1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Chuck! Pours to medium thickness creamy than head atop a black body. Awesome lacing. The aroma is dark fruits, chocolate, smoke. The flavor is smoked meat, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits. Pretty good for what this is. The palate is thick, rich, and creamy
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark color w/ a nice small tan head decent lacing breaks up a bit quickly. Smells a touch smoky very roasty malts light chocolate and coffee. Palate is well coated good creaminess num. Flavor is a good smoky rich roasted malt hints of chocolates and a nice mild bitter hop in the finish. This is good, possibly the best porter i’ve ever tried.
jcr (2554) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells of chocolate and tastes of chocolate (and caramel and malt with a hint of smoke). Pleasant consistency and smooth, thick after coating with a bit of lingering bitterness. Just a hint of smokiness.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Couleur brune, semi opaque, peu de mousse brune pale n’adhérant pas à la paroi du verre. Cacao, caramel grillé, vin et fruits rouges sous une faible présence de souffre et de légumes bouillis. Faible en goût, timides fruits rouges et amertume provenant du malt grillé, étalement court, légère carbonatation.
tennisjoel (1362) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice mix of chocolate, malt, and coffee flavors. Not too strong of taste which I prefer in the porter style. Good appearance with great lace. Bought this one with a mix and match your own six pack. Would consider buying a six pack in the future.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown appearance, light brown head quickly recedes to a cover. Mellow roasted caramel has a touch of anise to it. The hops are mellow, but give the impression of a lactic component rather than citric. Herbal, chocolatey in a milky fashion. Honest roastiness, earthy, oily, comfortable in mouth. Low carbonation, medium bodied, excellent mouthfeel, slightly oily and smooth, rich for a porter though I’m very surprised it is 7%. Good flavour balance, but as with most porters, I’m left on my appetite, I can’t think of a time when I’ll crave for a porter.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Rating update, bottle enjoyed circa Thanksgiving 2005.
Picked up some seductive smoke action and am loving this porter even more.
Original review - July 2005, on tap at the brewery.
Creamy, spontaneous tan head on a mostly opaque, mahogany lacquered, deep hue body. Conservative mocha aroma with some accents of semi-sweet Tollhouse morsels and fudge brownies. Creamy as a porter can be. So smooth, with sweet seductive flavors of chocolate and roasted malts, caramelized and roasted pecans, and a dash of freshly brewed espresso. Everything is dead-on. Very, very nice porter.
MartinT (9319) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 The Lure:
Dry roastiness and dark chocolate frown at the grainy, rice-like personas hanging in the back. Raisins and figs try to shift their attention, but fail after a while.
Roasted malt gives bitterness and flavor to coat the dark chocolate, as smoke slowly rises in the background. Body and flavor intensity are satisfying throughout. Well-done no doubt, but nothing special was in my bottle. After a few bottles now, I’m not sure this ages or travels well. Some have been decent but boring, some have been very good, others unpleasant in the nose, but highly pleasurable once tasted.
A hard-working employee obviously deserves a reputation for reliability.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle at the 2005 Bad-burek party. Dark and burned and smokey. I loved it. Rich overtones of chocolate malt and molasses. Limited roasted flavor placing it soundly in my porter taste preference. Great malt body and mouth feel. A tremendous beer to cleanse your palate of over-hopped IPA’s during such a session.
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from a 12 oz bottle a dark brown color. Medium sized tan/beige foamy head, with mild lacing. Aroma is coffee and chocolate, hint of cherries and fruit. A medium to full bodied porter. Malts are chocolate and coffee, somewhat fruity. Smooth taste. Nice coffee flavored finish. Excellent porter, good flavors without being over the top about it. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.