rajendra82 (952) - 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 (2652) - 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.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogany brown with off white head (thick). Roasted nose with chocolate, coffee and other "dark" flavors. Rich with med-heavey mouthfeel, roasted coffee and chocolate flavors and a lingering burnt toast finish. Delicious!
Panzuriel (1299) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark and thick. Light does not penetrate. Neat thin head. Strong roasted malt flavor. Bitter coffee taste. Decent body. Flavor is too brief and does not last. Otherwise a solid beer.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 2004 bottle. Pours a dark dark chestnut brown with hints of violet and red tinges on the edges. Small beige head, quite bubbly with an exceptional aroma (figs, concord grapes, caramel, molasses) for a porter; especially seeing as how this one is not bottle conditioned. Flavor is immensely dry and quite vinous. But not too dry that it ruins the beer. As it warms, a delicious chocolate/plum brandy flavor arises, backed by a hearty medium-full body, nice zesty carbonation and a chewy chocolatey finish. The hops add notes of bitterness, but never jump out at you. Great specimen, Iíd love to try this one on draught.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color, a dark brown, that could pass for black, under a solid, though short, tannish head.
Aroma: espresso bitterness, earth, dark choocolate.
Taste: again, bitter espresso flavor, with a gritty texture, and deep, dark flavor. Full-bodied, and well-rounded, hops and malt are well-matched, and blessed by a crisp, though still warmly resounding medium-length finish.
Lacks a certain creamy smoothness I enjoy in other favorite porters (Anchor, Bellís, which I had on tap tonight and canít help but compare it too), but this porter is itís own man, I must remember. Itís named, after all, in honor of sooty, coal-carriers, not witty, sophisticated songwriters with the same pronunciation to their names.
A snappy little number, and I liked it just fine.
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish dark brown with big frothy head and very nice lacing. The aroma hints of smoky and caramel malts, mocha, walnuts, dusty yeast esters, floral hops, and a touch of grapefruit. The taste starts surprisingly bitter and coffee toned, the sweet mocha malts are more subdued than expected. Undertones of citrus, smoke, and nuts. The finish is equally hoppy and lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is lively and fizzy. The malts are too subdued for my liking with this much bitterness, unlike the big hoppy porters with display of balance. Still, it had some complexity and quality. Enough to try again.
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite hoppy nose, actually. Caught me off guard. Pour is a dark dark mahogany with is barely transparent with a small off white/tannish head. Start is sweet and cabonated, giving way to a ton of hops. Finishes with bitter chocolate malts. A very hoppy porter...
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 12, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red color with medium head and roasted caramel aroma. Coffee and chocolate make this a very good porter. Not like the watered down stouts that call themselves a porter.
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a thick light tan head. Aroma is lightly caramely sweet and roasty with a hint of coffee. Body has good thickness and malty sweetness with a smooth, balanced finish. A very nice porter.