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 (7887) - 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 (6161) - 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 (6211) - 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.
jtw (1086) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
standard black porter with a smallish, appealing tan head. strong coffee, smokiness, and malt in the aroma. the body is intensely malty and chocolatey, but it fades pretty quickly. extremely smooth for a robust 7%, but it tastes almost cloyingly sweet in the finish/palate. still, i like this a lot.
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head that lingers. Not too much lacing going on. Nice amount of nuts and coffee in the aroma. A little more rich than a lot of Porters, with a good amount of coffee, malt, chocolate and hops in the flavor. The finish is nutty with a bit of molasses. I liked this one.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
there's winston churchill on the label--his hand forming the famous sign which many folks took to mean "v for victory". in fact the august prime minister was simply ordering two more london porters. this is a big bodied porter that might pass for a sweet stout in a blindfolded taste test. a dark pour, like the inside of a deep hole on a moonless night-- but lit from some distant place with a glow of ruby firelight, and snug in a plush scarf of crema foam. gorgeous aroma, bold as a bulldog, fruity brown sugar chutney loaded with roasted nuts, smoke, coffee, chocolate, and a whisp of tia maria-- all with an abundance of charm-school poise and articulation. with the mastery of a great statesman and politician, these embittered sweet malts have the booming projection of flavors to rattle the back row of the palate, yet possess just as artfully the delicate modulations to enunciate in whispers with cunning clarity-- they emote of a sweet, full-bodied and tantalizingly bitter porter. hey winston, order a couple more for me too!
egajdzis (5275) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark brown, reddish hue with a nice creamy tan head, alittle lacing. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, and coffee. Huge sweet taste of chocolate and caramel with just alittle hop taste here as well. Mouthfeel is very full and creamy. This is an awesome porter!