Frank (3471) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a light head. Nose is interesting--sort of musty with a whiskey-like note. Flavor follows suit. Rather dry, slightly fruity with a note of sterile gauze. A dab of bitterness finishes things out.
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep mahogany with large tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and a bit of smoke. Taste is consistent with the flavors of the aroma. Smooth medium body. Only knock is that it could have a bit longer of a finish. This one has held up well in the cellar.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice pour. Lives up to the commercial description - has a taste of chocolate, coffe, and a smoked taste. Somewhat disapointed with the bla aftertaste though.
IndianaRed (2960) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours black with dark brown edges nd a very robust creamy tan head. The smokey bittersweet chocolate aroma is right up front. There is also a bit of that porter sour tang as well. Falvors are a nice busy, multi-faceted medley of smoke, coffee dark woody notes and a little sweet spicey flavor. Fairly dry, and not heavy but smooth and easy on the carbonation. Pleasant, no surprises trailer that is slighlty dry. I had a few dissapointing porters lately, this one restores my faith in the style. Thanks Secret Santa whomever you are.
pootzboy (1653) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Northyorksammy for this bottle..Appreciated. Bottle sports a mug shot of Churchill and advertised "bottle conditioned ale"....these are good things....promising.
Pour reveals a dark red-mahogany liquid that is opaque in a larger tulip glass. Lovely 2 finger sticky mocha cap. Pronounced aromas of coffee, cocoa, molasses, dates, spice..hint of smoke.
Front side is malt dominated with the roasty-smokey, burnt toffee sweetness and then the palate fills with more complex tastes as the yeast spice and woody hops are detected....mouth feel is great!...very sturdy and substantial body for a porter without getting too filling and nearing the stout body.....still a very drinkable porter as porter should be.
Finish is slowly drying and the hops come forward as the malts recede on the tongue....light metallic aftertaste...a very well made and well executed porter that hints at "imperial porter" status but stays sufficiently dry and drinkable...nice porter..will go out of my way to get some on the next trip south.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2005 mmmmm porter...another great porter to add to the list of great porters from my michigan home...dark chocolate (almost black) color, nice medium bodied pour...smokey, milk chocolately, roasted, coffee taste (as expected); nice malty finish....some ways bitter, yet sweet
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 (1864) - Fort Collins, 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 Fullerís 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: itís 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. Hereís another porter-done-right from the Midwest. Wow, very nice. The name beckons comparisons to Fullerís, but it reckons well against it.
Once again, where I a Michiganer, this would see frequent rotation in the olí fridge.
Very, very good.
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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 itís still a very nice porter. Thanks hopsrus!