IndianaRed (3220) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Pours a fairly clear dark brown with a large foamy light tan head settling down maintaining thick spotty lacing. Aroma is a bit unusual sour hoppy note with some chocolate and dark malts. Flavors are dry sour and bitter. Metallic and astringent. Feel is thin and carbonation is lively. Trailer is a burnt papery woody taste.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
black appearance with minimal head; sour, smoky, and woody aroma; thin palate; strong flavor with dark chocolate, bitter coffee and roasted notes...not a bad porter
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red-brown body, thin light tan head. Classic roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate tones. Flavor begins with sweetened chocolate and caramel before developing the strong roasted malts. Bitter finish. Piney hops are notable and meld with the roasted malts to create mentioned bitterness. Pretty good.
aracauna (3352) - Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark mahagony brown verging on black, but not quite there. The head is dense, light tan and lasting. The aroma is bitingly hoppy. Coal and hop bitterness come up first on the flavor and it may be a tad on the astringent side. Bitter chocolate arrives as the beer warms, along with a slight sweetness and some caramel. Charcoal and the hop bitterness linger in the background after the swallow. I actually really enjoy this one.
motelpogo (7706) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at the sunset grill and tap in boston. very deep brown with a big creamy head. aroma of tar and whipped cream. quite full with licorice sweetness and some lactic sourness in the finish
zach8270 (4003) - 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 (3971) - 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 (3319) - 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.