belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice thick head. Definitley dry-hopped. Body tastes of chocalate and roasted grains, which a fair amount of bitterness. Quite an enjoyable porter.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2004 Dark and sexy with a healthy tan head. Rich and roasty chocolate and coffee notes throughout. Very hoppy porter, indeed; sweetness takes a back seat (which I kind of liked). Grapefruit notes. Hoppy (citrusy, floral and herbal) and bitter. Very interesting and tasty.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mohagany/garnet color with a glistening,rocky mocha head that cling to the glass for attention. Light treacle aroma - hops and malt fighting for attention, but don't seem to meld. Light malt, cocoa, german chocolate and burnt toffee flavors. Somewhat thin in feel, that does thinken as it warms. Finishes with a light bittersweet burnt flavor. A touch sweet and lack black malt bitterness (made up by the extra hops), but an interesting quaff non the less.
Ernest (5879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 100% blind rating.
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin), with a note of ashes.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Previous (non-blind) rating from 2005 batch: 3.0.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black,lasting tan head. Roasted malt nose. Dry roasted malt flavor. Decently hopped
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one hopped up porter. Hops is the nose with the malt taking the back seat. Nice roasted malt front but again here comes the hops.Not a good representation of the style but an excellent beer anyway.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Productive pour. Malty, damp aroma, light hop. Typical chocolate and roasty aroma are a little distant but still noticeable.
Palate is different, soft, creamy, plenty of cocoa chocolate and roasted coffee. The hop is pretty well pronounced too making for a mildly bitter citric finish.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. An inviting light brown creamy head that stuck to the glass until the bottom. Black color with a sheen of red. A hoppy and floral somewhat sweet aroma. A flavorful hoped, creamy roasted flavor.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
deep bull moose black beverage with a sunset sheen of red. luxurious cushion of tan foam that could just about float a penny, and more lacy sheets than a french brothel. as for the beer’s engineering, i wouldn’t know a dry hop from a drenched one, but the aroma is corpulent and fruity and your nose does a double take: it seems there’s a milky way bar in there too. the texture is smooth with peripheral vivacity in the form of microscopic effervesence. what light sweetness there is becomes truncated by muscular bitterness. a strong tea flavor, like sucking on a bag of orange pekoe. full bodied and serious tastiness throughout.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color, light chocolate head, the lace is in sheets that collect on the glass. Nose is caramel, light bitter sweet chocolate. Start is sweet, the top medium, the finish is hop bitter, lightly acidic, somewhat dry, and a quite decent porter and well worth the try.