Pailhead (5396) - 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.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a huge creamy head that fades slowly. Aroma is of roasted malt, and chocolate chip cookies. The Flavor is also of roasted malt and sweet chocolate chip cookies. The palate is very clean but not thin when warm. This beer is not worth drinking when cool but is very nice when at room tempature. Although this is true with many beers it is more so with this beer then almost any I have had, so drink it warm.
thegreenrooster (3432) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very jet black with a nice size tan head. Aroma is very weak and the flavor is weak as well. You get some coffee and chocolate in there but nothing that knocks you off your chair. Good look to this one but it is low on flavor.
SpringsLicker (3223) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque nearly black with a huge Mocha colored head.
Slight chocolate and coffee in the aroma, but overall it is somewhat weak.
Flavor starts with a bitter somewhat salty start and finsihes with a touch of sweetness. Average if somewhat different Porter.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - SEP 3, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(on bottle)A sent of rotten bark of ash (the tree) and some roast. Not in a bad way, though. Noce violet/black color and a surprisingly weak taste. This most be the taste of original porter. No coffee, no liqurce and allmost no bitterness; easy drinkalble.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool 16.9 oz bottle. Extremely large fluffy tan head. Dark brown appearance, almost black. Very roasty dry coffee flavor. The roast is not too powerful, but the dryness does come through pretty big in the finish. Not a very complex flavor, but well balanced all the same.
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
color is a deep deep brown, no light gets through though. head is tan, and bubbly. aroma is fairly roasty, but more smoky. but the smokiness is not overpowering and is quite complementary. chocolate is there, but VERY subdued. flavor is virtually the same, smokiness, mild roast, mild chocolate, light alcohol, bold flavor...damn good if you ask me.