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 it’s still a very nice porter. Thanks hopsrus!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is dark tarnished brown with ruby edges, thin tan head, whispy skim left over after fading with a thin collar; lacing moderately sticking in strings.
Aroma is quite intriguing with Reeses peanut butter cups and roastyness mixed with coffee notes when first taking it in. Carob, perhaps even alfalfa sprouts approach some of the nose as it warms. Very interesting qualities.
Taste has a nice peppering smooth vegetable oil sweetness thats struck with cocoa and chocolate, peanut butter and coffee. Very apparent drying finish of left over chocolate and cocoa mixing with a good portion of coffee. Bitterness is mild but nice of chocolate, coffee roast, and slight dry hop. Very nice finisher and one interesting taster. Subtle and complex, but not overly potent or strong.
Feel is lightly creamy, smooth, mediumness in its body, fairly hefty drying finish, but tends to ware off its effects once you get use to it. At first, the finish was absolutely wonderful but it seemed to fade off as the glass emptied.
This was oh so close to getting the next notch up in numbers, but it didn’t quite bowl me over enough to do just that. But I wouldn’t turn this down for nothing. A nice porter for sure and recommend trying it out.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark opaque black body. The tan body is medium not quite creamy not quite foamy. The aroms defies porter, malts, light smoke, hops, and a tinge of sourness. The flavor is very rich and complex, surprising for a porter. Moderate roasted malts, and malty sweetness is perfectly offset by just enough bitterness and smokiness. Medium-full bodied, this is the real surpirse. A really good porter, one of the best I have had. Thanks to BBB63.
Sammy (10017) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
balanced clear ovaltine malt and bittersweet chocolate and complex taste. Beautiful creamy head , complex aroma, black colour. Full mouth feel with mild roasted taste, not too coffee.. Some carbonation of hops.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black with red hints, big off white head. huge chocolatey aroma with some caramel, malt and wood. flavbour is big chocolate all the way through with some roasty coffee and a bit of tart malt. smooth mouthfell. very nice porter.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a nice dark ruby, black from a distance, moderate tan head. Big milk chocolate nose, malty, some caramel, a tiny bit of roast. BIg chocolate flavor, malty, slightly sweet, quite full. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. An excellent porter, especially considering I drank this right after an Imperial Stout and this put it to shame.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2006 Great chocolate flavor, with some smokiness and excellent after taste. Came in a winter brew pack and what a perfect place for it. A good porter.
jsquire (3866) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer in my chalice with ruby hints around the edge when held up to the light. Thin brown head with a lasting ring. Very smooth and well balanced with lots of wood, chocolate and faint coffee. It avoids the cloying sweetness of lesser porters. Really nice porter.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to CB and TAR for sending me such a brew!
Pours with an insanely opaque body and a small kaki head. The nose is dry and full of mocha… actually not a whole lot going on with the aroma. The flavor is punchy with highly kilned chocolate malts… I really adore the charred oak, smoky, mocha flavors here, a little toffee is apparent as well. The palate is Surreal! One of the most creamy beers I have ever sampled! Buttery and Velvety are not even appropriate to illustrate the texture.. only Dreamlike will work! A Profound Beer!
ClarkVV (4646) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If I wasn't committed to sticking to just the above guidelines, I'd take off points for the lame copy of the name. There's only one true London Porter, and it's not this one. Anywho, Pour is dark dark brown, with some deep mahogany hints and a small lived mocha colored head. Mostly hazy, they claim it is bottle conditioned. No sediment sitting at the bottom though. Aroma is of caramel syrup, fuggles, light ethanol esters and a dry almost astringent barley note. Begins with a soft, sweet chocolate malt flavor, like hot chocolate with lots of extra sugar. Mouthfeel is right away lightly syrupy. The chocolate gives way to some lightly bitter hops mixed in with some moderately apparent smoke, though it is a bit acidic when combined with the hops. The main part of the body has plenty of fuggles. If I close my eyes, it could almost pass for a hoppy pale ale. . . until you get some more bitter coffee and chocolate. Towards the end there is a big barley grain flavor, rich soil, a musty old basement and some dark chocolate. More hops notes and finally the usual Arcadia dose of alcohol. Not big and domineering but also not terribly enjoyable for a finish. All in all, I like my porters a lot less watery, as this body seems loosely held together. Medium it is, and quite smooth and drinkable. A good porter for sure, and with lots of complexities, but to me it dosent quite "nail the landing".