off-white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, roasty chocolate-coffee aromas. Roasted burnt chocolate coffee flavors, nice bitter-sweet flavors, good roasted bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a full and creamy mouthfeel, good stuff.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 Pours with a dark brown to black body with red accents topped by a huge lasting tan head with a decent amount of lacing. Bitter yet slightly sweet malt aroma with very slight coffee/chocolate notes. Slightly bitter malt flavor with a touch of sweet chocolate and notes of roasted coffee. The finish is slightly bitter with slight roasted coffee notes. Medium to full bodied and slightly smooth with a tingle from the carbonation.
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Took notes on this one a while back - didn't make it to RB. Pretty earthy/floral-hoppy aroma for a porter, backed by chocolate, and toast. On the dry side with coffee coming out on the taste. Refreshing earthy bitter finish. May be a little on the thin side.
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown with a medium brown head. Quite a smokey aroma, like a charcoal grill. Big malt profile. Starts large and musty smoke/coffee/cigar, then turns a little mellow, and ends sweet, bubbling across the tongue. I like.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very robust. Deep opaque black with a thin sandy colored head. Aroma is replete with roasty goodness. Flavor is strong, with a thick mouthfeel. Very roasty, with a hint of black cherry and chocolate. Very good.