OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - Pours black with a creamy tan head that stays very well and clings to the side of the glass the whole way down. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, coffee, and maybe a little dough. Flavor is earthy. Notes of chocolate and caramel come through but more notes of smoke and peat there for me. The hops take over on the finish and leave you thirsting for more. Palate is smooth and creamy and robust. A very drinkable beer and a unique porter.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, thin reddish highlights, and a lackluster light brown head. Some lace. Very pleasant aroma, light sourness, lingering spicy notes, creamy richness, with cookie dough, strong coffee and alcohol bite to the nose, and bitter chocolate bar. Flavor imparts a very inviting mildly sweet & creamy chocolate base, back by a mild woody and spicy hop finish. Just wonderful. Medium body, very adequate for this beer. Very impressed. "Seashell in a sea of shells.”
walleye (1073) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
from the bottle. poured black with with deep mahogany edges with a brown head. aroma, caramel, malts, chocolate, hints of hops. flavor, toffee, caramel, malts, chocolate, dark fruits. a very good beer.
cazort (553) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma very, very caramely, sweet. Smoky flavour develops: complex, confusing (think lyrically amusing). Taste is not very sweet, a bit salty, too much like worcestershire sauce. I love the hops though--as it claims, a bold, dry hop presence. I had it from a bottle...I wonder how much better it would be on tap? This is a good beer, although it is in a totally different category from, say, the Edmund Fitzerald. My big question: why so much alcohol? I suspect this beer would taste much, much better with a lower alcohol content. There’s something almost caustic about it. Plus, other seemingly weaker flavoured beers do a better job of masking higher alcohol contents. This would be much better if it were around 5% I think. 7% is just too much, and does not mesh with the other flavours.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Black pour. Hops and unsweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma, with a touch of smoke. More chocolate in the flavor, with toffee, and more hops and a touch of draker fruits and prunes. Very nice.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark dark brown/black color body with a beige seafoam looking head. Lots of citrus hops on the nose, a little roast. Flavors are creamy coffe at first with a big hop kick in the ass. The finish has a resiny grapefruity hop taste. Smooth, creamy body. Very good porter.
1FastSTi (3343) - 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 (5973) - 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 (2863) - 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.