robertjm (785) - Albany, California, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bought this one at the spur of the moment. Good body. Good flavor. Not overpowering. Might call it a "lawnmower beer" version of a porter? its only $1.79 at Bevmo so I’ll probably buy it again!
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 11, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9 fl oz. 500 ml. brown stubby bottle. Best before date of 7-14-05. Product of Russia. I believe this is my first Russian beer. Anyway, it poured out a deep mahogany-chocolate brown color, with a tan colored head. Very thick and sticky. The head slid down the sides of the glass slowly. Aromas are of roasted espresso coffee beans, slight licorice, some oak barrel in the mix also. Wafts of vanilla greet the nose as well. Tastes are of dark, bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, rich malts, and a background of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Not overpowering with the anise flavors, like so many other porters. Decently balanced, somewhat fruity finish to it.
A decent Russian beer by anyone’s standards.
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark beer with a big creamy tan head. Aroma isn’t much - some malt and maybe some chocolate. Rich chocolate malt flavor that lingers. Body is just a little light - but not bad. Alcohol just makes a presence. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - a fairly simple and one dimentional aroma. Some malt. Deep brown body and a nice, tightly bubbled beige head. Fairly one dimensional - chocolate in the aroma. Chocolate, of course, in the flavor. Very drinkable and very nice!
TChrome (1434) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a well retained creamy light brown colored head. Aroma is alcoholic, brown sugar, and sweet malt. Thinness is one of the overwhelming characteristics of this porter which is too bad. Otherwise the flavor is enjoyable. Flavors of chocolate, grape juice, and a hint of roasted nuts. Enjoyable experience just needs to be thickened up a bit.
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a big, light brown head. Roasted malt and a bit of chocolate in the nose. A bit thin for the ABV, but very drinkable, a "ladies porter". The alcohol is very well hidden.
Mild bitterness in the aftertaste.
Pailhead (5395) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Aroma is mostly chocolate malt and light hops. Has a kind of syrupy smell to it as well. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a decent tan head. Fair retention. Strong raisin flavor. More so than chocolate or coffee. In order of intensity, it’s probably raisin, chocolate, burnt, then coffee. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Light coffee flavor and hops come in the finish. Very light coffee aftertaste. You can do so much better in choosing a porter. This beer seems to get a little better as you drink.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ya know, not all that bad. Had this at the CU beer fest and it was most definately one of the best things being offered. Dark in color with a tan thin head. The nose is soft and malty with a touch of spice. The taste is smoothe and slightly hoppy underneath lots of coffee malts. Good overall,
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
All Hail The Iron Fist Of Communism
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with brown head. Aroma is nice and of roasted carmel malt. This beer is very sweet but I guess that’s the style. Lots of carmel malt in this one. Doesn't taste of burnt malt like most porters... more like toasted malt. What I like a lot about this one is the mouthfeel- nice and round, silky smooth going down... Very little aftertaste though.