LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spicy hop aroma. Nice deep dark brown color. Full roasted malt flavor. I rate this low probably because porter is not my favorite style.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown,clear with some red tint around the edges. Light brown rocky hrad that looks like the foam on top of a cup of hot cocoa.Minimal laceing.Full bodied.Chocolatey, some decent roasted malt aand coffe flavors.Slight notes of malt,coffee and some hops in the nose.Nice dry finish with a lingering dark malt finish.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 12, 2003
1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 It has been almost ten months since I last had this beer, but the scar of it remains vivid in my memory. Now donít get me wrong, I LOVE porterís, they used to be my absolute favorite style of beer. Come to think of it, this beer was the determinant factor for changing my mind. I can only hope that I had a bad batch, because what I tasted was nothing short of mercury / blood soup. It had deceptively nice color/head/carbonation, but thatís where it stops. I couldnít even pawn this stuff off unto unsuspecting passers-by.
fraternie (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong roasted coffee, hoppy aroma. Soft nose. Roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate and mochca. Finishes bitter and very hoppy for a porter. Maybe a bit too hoppy for my taste as the overly hoppy finish seems to quickly overtake the malt flavor. Lightly acidic.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great hop aromatics and flavor work rather nicely with the chocolate and roasted flavors in this remarkable porter. I happen to like hoppy porters--some may not. This is perfect for me. Great head retention and lovely ruby-ebony body. Top drawer.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Haven't been the biggest porter or stout fancier for the longest time, but after a wet and chilly day it sure sounded like a good thing. Was very glad to see a big sign proclaiming the fact that this was dry hopped so that I knew what to expect. Don't know why, but certain styles lead me to want what I have conceived as being more or less traditional. If I hadn't been aware I might well not have liked this despite being a hop man. Yum. Chocolate, roasted flavors that did well with the hops. Not too much to overwhelm the malts Just the medicine I was looking for to warm me and get me in out of the rain.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was expecting hops in the nose only but this a very hoppy porter all around. Dark chocolate and coffee also present. Nice stuff!
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one greets you with a thick luscious palate full of chocolate malt. And then, as a surprise, a big huge hop finish - abnormal for this style, but a welcome balance to the sweetness. This ends up tasting like burnt chocoalte, and that's a very good thing
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2003 Well hopped is right, I've had many an IPA that wasn't as hopped as this - I'm not complaining, actually I'm loving it. Looks like a Porter, dark brown(maybe black), pours with 1/4" head. Citrus aroma just like an IPA. It taste like some one poured an chocolate stout in my Celebration Ale! Hops, Chocolate, roast(slight), a little carmel. Delicous brew.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
its dark..evil dark..with bloody sheets laid within and a blooming tan life laying down to rest and resurrecting as confused and ascending lace..hop painted aroma with notes of singing roasted malts and coffee screams and growing chocolate surroundings..silky smooth mouthfeel of wicked hop buds and roasted grains..deadly bitterness in the end..very smooth, bitter, with notes of decaying chocolate covered plum flesh arising when temperatures warm..