Rastacouere (6159) - 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 Iím very surprised it is 7%. Good flavour balance, but as with most porters, Iím left on my appetite, I canít think of a time when Iíll 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 (8550) - 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, Iím 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 IPAís during such a session.
beerguy101 (5338) - 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.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle poured a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is mostly coffee and roasted malts. I didnít pick up the chocolate in this one that alot of other raters did. Maybe a touch of cocoa and caramel. Carbonation was light in this one it was medium bodied. Pretty much an average porter to me. The words London Porter make me think of Fullerís which this is definitely not.. Nothing exciting here...
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color, fruity chocolate malt aroma, wine mixed with malt and toffee taste. really didnít detect any smoke,maybe it wasnít warm enough
Tmoney99 (11915) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brownish/black hue with large light brown head. Complex aroma coffee and smoke. Full body with long complex bitter finish. Flavor was full with coffee, chocolate and caramel. Well above average brew and I look for more brews from this brewer.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks heemer77! Pours with a fizzy soda head that fades just like cola fizz...almost opaque black...aromas of molasses, carmel, chocolate...complex but mild aroma...thick beer, full body...this seems a little flat...but it is full of robust flavor...a bit of smokey nuance does hide below the layers of chocolate and carmel...finishes with a good bitterness. Pretty good beer.
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2005 Very dark black with just a hint of brown and red light peaking through with bright light. A thick tan head on top. The aroma is rich roasted coffee with chocolate and some caramel. The taste is rich coffee and dark chocolate. There are some notes of pears and nutmeg. Very solid porter.