Strykzone (5376) - 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 (5515) - Pennsburg, 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 didn’t 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. Here’s 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. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very good beer, but.......Am I making sense?
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured black with a nice thick head and great lacing.
Aroma of roast and toast with a flavor of campfire, chocolate, malt and coffee.
This beer became much more flavorful as it warmed.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft) A fairly mild porter that smelled and tasted of baker’s chocolate. No bitterness or coffee taste that I could detect, and I think that’s a good thing.
lamas (1432) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a near-opaque black with reddish highlights and a thick fluffy dark tan head that left tons of lace. Aroma is of roasty malts, bittersweet chocolate and some vanilla and hops. Taste starts nice and roasty and sweet. Flavor of dark coffee. Finish is a nice dry hoppy bitterness with some presence of warming alcohol and vanilla extract. Almost salty. Thick and solid.