Beaver (1404) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The New World Porter poured an opaque midnight black. It had a monstrous brown head that had good staying power and laced the glass.
The aroma is chocolate and fruity hops with a touch of fig.
The taste is chocolate malt, with some big bitter hops, and a hint of citrus. Some figs come out as the beer warms. It has a strong burnt, chalky, slightly metallic taste/mouthfeel that mellows some with time. If not for this, this would be a top notch brew.
Overall this is a very different/interesting brew. It’s kind of an IPA and porter mix.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: dark, rich brown, and a big, creamy, cocoa/ tan head.
Aroma is perfect! Rich, delicious, bitter at first, but quickly dissolves into a luscious, creamy essence, redolent with notes of coffee, spice, rum, pepper, anise...a beautiful blend!
Taste possesses small bitterness, thick, sweet, roasted malt, and is ultimately rounded out and smoothed, immensely palatable. Tenacious flavor continues with every sip, and is instantly met with creamy smoothness. Long, rich, flavorful finish. Yum, yummy, yum! Damned near perfect, and I’d put it up there with Anchor for flavor and smooth drinkability.
If the world was better, I could get this around here, and drink it every day
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent brew. Black as night in my chalice of doom. Dark caramel colored head that lingers and lingers and lingers. Smells like a kettle pot from a middle earth brewery. Roasty...blackened...and suprisingly fruitily bitter. The dry-hopping at work. This beer is incredibly asertive for a porter. I felt like I got kicked in the mouthballs. It hits your mouth and all of a sudden all of the blood in your body rushes to your mouth. tastes of burnt toast...espresso...burnt meat even. Tied together with the fruit of the vine...hops. Lovely. This beer will explode in your mouth. Even the alcohol bites you back and its only 6.8.Worth Drinking on a daily basis. Still not as good as Anchor porter though.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. You can barely see daylight through this dark, dark porter. Its fluffy tan head leaves great lacing on the glass. The aroma is more hoppy than most porters, and the flavor has a nice dry hop along with a potent chocolate kick. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste, but this is an excellent beer. Thanks to Brownaler for the trade.
craven5000 (102) - Westville, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark caramel pour. Easy tan head that slowly dwindled. Dark body with noticeable red hints. Slightly sweet for a second before the bitterness and dark chocolate with a hint of coffee came through. The bitterness was long lasting. Medium mouth feel.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque with tall cream colored head, lasts forever. Aroma is coffee, cascade hops, caramel. Flavor is roasted nicely with a delicious bitter finish that hangs around. An exceptional porter if you like the "new world" variety. Give me another. Stupendous.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish black color with a small beige head. Sweet caramel, toffee, chocolate, and dark fruit aroma. Rich roasted coffee, chocolate, toffee, and mild hops flavors. Medium feel with a dry finish.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with ruby highlights and a small beige head. The aroma was full of milk chocolate, cirusy (mainly orange) hop tones, and some roasted coffee. The flavor was similar to the aroma, but had a great toffee aftertaste. the feel was medium thin...crisp...semi-dry finish. Nice.
zach8270 (3769) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a very deep ruby red that looks almost black with a thin tan head. Nutty aroma with an undertone of coffee and alcohol. Very strong roasted aroma with a slightly bitter and chocolaty finished. The bitter stays with you for a time. Quite tasty.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a delicious porter. Poured deep red-brown with a medium, persistent light tan head. Caramely, somewhat nutty aroma. Very rich flavor with roasted malts leading to very strong layered chocolate and caramel, finishing with earthy, spicy hops that create a piney, slightly bitter aftertaste. This does indeed "expand" the porter category and works very well. Superior to the Out of Bounds Stout.