GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown pour with garnet highlites supporting an impressive "moonscape" tan head with tons of lacing. Roasted coffe, chocolate, caramel & roasted malt all present in the bold aroma but there were plenty of hops in there as well - almost as though the porter was poured into a galss last used for an IPA. Milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt, currants & hops blend very nicely on the tongue. At first, I thought the mouthfeel was a tad watery but half-way down the glass, I changed my mind. Finish was long, clean and bitter for a porter. Overall, another really nice beer from a brewery that generally turns out high quality brews.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - APR 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice nearly black color with a rocky egg shell white head on top. Head leaves nices stripey laces on the glass. Suprisingly hoppy nose - new world porter - with hints of chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Very nice fresh hops taste - again with traces of roasted coffee beans, very smooth and very round. Long - nearly forever lasting finisih. Great balance.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - APR 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh hop nose mixed with cocoa, deep dark brown, tall sticky rocky head. Medium roasted malt with a few chocolately undertones gives way pretty quickly to fresh hop flavor. Bright West Coast hop resolution. This lingers and filly the mouth with hop goodness. Good name for this beer as it signifies a cross over of stlyes: American PA meets a porter. I think you can get away with this within the porter style. I think I was also attracted to this beer because we donít get beers with fresh West Coast hops that often. When we do, itís a treat. This is a successful experiement in my opinion. Would like to get more this!
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Definitely a quality beer. However, my opinion was somewhat below that of others. A citrusy flavor caused a loss of points for me. It was similar to a Pale Ale in that regard.
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a brownish red color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, roast, cherries, and hops. More roast, chocolate, and smoke, with faint hoppiness. Straight forward porter.
skisangelo (60) - Collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown/black with a thick light brown head. Thin, spidery lacing throughout. The aroma is roasty with hops and cocoa. Medium-bodied with a nice blend of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee flavors. The finish is roasty and lightly hopped and lasting.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best robust porters around. Nicely hoppy, as are all Avery beers, but a great malt character, with chocolate and coffee flavors. I love porters and love hops, so this is right up my alley.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Solid black color with a frothy head. Strong hops aroma with some subtle coffee notes. Flavor is sharp and acidic.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown pour with a big rocky tan head. Lots of carbonation keeps the head afloat. Aroma has a slight roasted and chocolate character. Flavor is mild and unaggressive with some nutty chocolate flavors and roasted grain. I didnít notice any hops, and the choc/roasted malt flavors were weak for a porter.
wyntastr (10) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to matta for talking me into ordering this for the store. Hereís the deal, I dig porters. I dig hops. This brew serves up both in spades. Huge mouthful of beer right from the get go. Rich roasted chocolate and coffee notes combined with a maltiness not too sweet for a porter. Finish is all hops, obviously benefitting from aggressive dry hopping. Now this is the conundrum, I think I like these two great qualities separate from one another. A big rich, malty porter on one hand and a bold crisp imperial IPA on the other. Donít get me wrong, this is a very good beer, but.......Am I making sense?