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
aracauna (2920) - Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have to say that I didnít catch the smoke in this one, but I did notice a richness that could have come from a subtle smoking. If so it suits the flavor well because this beer exhibits nothing that could offensive in flavor or aroma. Nice rich caramel, roasty malt flavor with some light hop notes to balance it out a bit. Nice thick tan head tops off a very black beer. I could get used to drinking beers like this.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very deep color with a light brown creamy head. Iíd expect a bit more aroma - light dark malt and some background smokiness; no hop. Immense chocolate flavor immediately followed by alot of alcohol and a distinct Fuggles flavor. Complex and full bodied with a warming character. Very nice!
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2004 Deep brown with a light-tan head; nice lace patterns. Super-fresh nose, made my mouth water before the first sip (chocolaty and roasted). After sipping, I was pleasantly rewarded by a blast of robustness. A mild sweetness (milky) followed behind with a softer step. Smooth and weighty mouthfeel with a tingly carbonation. Alcohol was hidden rather well; left me warm and fuzzy inside. Finished with a dry and coffee-like bitterness that lingered. Well made.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoa. Iím rerating this up, after trying it head to head with porters from Great Divide and Bells. This thing absolutely explodes with flavour. The adventure starts sweet and chocolate to open, moves almost creamily through bittering roasts and smokes, and ends, no kidding, with lemon merangue (nice call Michael) at the roof and a campfire in the throat. Iíve had very inconsistant previous experiences with Arcadia, but this beer is marvelous.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had a negative impression of this brewery for no really good reason. The beers are at least solid, and in a couple of instances, really good. I liked the Scotch and this one is quite good. Very nicely malted, very smoky, nice residues, but the lemony hop bitter finish is almost a perfect complement. Iím still learning about porters, believe me. The finish of this reminds me of the Lost Coast 8 Ball experience Iíve had...quite pleasurable.
SpecialBrew99 (57) - grand blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2002
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I must admit, I only bought this because it had Winston Churchill on the bottle. And the strong aroma and the strong porter taste just wasnít for me. If your into porters, this may be for you, but iím not, so...