BBB63 (5938) - 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.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color with a medium non-lasting tan head. A port like aroma and taste, even with the high ABV( for a porter) this lacked complexity and depth. The roasted malts were there but off-set by the port-like attributes. I became tired of this after half a glass.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellent porter. Extremely dark, with a tan, lasting head and plenty of lacing. Arcadia London Porter is on the malty side, with sweet malts dominating the palate. London Porter actually has much more in common with their Imperial Stout than does the Starboard Stout. However, the London Porter lacks the "off" flavors I found the Imperial Stout contained (maybe I just drank a bad bottle or two). An excellent porter. A new favorite, along with Anchor Porter.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark in color for a porter, looks like a stout. Large head for a big beer. Full bodied. Smokey, roasted flavor. Complex flavor I can taste some chocolate and coffee. Slight bitterness on the finish.
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightest hint of alcohol in the aroma, strong sweet chocolate notes. Hints of bourbon in the malt, overall surprisingly sweet for the style. Not as chocolatey as most porters. Alcohol comes through a little too much in the finish. A little more roasted malt flavor might have balanced that out better...
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 Poured an almost opaque, black body. Nice tan head that diminishes to a thin line sticking to the glass. No lacing.
Smelled like roasted malts. Lots of roastiness in the aroma.
Perfectly balanced roasted malt/hop character. Smokiness was more complex in the flavor than aroma. Picked up both the roasted malt and coffee.
Nice, slight carbonation that picked the hops ever so slightly.
This is one of the best porters I've had in quite some time!
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/31/03: bottle. beautiful black opaque color. heavy malt and coffee smell. sweet, heavily smoked malt taste. good example of a porter.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh, this was better than I had expected. Started off a bit rough though - seemed too carbonated and astringent - sharp edges of my tongue on the finish. I let it warm up a few minutes - much better. Full rounded mouthfeel. Medium thick malts - roasted with a bit of chocolate and caramel. I got smoke flavors mostly at the finish - a strong, but not overpowering smokey campfire taste, any stronger and it'd taste like "ashtray mouth" - I won't be kissing my wife for a few hours after this one! very good.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown appearance. Coffee and sweet malt in the nose, similar to the Starboard. Notes of sweet organic malt in the body with a touch of alcohol and a subtle hop finish. Spritzyness is an issue here though. Different than most American porters you will try, but that’s what they are aiming for, more of an English interpretation.
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tranluscent brown cola color capped by big bottle conditioned foam.
Brakspearesque aroma full of big roasted malt character alongside a hint of charred malt, wood, perfume, light raisin, plum, coffee bean, and phenolic trace. Full bodied palate begins spritzy, but somehow turns creamy, and gently massages the palate. Flavors begin very fruity, showing some sour raisin and plum. Then comes the long, complex finish with bittersweet flavors of cocoa and baker’s chocolate. A trace of leafy hop exerts itself to make this one of the most complex and tastiest porters on the market. Neck and neck with Brakspear and Fuller"s.