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 (2413) - 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 thatís what they are aiming for, more of an English interpretation.
TAR (2401) - 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 bakerís 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.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Acrcadia has impressed me with this one..... I didnít think they made anything good besides the imperial. This was very dark, nice hoppy middle, with a chocolatly malt finish.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Warming, although maybe that is my empty stomach. Good toasted malt profile, thick and rich. Chocolate and slight hints of smoked malts, although this wasnt a dominating feature. Bitterness perceived at the end of the sip and at the finish of drinking.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mostly diminishing head. Has a little bit of a bite to it. Malty, chocolate flavor. But also a little bitter in the finish. This one is a good, a repeater for sure.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hearty, smoky, flavorful beer that keeps you warm on a cold winterís night. Take a great, great Porter, and add an acceptable level of smokiness, and this is a classically flavored beer.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very dark brown color with nice dark brown head, taste was of roasted chocolate malt, subtle smokiness, with a lightly hop finished with a small hint of citrus. a very good porter