zach8270 (3863) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Dark brown pour with reddish highlights and a thin brown head. Roasty and chocolaty malt and coffee aroma. Initial flavor is chocolate that quickly goes to a coffee middle and a bitter coffee and hop finish. Very dry mouthfeel.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with some reddish tint. Head was a thin beige strip. Left a little lace. Chocolate and coffee nose. Toasty, Coffee and chocolate flavor, but not overpowering on either one, nicely done. A little hops in the back. Rich, creamy and dry. A must try.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
MMM, after having a bad stout before this one I was ready to quit drinking, But my girlfriend egged me on (god bless her) and I tried the Coal Porter. Hey by the way I was in Bar Harbor too. Great dark brown with a off white head. nice rich coffee smell and taste. Great way to finish my day off.
jsquire (3743) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I rated this from several samples at the Atlantic Brewing table at the Cavalier distributor show in Cincinnati. Mahagony hued beer with a foamy beige head. Lots of roasted coffee in the nose with some chocolate and ash. Lighter in body than I expected from the presentation. Flavors of coffee grounds, smoke, some licorice. Nice beer that I will buy if I see it around.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one pours nicely with a deep dark brown color highlighted by red at the edges, under a light tan head.
Nice sweet malt aroma.
The flavor is lightly roasted malt, with a dry palate and a lightly sharp finish. Some smokiness, but very subtle. I’d like just a bit more body, but this is a nice Porter and deserves a try.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black brown body, thin cocoa head, good lacing. Aroma is roasty chocolate - the same flavors abound in the palate. Nice medium thick body - very smooth - almost seems thicker than it actually is. Some smokiness in the bitter finish. Very nice brew
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black appearance with a moderate tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and charcoal. Now I see why they have the word COAL in the name. The flavor is quite dry with a smokey coffee taste. There is no sweetness to be found. An interesting porter indeed.
Suttree (5548) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish black, thin tan head. Nice burnt toast and tar aroma. Thick, toasty with a decent hop flavor, and hints of coffee. Also hints of chocolate and smoke. Nicely done.
rajendra82 (980) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This 12 oz. bottle arrived courtesy of Eyedrinkale as part of a great little trade. Poured into the pint glass, the body was of a burnt reddish black color and translucent when held up to the light. The head was foamy, off white and short lived. The lacing was very good. The aroma was chocolate, toffee, and grassy-floral hops. The taste was roasty and robust, with some plums, chocolate, coffee grounds, toffee, and woody smoke flavors drifting in and out. There was quite a bit of dryness, and herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium thick and packed a bit of an edge. Quaffable offering from a brewery located at one of my former stomping grounds in Bar Harbor, Maine. Necely done.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
08.22.04 12oz bottle. Black pour with amber highlights at the edges; very little head. Smells roasty and rich - licorice, ash, tar. Flavor is big, bitter, and roasty. Hardly any sweetness. More burnt toast than my kitchen on sunday morning. No sour flavor, but a certian acidic astringency on finish. Nice porter - could stand to be sweeter in its maltiness.