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.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 thick head atop a ruby color..aroma was a malty punch of molassis..flavor was extremely smooth in a slightly nutty and buttery way..some red fruits show through flanders style..chocolate, toffee, coffee cake..a solid nutty offering.
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have had a 22oz bottle of this for a couple of months. I finaly decided to crack it open. All the Anderson valley beers have impressed me-this one was kinda sub par-Deep dark black appearance, aroma was pretty skunky-head was tan/beige and rocky that discipated very quickly. Taste was chocolate and coffee with medium body. Not a bad porter, but there are many i would pick over this one. Now its time to try my 22oz of Winter Solstice that is a year old.
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black color, medium head. Medium bodied porter. Rich roasted malts, chocolaty and coffee like. Smooth flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is chocolaty. Very nice beer.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A fair version of a porter. Surprised by the abv, tasted less than that. Definitely dark but, like many American Porters, the palate was very,... well,... underwhelming.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brew.Huge tan head with a slight burnt aroma. Some coffee notes with a little chocolate coming through. Not as much body as its appearance would have you think.Decent beer though.Surprised it only has three ratings since itís everywhere in California.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep dark color, inch high head stays for awhile. small roof fo the mouth bite, with a medium thick mouthfeel. Sweet roasted bitternes at the end of the swallow followed by a sweet chocolate-y taste that stays. nice.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep, rich black porter. Initial aroma was milky and a sweet, but as the head dissipated aromas of sweet and roasted malts emerged, along with subtle fruity, woody and smokey flavors. These notes are for a version on tap in October 2001 from a fresh keg. Reading the other review, I went back and checked my notes and I found it to be a very full bodied porter. Hmmm...