NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick head that faded pretty fast. Black. I smelled typical roasty, choclate american style porter undeneath a huge hop aroma. Again there is a porter under all the hops, but the hops are too strong and the subtlety that typifies a great porter is buried. Iíd LOVE to try this with a lot less hops I think there is a great porter in here itís just bittered into oblivion by the hops.
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One inch thick light brown head. Nice and creamy on top. Head reforms nicely upon swirling. Light carbonation. Aroma of roasted grains, anise, chocolate and a hint of soy sauce. Color is a very dark reddish brown (almost black). Flavor is roasty and slightly burnt with some coffee. Dry palate with a bit of chalkyness. Little sweetness shows up at the finish. A very good porter.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This may of been one of the best porters Iíve had. Aroma was sweet malty presence. Body black with big chocolate head and left the whole glass covered with lacing. Flavor was rich and sweet. Some chocolate hint to it. The balance here is good. Because without the richness most porters to me are watery.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Neat pour...awesome aroma...chocolate, smoke, hops(Willamette??)...body is a bit thin...lacing is wonderful. Great job blending everything together into a unique version of what can be a tired style.
Palidor19 (3024) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and Rich, thatís the best way to describe this wonderful ale. Toasted Malts with slight cocoa and fruity overtones.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color. Medium sized beige foamy head. Aroma is hops, chocolate and coffee. A medium to full bodied porter. Malts are fruity, roasty malts and chocolate sweet. Hops are grapefruity and slightly bitter. An interesting beer. Sweet and fruity, roasty and chocolate, yet it has a nice grapefruity hop and crispness to the taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with decent beige head, that fades to film. Aroma is coffee and dark roasted grains. Flavor has some chocolate, burnt grain, and strong bitter black coffe finish. Would score higher for me w/o so much bitter coffee.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, low compact light brown head. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, pines and burnt malt in aroma. Roasted grains, coffee and chocolate in flavour with a malty sweetness from toffee. Bitter finish of blck coffee.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow... straight out of the bottle this beer has everything going for it. A nice, ebony body with red hues and reverse-waterfall building head (ala guiness) that is toasted almond colored. Its a thick froth and it lasts forever. Smell is delicious chocolate, coffee hops and maple all in the right proportions. Mouthfeel is medium-thick, just what you want from this style. Far too often my time is wasted with thin bodied porters. Flavor is strong, heavily roasted chocolate malts, espresso hops and to a lesser degree some sweet, non-dememo fruits. Only gripe is that hops are so roasted they get a little metallicaly at the end. Still, a solid porter and its about damn time.
TheBeerGod (5441) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to matta for the bottle! Black body with a tan head. Nose is roasted malt, hops, dark chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, watered down coffee, dark chocolate, and light hops. Bitter with some lactic sourness to it. Body is medium-full with mild carbonation feel. Finishes with more hoppiness, light coffee, dark chocolate and roasted maltiness. Good porter!