steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown with mild head. Nose is of coffee and chocolate. No noticable hops. Flavor is winelike with sweet/salty character. Roasted, coffee finish.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared with ratebeerians Ernest and Aubrey.
Aroma of chocolate, roasted grain, dry and sweet notes, english hops and expresso.
Really nice flavor. Comparible to Fuller’s in many way except slightly more bitter. Medium bodied with notes of raisins, chocolate, vanilla, subtle smoke and some tangy notes on the finish. I thought this was a little to hoppy but I still enjoyed it.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely dark hue, deep brown, with crimson highlights, under a lovely, creamy tan head.
Everything good in a porter combines in this nose: it’s a bit bitter, but largely smooth, creamy, full of coffee notes, plus a hit of cocoa, sweet, then dry. Light, but abundantly flavorful.
Full mouthfeel, big, bittersweet interaction on the palate, wonderfully dark and warm, rich and delicious. Here’s another porter-done-right from the Midwest. Wow, very nice. The name beckons comparisons to Fuller’s, but it reckons well against it.
Once again, where I a Michiganer, this would see frequent rotation in the ol’ fridge.
Very, very good.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly opaque with a large frothy tan head. Has a great, wonderfully smooth chocolate and caramel malty aroma. Body starts with a rich, milk chocolatey sweetness showing a touch of sourness before turning to a dry, roasty finish. This could stand to be a bit more complex and balanced, but it’s still a very nice porter. Thanks hopsrus!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is dark tarnished brown with ruby edges, thin tan head, whispy skim left over after fading with a thin collar; lacing moderately sticking in strings.
Aroma is quite intriguing with Reeses peanut butter cups and roastyness mixed with coffee notes when first taking it in. Carob, perhaps even alfalfa sprouts approach some of the nose as it warms. Very interesting qualities.
Taste has a nice peppering smooth vegetable oil sweetness thats struck with cocoa and chocolate, peanut butter and coffee. Very apparent drying finish of left over chocolate and cocoa mixing with a good portion of coffee. Bitterness is mild but nice of chocolate, coffee roast, and slight dry hop. Very nice finisher and one interesting taster. Subtle and complex, but not overly potent or strong.
Feel is lightly creamy, smooth, mediumness in its body, fairly hefty drying finish, but tends to ware off its effects once you get use to it. At first, the finish was absolutely wonderful but it seemed to fade off as the glass emptied.
This was oh so close to getting the next notch up in numbers, but it didn’t quite bowl me over enough to do just that. But I wouldn’t turn this down for nothing. A nice porter for sure and recommend trying it out.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark opaque black body. The tan body is medium not quite creamy not quite foamy. The aroms defies porter, malts, light smoke, hops, and a tinge of sourness. The flavor is very rich and complex, surprising for a porter. Moderate roasted malts, and malty sweetness is perfectly offset by just enough bitterness and smokiness. Medium-full bodied, this is the real surpirse. A really good porter, one of the best I have had. Thanks to BBB63.
Sammy (8011) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
balanced clear ovaltine malt and bittersweet chocolate and complex taste. Beautiful creamy head , complex aroma, black colour. Full mouth feel with mild roasted taste, not too coffee.. Some carbonation of hops.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black with red hints, big off white head. huge chocolatey aroma with some caramel, malt and wood. flavbour is big chocolate all the way through with some roasty coffee and a bit of tart malt. smooth mouthfell. very nice porter.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a nice dark ruby, black from a distance, moderate tan head. Big milk chocolate nose, malty, some caramel, a tiny bit of roast. BIg chocolate flavor, malty, slightly sweet, quite full. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. An excellent porter, especially considering I drank this right after an Imperial Stout and this put it to shame.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2006 Great chocolate flavor, with some smokiness and excellent after taste. Came in a winter brew pack and what a perfect place for it. A good porter.