hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark ale. Hazy, crimson hue appears when held up to bright light.
The nose is of rich chocolate, smoke and macadamia nuts. Small notes of perfumey and citrusy hops.
The perfectly-balanced flavor is all about chocolate and astringency. Small bursts of coffee, caramel and vanilla.
Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation.
Short, crisp, clean finish with a touch of freshly cut grass as the finale. Damn good porter. Another winner from Arcadia!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown. Medium,fizzy,tan head. Leaves nice patch,and some lace. Lots of chocolate,roast,in the aroma,with smoke and hops underlying. Medium body,firm texture. Chocolate,caramel,roasty flavors. Lingering dark fruit on the tounge. Finish is long,and roasty but well balanced with hops. I love this porter!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely dark brown with a bubbly tan head. THe nose is very roasty w/ a touch of smoke in it. It's a medium bodied brew with a smooth finish and a chocolatey taste. This is a very good porter. thanks to herbjones for sharing
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Midnight black pour with a light tan head. Beautiful roasty,smoke, chocolate nose. Sweet front with milk chocolate and coffee as the dominant flavors. A very nice brew with a medium/light creamy mouthfeel. A slight bitterness near the finish helps to balance out the chocolatey sweetness.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a thick black body topped by a medium thick brown head with a decent amount of lacing. The aroma of this beer is quite amazing. It's sweet and full of chocolate, malt and coffee. A slightly bitter roastiness is noticed in the background. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter with a roasty coffee note, a touch of chocolate and a slight saltiness. The finish is bitter and roasty. Full bodied and very smooth.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super dark with a light brown head. Huge bitter chocolate aroma is very robust. Massive cocoa, coffee and chocolate notes along with hints of dark fruit and alcohol. Fuggles galore. A very tasty porter.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a persistent tan head. The aroma has a great cocoa powder start with a bitter coffee, smoke, caramel, bitter coffee and hop finish. Thick and full, with a silky smooth mouthfeel. The flavor really brings out the nose and adds to it some nice plum/raisin fruitiness. The alcohol, while not incredibly high, is very well hidden. I had skeptical for some reason, and that was a damn shame. This is a great beer and one I plan to drink on a regular basis.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible! Dark brown color with a nice beige head. The aroma was near perfect for a real porter...roasty, dark fruits...plums, raisins, and a gentle sourness to round things out. The flavor was full, big...roasted coffee, plums, raisins, smoked wood, and some sour milk. Medium thick consistency made this brew extremely enjoyable. I say this is the best American version of a traditional English porter.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of an expensive chocolate truffle. Smokey chocolate and espresso notes. Smooth.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with just a bit of light coming through, short lived tan head that does produce good lacing. Very strong malty aroma of chocolate, espresso, molasses, and nuts. Undertone of ripe grapes, smoke, and spice. Taste comes out as sweet/sour and dry, then a smoky and spicy tones announces their arrival. Left with a lingering hoppy bitterness and woody dry feel. Medium to full-bodied with a oily and soft mouthfeel. The finish did have a bit of an alcohol taste has the beer warmed up. One stylish porter, right up there with the best American versions. Recommended.