zach8270 (3801) - 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.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle no freshness dateDark brown and clear with a decent looking head which seems to be retaing well. Nice aroma, caramel, chocolate and cookie dough come to mind.Some nice caramel notes in there as well. Medium body with even carbonation and a slightly dry and bitter finish. Flavor is nice also. Bitter chocolate, roasted malt and a slioght smokiness. Overall a damn fine Porter. Thanks to whaleman for the sample.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium off white head and jet black body. A little bitter roast in front with fruits in back, just like porters should be.
BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown with reddish highlights producing a creamy fading tan head and outstanding lace. The aroma hints of bittersweet chocolate, roasted caramel, floral and grassy hops, currents and cherry, and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts with a mocha and caramel note but quickly a piney hop bitterness comes forth. Additional tones of grapefruit, rye bread, and minor coffee are detected as well. The finish is bitter, slightly nutty and lasting. This thin to medium-bodied porter as a lively and yet smooth mothfeel. While not fully within style characteristics, it is a fine drink never the less. Quaffable and refreshing. Glad to have more than one bottle. Thanks tidiaguy and Tannertavernboys for hooking me up with this beer.
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
hm wow, this is a fantastic porter. pours out dark, small head- aroma of chocolate as well as a small hoppy aroma. this has a great coffee aftertaste that lingers for about 15 seconds after a sip. this is good, really good in fact.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown in color. Hoppy chocalate aroma. Really yummy.. Malty flavor. Smooth palate. Very interesting.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with a nice tan head. Hoppy chocolate aroma. Malty roasty chocolate flavor, with lots of hop flavor and a citrussy hop finish. Very smooth palate, with a bit of hop astringency in the finish. Very interesting and "entertaining" brew. Thanks TCHROME!
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The dry-hoppiness overshadows some of the chocolate accents which I always look forward to when sipping a porter. However, I give the folks at Avery credit for crafting a porter-style that is tasty and unique from the traditional malty English version. Worth the six pack trial run, but I believe I'll stick with Anchor Porter or Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with garnet hues to the boundaries. Head is thick, stiff, and persistent.
Smells slightly sweet with heavy notes of espresso. Almost like a deep roast coffee with sugar. Smells above average but too simple to reach higher levels.
This beer tastes great up front with bitter dark chocolate, strong deep dark roast coffee, but slows up in the middle and then finishes clean and bitter like a quality coffee would.
Mouthfeel is outstanding and befitting the style. Thicker than your average ale but not on par with what a stout should feel like.
Drinkability is high and I recommend drinking this at a little over 50 degrees F.