1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to a reverse cascading foamy/rocky tan head atop a dark mahogany body. Excellent lacing. The aroma is full of Cascade hops. Dark chocolate, pine and citrus hops, smoked malts. The flavor is charcoal, roasted malts, spruce hops, chocolate, hop resin. The palate is tangy and lively. Medium bodied. This is a really good beer. Similar in flavor to Koff Porter, but smells like a smoked IPA. Try this if you can.
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a reddish tinge and a small, but rocky head. Nice little hoppy aroma. The flavors are tangy caramel-based, with a twist of citrus, pine and roast nuts. Quite delicious.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark ruby brown with a large rocky light tan head. Some caramel and chocolate in the aroma, with pine and citrus hoppiness. Some roastiness and bittersweet chocolate in the flavor, melds to a resinous bitter character in the finish. Some conflicted intermingling of Cascade family hop and roast flavors in the last vestiges of the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, not particularly smooth.
OldGrowth (2790) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, sweet. Chocolate, caramel, pine. Clean brownish black color, nice head that stays a while. Bitter sweet flavors, Chocolate, caramel, little grapefruit, pine. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bittersweet finish. Nice brew, of course Avery hops up a porter. Makes it delicious.
Rballs01 (280) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz. bottle. A Nice bitter bite from the dry-hopping process and sweet caramel flavors follow into the finish. Perfectly balanced and a great beer to enjoy all-year-round. This beer shouldn’t be served too cold. The flavors are much more alive around room temp.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Complex aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and citrus hops. Roasted malt comes out more in the flavor, as does the chocolate. The hops are still there, but more on the finish. A bit tart in it’s aftertaste.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
08.16.05 12oz bottle. Quite dark, near black with auburn edges; sticky tan head laces as it fades. Aroma is not at all expected, lots of c-hops, citrus, pine, and mint. Huh. Well, I’m not a big fan of this sort of approach to hops in a roasty and choco brew--not usually. Aromas are dominated by hops in such a way that one might guess this to be an IPA if smelled blindly. Flavor is a different story. Deeply roasted and plenty of chocolate. If you like chocolate and citrus candies, this is the stuff for you. Nice full body with added unctuous love from the dry hopping. Burnt coffee and grapefruit linger long after the effy and dry finish. I don’t know what this stuff is exactly, but it’s pretty freakin good.
JK (4661) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great porter. I am surprised to read it was dry hopped because I noticed no hops at all. Aroma of an oatmeal stout. Surprisingly complex flavor for a porter; port, fruit, chocolate and coffee. A little sweet. I needed a reminder that porters can be interesting.
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black color with no head. Aroma of sour coffee. Bitter grain taste with some stale coffee on the finish. This is no porter...
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - Aroma is thick with roasted malts and chocolate. Pours a solid black with a thick brown head and decent lacing. Flavor is also roasty malt, chocolate, carmel, and a bit of hop. Sticky flavorful palate goes down smooth. A really nice porter.