jsquire (3309) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer in my chalice with ruby hints around the edge when held up to the light. Thin brown head with a lasting ring. Very smooth and well balanced with lots of wood, chocolate and faint coffee. It avoids the cloying sweetness of lesser porters. Really nice porter.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to CB and TAR for sending me such a brew!
Pours with an insanely opaque body and a small kaki head. The nose is dry and full of mocha… actually not a whole lot going on with the aroma. The flavor is punchy with highly kilned chocolate malts… I really adore the charred oak, smoky, mocha flavors here, a little toffee is apparent as well. The palate is Surreal! One of the most creamy beers I have ever sampled! Buttery and Velvety are not even appropriate to illustrate the texture.. only Dreamlike will work! A Profound Beer!
ClarkVV (3760) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If I wasn't committed to sticking to just the above guidelines, I'd take off points for the lame copy of the name. There's only one true London Porter, and it's not this one. Anywho, Pour is dark dark brown, with some deep mahogany hints and a small lived mocha colored head. Mostly hazy, they claim it is bottle conditioned. No sediment sitting at the bottom though. Aroma is of caramel syrup, fuggles, light ethanol esters and a dry almost astringent barley note. Begins with a soft, sweet chocolate malt flavor, like hot chocolate with lots of extra sugar. Mouthfeel is right away lightly syrupy. The chocolate gives way to some lightly bitter hops mixed in with some moderately apparent smoke, though it is a bit acidic when combined with the hops. The main part of the body has plenty of fuggles. If I close my eyes, it could almost pass for a hoppy pale ale. . . until you get some more bitter coffee and chocolate. Towards the end there is a big barley grain flavor, rich soil, a musty old basement and some dark chocolate. More hops notes and finally the usual Arcadia dose of alcohol. Not big and domineering but also not terribly enjoyable for a finish. All in all, I like my porters a lot less watery, as this body seems loosely held together. Medium it is, and quite smooth and drinkable. A good porter for sure, and with lots of complexities, but to me it dosent quite "nail the landing".
joet (2039) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! A wonderful beer. Loads of cocoas and robust roast and smoke. Bright aromas. Very aggressive for a porter but delicious nonetheless.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color with a nice creamy tan head and good lacing. The aroma is very roasty and smooth with some milk chocolate, mocha, vanilla, sage and some hop balance with the present alcohol. The flavor is very roasty and smoky, mostly sweet but not cloying so with some astringent dry finish to offset that sweet. This is a great porter, not exactly to style but who gives a shit when it's this good. Thanks jsquire!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, off white, almost tannish head, and lots of spotty lacing. Aroma is rather strong with the alcohol. Slowly blends in with a touch of smokiness, roast malts, some chocolate. Light caramel. Got to love the Goldings in there as well. Coffee comes out a bit more in the flavors, blending with the smoke and roastiness. Hops are there as well. Alcohol is not really noticable in the flavor. Fruit lingers throughout the beer. Oily palate, thick bodied and a finish of coffee.
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 What a rich and sweet smoky aroma full of smoked plums, grapes, tar, licorice and dark roast coffee. Very refreshing and sweet black flavor, coating the mouth with a thick oilfull of roasted fruits, smoked meats and grains and finishing off with a malty-sweet coating. A very fine porter.
Ernest (6013) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body
is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (milk chocolate, caramel, cookie, roasted grain/nuts), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), with a note of vanilla, hint of smoke. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Exquisite and unexpectedly rich, especially in the mouthfeel department. Outstanding flavor balance and a very enticing aroma. Elegant and classy. One of the best porters I've ever sampled.
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours syrupy, nearly black with some dark cherry hues on the edges. Head is minimal, but lacing is very sticky. Lovely aroma, toffee, coffee, and some very sweet chocolate. Smells very yummy! Toffee/Caramel up front, mild alcohol in the middle, with some bittersweet chocolate and assertive coffee bitterness at the finish. Lingering maltiness coast the mouth. Full bodied, a bit of a slick mouthfeel, very enjoyable this one is. Thanks goes out to raindog for the trade!
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Weak in all areas. Typical American half assed try at an British style. Points off for stealing Fuller's brand name. This has got a nice label but its not even close to Fuller's.