drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In true Anderson style the hops are the most noticeable feature of this beer. After that, the espresso gets you and never really quite leaves. Very piney, bittersweet, acidic, and a touch smokey. For a porter this is a bit lacking in palate appeal, but retains that Northwest tastiness.
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with hints of vanilla and orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Great no-frills porter...mostly roast and chocolate malts, but cleanly done and very light on the PNW-style hops. Great flavor balance; extremely quaffable.
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Inky black with a tall tan head. Malty, slightly chocolatey aroma with a hint of hops. Starts out mildly chocolately sweet then finishes with a nice roasted mild bitterness.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black color with a medium sized, tan colored head. The aroma is malty with chocolate, strong and bitter coffee notes, and hops. Full bodied with medium carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Initial flavors are sweet and malty with a lightly bitter finish with hints of chocolate. Nice porter.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Real dark chestnut/mahogany brown body with a thick light brown head. Rolling, lumpy and shiny. Real dense. Chocolatey, milky, hints of vanilla, light floral tones and some cobwebs. Rich and sweet initially, then some floral tones. Roastey finish, well drawn out and fairly complex, the sweetness gives way to the bitterness of the roasted malts, dark cocoa finish. Nice sheets of lace as well.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
soft milky aroma, dark black with a thin head, milky then choclatey with a bitter northwest hop finish
jazz88 (2592) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown to black with a lush brown head that lasts all the way to the bottom. Smooth and a little creamy with roasted malts, a touch of coffee, and a definite chocolate aftertaste.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like pine. . .you know like an super-hopped west coast IPA. . .light brown, transparent. . . extremely sweet, citrus, hoppy flavour. . .what is going on hear? Not my idea of a porter.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Perhaps the strangest porter Iíve had to date. Not too dark. Chocolate and coffee are evident throughout, but a large amount of hops are present. At times I thought I was drinking a black IPA. I liked it, but for the style, itís nothing special.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bomber. Vinious faintly smoky aroma. Malt flavor is chocolate that is quickly hijacked by a harsh smokiness, and then finished by a long sour wine-like finish.