beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a very nice sweet porter. Rich ground coffee tones mixed with sweet dark chocolate up front. Not overly roasty and bitter, more smooth and rich.
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a barely see through black color. Sweet aroma of chocolate with a mild roasty quality coming through as well. Smooth sipping. Flavor starts of with a nice roasted chocolate milk flavor. Middle seems to be a little lacking and the finish has a nice roasted sweet spicy character.
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2007 Penetrable black. Dirty-white foam of sufficient density. Fragrantly airy with worty malt notes and burnt malt hulls. Indistinct vanilla, caramel, cotton, and hop scents. Softly mouth-filling, but non-prickly, carbonation. Hop accented and heavily roasty, teetering on burnt. Malt gradually develops more richness, exhibiting a smooth push of espresso and chocolate-dipped black cherries atop a soft, yet noticeable, hoppy background. Vanilla complements the slight acridness of the malt. Ends with cookie-like malt assertions laden with a tardy, but explosive, wave of lightly seared fudgecake. Thankfully there’s no overt fruitiness/acidity or fizziness to interfere with the refined delicateness. I’d wager this to be a real standout from the cask.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/11/05. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, bought at Home Brew Mart in San Diego, CA 1/5/05. Pours a deep, dark, oily brown, somewhat opaque. Light tan, fluffy head that fades too fast, but otherwise a nice-looking beer. Solid, lighty patchy, lightly shimmering, and nicely sticky lacing. Aroma has light vanilla, subtle chocolate malt with a touch of milky sweetness and black cherry, chocolate-covered, lightly roasty. Flavor has a slight punch of crisp hops and a shade of sweetness, both tossing around under a dark creamy maltiness. Some milky flavors still, also a light smoke and nutty taste with over-creamed coffee and chocolate roast. Subtle shades of dark fruit (and, again, chocolate-covered cherries) hide after awhile. Overall very mild flavors. Finishes with a very pleasantly growing roastiness, enduring medium-length. Also some rich chocolate expanding on the tongue. Medium body with a touch of tingly hop astringency and a fluffy overall mouthfeel that sort of excites all of the flavors I’m not every wild about in this beer if I let it sit (or stir) too long in the mouth. I enjoyed it quite a bit more on draft, but it’s still a nice little porter.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
this was ok. dark brown with little bit of head. strong bitter coffee, chocolate, and hoppy taste. strong taste, hard finish.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at the Stone 8th Anniversary party
Opaque dark brown, roasty nose, medium body, very smooth drinking.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft: Ballast Point Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA) Decent American porter that is fairly dark roasted and bitter in flavor, moderately sweet throughout, and sporting a strong coffee finish; The nose is dark roasted with quite a bit of chocolate aromas, and a little hoppy; Full bodied with a mildly sticky palate; Very dark brown color, but still transluscent; Tan head sure doesn’t last long though
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yes, Sick_boy282 you are crazy ;-) Sampled at the homebrew mart. This beer pours a nice garnet brown color with a small almost tan head. Aroma is roasted chocolate, malt and even some really great plum/cherry notes. Wow, I can really taste the cherry, plum flavors. Like roasted chocolate slowly covering dried plums. Body is is about what you would expect from a porter...refreshingly watery and smooth. A really great porter...maybe my favorite yet!
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great deep brown body, with a nice ivory head. Nose is suprisingly sweet, with roasted coffee on the palate.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 My favorite readily available porter Almost black in color with nice lacing.