jtw (1098) - 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 (8113) - 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 (5335) - 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!
Indra (2616) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Massive roasted malt aroma, dark and faintly sweet, with some charred grain, espresso, and dark chocolate, along with faint notes of prune and licorice. Black in color, showing some red-brown around the edges, bottle-conditioned, with a creamy, light tan head. Malty, sweet, caramel start, becoming more rich and chocolatey and a roasty, faintly smoky, coffeeish and long finish with lingering notes of incredibly light, fruity tartness. Smooth, thick, creamy mouthfeel, low effervesence and full-bodied. Very refined and generous character. Excellent porter. Thanks again, Jeff.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 Nice black porter with a thin tan bubblehead. Some lacing. This is a great smelling porter. It reminds me of some Imperial Stouts. Coffee, chocolate, cherry?, malts. Great flavor as well. Nice burnt marshmallow flavor, syrupy, slightly spicy and smoked. This is really quite a nice beer. I am surprised by how good this beer actually is. It has a great warming effect. This is a great winter beer.
2006-02-20Tasted again at the brewery from the hand pumped tap. Very nice, smoother, less carbonation obviously and very drinkable
hopscotch (9151) - 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.